Fresno Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Fresno Bicycle Accident Attorney

 
  • 25 + Years of Experience

    When you hire us, you’re adding unmatched experience to your team, ensuring you get the best possible outcome.

  • 99% Win Rate

    Our firm maintains an impressive 99% win rate, even while accepting difficult cases other law firms have turned away.

  • No Upfront Fees

    We are not afraid of trial, and insurance companies know this. If it’s in your best interest, we are always trial ready.

How a Lawyer Can Protect Your Best Interests

Bicycling is a popular form of exercise for Fresno residents and, for many, serves as an important form of transportation. When a driver fails to share the road, the results are often catastrophic and deadly for the cyclist. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicyclists involved in a crash with a motor vehicle are more likely to sustain severe injuries than in any other crash type. If your ride or that of a loved one turned tragic due to a negligent driver, The May Firm can help you. Call us for a free case evaluation with a dedicated Fresno bicycle accident lawyer today.

Examples of Our Success

We take great pride in our history of securing positive outcomes for our clients. Each bicycle accident or wrongful death case is unique, and the examples below are not a prediction of the outcome of your case. The May Firm fights hard to secure the best possible outcome for all our clients.

Examples of our past success include:

  • $2.3 million for a car accident victim who suffered injuries in a rear-end collision
  • $1.9 million wrongful death case involving a pedestrian struck and killed by a motorist
  • $450,000 wrongful death case involving the death of a bicyclist struck by an uninsured motorist

These are just a few examples of how we helped other bicycle injury or wrongful death clients. To learn how we can help you, call us now for a free case evaluation: (559) 385-2090 or contact us online today.

The May Firm Helps Fresno Bicyclists Injured by Negligent Drivers

When it comes to your Fresno bicycle accident, we can help best if you act quickly. Contacting us without delay is imperative to ensuring your case meets the California statute of limitations for civil action. The time limit is generally two years for both Fresno bicycle accident and wrongful death cases.

This is not much time as you deal with major life changes. Failing to file your case on time is not an option, and just one way The May Firm can help you with your potential lawsuit.

Insurance companies tend to settle cases out of court rather than face The May Firm in court. If we cannot negotiate the type of settlement you deserve through negotiations, our team is ready to take your case to court.

Our commitment to bicycle accident victims is unwavering. We believe drivers who fail to share the road are responsible for those they injure or to the families left behind. As Fresno bicycle accident lawyers, we investigate and determine liability and pursue civil action accordingly.

Bicycles and SUVs

Any type of vehicle can cause a bicyclist serious harm; however, sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are of special concern. The high profile of an SUV places a rider at risk for injuries in the midsection of the body. This is in contrast to the lower body type injuries often caused by sedans.

The New York Times reports that SUVs outsold sedans two to one in one recent year, and this trend shows no indication of stopping. An SUV driver who engages in the following acts of negligence while behind the wheel can end your bike ride and possibly your life:

Distracted Driving

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that distracted driving tops the list of drivers’ list of growing dangers on the road. Distracted driving involves three main types of distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Texting behind the wheel involves all three forms of distraction. A study by AAA shows that drivers who text behind the wheel are up to eight times more likely to become involved in a crash. Other forms of driver distraction include passengers, programming music or navigational devices, and eating.

Aggressive Driving

A driver running late for work or who fails to exercise patience around bicycles can cause a traumatic accident.

Signs of an aggressive driver include:

  • Purposely tailgating
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Speeding

These types of behaviors can turn into road rage, which typically involves:

  • Throwing objects at other drivers
  • Purposely running a driver off the road

These are only a few examples of the dangerous behaviors aggressive drivers exhibit. When these behaviors result in serious injuries for bicyclists, the driver may face liability for the cyclist’s damages.

Drunk Driving

Those who choose to drive rather than find an alternative transportation mode pose a real threat to bicyclists. A bicycle does not protect a driver with reduced reaction times and impaired judgment.

More than 10,000 people died in drunk driving-related crashes during one recent year. Drunk driving remains a danger on Fresno streets and highways, despite stricter laws and public service campaigns.

Drowsy Driving

There is no way of knowing whether a driver next to you is drowsy—until it is too late. The National Sleep Foundation reports that people need between seven and nine hours of sleep to feel rested and fully functional.

