If you were injured on your bicycle in or around Sacramento, get help from our bicycle accident attorneys today.
The first thing you should always do in any bike injury accident is seek medical attention immediately, even if your injuries appear to be minor. Don’t try to be tough and shrug it off. If the accident was caused by someone else and you’re contemplating legal action, receiving prompt medical treatment will be beneficial to your case. Make sure to keep copies of your medical records. If you are unable to afford medical treatment, please contact us for advice. In many cases, our attorneys can help you get the treatment you need.
There are also other steps you can take. It’s vitally important for anyone injured in a bicycle accident to document the incident as thoroughly as possible. Get the names of the motor vehicle driver, police officers at the scene and any witnesses. Take photographs of your injuries and the accident scene. As soon as possible, write down every detail you can remember about the accident before your memory fades. Accomplishing these tasks can help develop a stronger case.
Please contact us if you have been injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else. Chances are you will not receive fair compensation negotiating with the insurance company and other parties involved in the case by yourself.
Anyone who caused the accident can be held liable, although different laws may apply to each case. That’s one reason why it’s important to choose a full-service personal injury law firm such as Demas Law Group, P.C. Liable parties in bicycle accidents include:
- Negligent drivers who are found to be fully or partly responsible for the accident.
- Negligent manufacturers, retailers or distributors of bicycles can be sued for selling defective products.
- Negligent repair shops can be held liable for shoddy repair work that caused an accident.
- Negligent city, county or state agencies responsible for maintaining safe roadways can be sued if poor maintenance or design caused the accident.
- Negligent property owners may be liable if improperly maintained property caused the accident.
Yes. Unlike pedestrians, who have the right of way, bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as automobiles and other motor vehicles. Sometimes, bicyclists fail to follow these rules and an accident results. However, just because the bicyclist may have violated a traffic law does not necessarily confer full fault for the accident. In many cases, the cause for the accident is still partially attributed to the negligent vehicle driver. When this is the case, any settlement you recover will be based on the percentage of fault attributed to the driver.
Yes. Often, bicyclists are injured taking evasive action in order to avoid a negligent driver. The bicyclist avoids colliding with the vehicle, but the evasive action causes the accident. In these cases, the driver of the vehicle is just as liable as if he’d struck the bicyclist. Sometimes, drivers will attempt to flee, which is considered leaving the scene of an accident (or a hit and run accident), even if they didn’t strike the bicyclist. It’s very important to track such drivers down in order to file a case.
For more information, please visit our General FAQs page for answers to the following questions and more:
- How long do I have to file a case in a bicycle accident?
- What can I be compensated for in a bicycle accident?
- What is my bicycle accident case worth?
- How much does it cost to hire a Demas Law Group, P.C., bicycle accident attorney?
Below we have compiled a list of resources you may wish to consult:
- The American Family Physician’s excellent guide to bicycle injuries: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0515/p2007.html
- Discover the rules of the road for bicycling in California: http://www.bikelink.com/law_safety.asp
- The California Highway Patrol offers comprehensive data on bicycle accidents: https://www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services/programs/california-motorcyclist-safety
- Are you a cyclist in Sacramento? The Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates website offers useful safety information and updates on local programs and projects. http://sacbike.org/
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