When to Hire a Fatal Bicycle Accident Attorney
The seventh most popular recreational activity in the U.S. brought in $7.2 billion in new and used equipment sales in 2012 with an estimated 40 million Americans participating a minimum of six times each during the year according to the National Sporting Goods Association.The sport is cycling with the most popular cycle being the bicycle. Approximately 18.7 million bicycles were sold in the U.S. in 2012 according to the National Bicycle Dealers Association. And with sunshine filled days upon us here in California, you can bet bicyclists will be taking full advantage of the warm weather to comfortably ride to work or enjoy an outdoor activity with the family. This increased bicycle activity sadly relates to peak season for bicycle-related accidents contributing to the approximately 33,000 traffic fatalities each year in the United States. Between 2011 and 2012, while there was a tragic 3.3 percent increase in total traffic fatalities in the U.S., cyclist fatalities increased by a whopping 6.5 percent. In California, bicyclists and other cyclists made up 4 percent of the people killed on roads and highways from 2010 through 2012 with 124 people losing their lives in 2012 accounting for a 7 percent increase from 2011. With this, the real question is when to hire a bicycle accident attorney. The answer is now!
Statistics courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Why are bicyclist fatalities increasing more rapidly than fatalities of motor vehicle occupants year after year? There are several theories attempting to explain this statistic. Some observers believe the active devotion to making cars safer with such features as adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance systems, autonomous braking, adaptive headlights and other innovations that improve a motor vehicle occupant’s ability to avoid accidents actually translates into more dangerous drivers. As drivers feel safer in their vehicles they start to forget about the risks associated with driving resulting in progressively more hazardous environments for those people outside the motor vehicle.
What do you do if your loved one is involved in a fatal bicycle accident?
Talking about the death of a loved one is never easy. You may be at a loss for what to do or who to contact. Get informed by contacting an experienced California fatal bicycle accident attorney to help you answer those tough to discuss questions such as who was at fault for the accident and to discover if you are owed any compensation. By law, bicyclists have the same rights as motorized vehicle operators and by hiring the right fatal bicycle accident attorney, your interests will be looked after by someone who will diligently fight for what you can recover from your loss. Your attorney will understand that talking dollars with any party during this time is emotional and will be equipped to negotiate and pursue these hard-to-handle tasks for you.
Contact The May Firm, Fatal Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Here at The May Firm, we will treat you as family and be sensitive to you in your time of tragedy while intently fighting for your case and focusing on getting you the settlement you deserve or winning in court. We have handled numerous personal injury cases and are happy to discuss our track record with you and answer any questions you may have in regards to our firm or your personal case. Please, contact us today for a free case consultation. We will help you to understand the next steps that need to be taken to pursue your case and give you the peace of mind that you have consulted with experienced California fatal bicycle accident attorneys that are ready to help.