An undiagnosed sleep disorder or a restless night of tossing and turning can forever change the life of a bicyclist. If your accident injuries are due to a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel, contact The May Firm as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.

Driving a motor vehicle of any size or type is a tremendous responsibility—one that requires obeying all traffic laws. An out-of-control vehicle can cause serious harm for a cyclist, one that instantly impacts their life. The May Firm helps bicycle accident victims in Fresno fight for justice, and the compensation victims deserve.

Bicycle Injuries, Costs, and Impacts on Your Life

A bicycle accident can result in more than just one injury. The impact of being thrown from a bicycle against a vehicle and the hard road surface often causes traumatic and catastrophic injuries for the cyclist. The following are just a few examples of how such an accident can impact the body:

Spinal cord injury – The spinal cord communicates with the brain by sending and receiving messages. These messages involve sensation and movement. When damaged, communication becomes limited or may stop.

A spinal cord injury generally involves one of two types:

  • Complete injury: The accident victim experiences a total lack of sensation or movement below the injury point.
  • Incomplete injury: The accident victim experiences limited sensation or movement below the point of injury.

This type of catastrophic injury can make an accident victim dependent upon a power chair for mobility. Home modifications and chair accessible transportation are expenses added to the growing pile of medical bills.

The permanence of a victim’s paralysis requires replacing power chairs and other devices throughout their lifetime. According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, these costs can reach millions of dollars. When these costs are due to another driver’s negligence, fight back by pursuing a civil claim, and lawsuit with help from The May Firm.

Brain injury – A brain injury can range from a serious concussion to a severe TBI. Depending upon the type of brain injury, you or a loved one experienced, motor and cognitive function changes often require therapies and rehabilitation. A traumatic brain injury can impact a loved one’s behavior and emotions, resulting in angry outbursts or depression.

Placing a loved one in a skilled nursing facility is never an easy decision, yet it is often necessary for the care they require. Skilled nursing facilities are expensive, with the average costs ranging in the thousands of dollars per month.

At The May Firm, we believe that the person responsible for the brain injury should pay these costs and not you. This is why we fight insurance companies who are reluctant to pay or attempt to underpay our clients the funds they so desperately need.

Broken bones – A bicycle accident is likely to result in multiple broken bones due to the lack of protection. No matter how much safety gear a cyclist wears, it often does little to prevent broken bones.

With 206 bones in the human body and 62 in the lower extremity alone, the chances of breaking more than one bone are very real. If you suffered broken bones in a bicycle accident caused by a dangerous driver, you may face several surgeries. Your need for personal and medical care can far surpass your finances—especially if you cannot work.

Internal injuries – Seeking immediate medical attention following your bicycle accident is crucial for your health. Internal bleeding is just one example of a serious injury that exhibits few outward symptoms. If left untreated, internal bleeding can cause organ damage and result in death.

Road rash and other injuries make a bicycle accident a painful experience. The physical, financial, and emotional damage you suffer is not fair, and demands accountability.

A personal injury lawyer from The May Firm can provide you with legal representation during this stressful time. By allowing us to handle your case, you can channel your limited energy toward healing and recovery.

Community Involvement

At The May Firm we strive to be involved and connected to our local community. For example, this past holiday season we organized bicycle and Christmas tree giveaways for individuals in our community. Our goal is to be a positive force for good in the local community and give back in some small measure to those we can serve. We receive satisfaction and joy from serving our clients and will continue to look for ways to be of assistance to the community as a whole. We receive positive energy from the community when we are involved.

We have listed a few of the local organizations we support and look forward to growing our outreach in the future. If you have any suggestions for ways we can be of service or support, please reach out to us.

  • Memorial Golf Classic
  • Rodeo
  • Hope
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  • CASA

Where Compassion Meets Experience

We take pride in working hard for each of our valued clients and will help you recover from your injuries and losses, including lost wages, mental anguish, future earning potential, disability or continued health care needs and lost or damaged property.

Our Fresno injury lawyers stay well-informed and up-to-date on all applicable legal changes, so you can be confident that you will always receive relevant, current legal advice.

If you have suffered a personal injury or are a victim of an accident that is not your at fault for, contact our award winning Fresno attorneys 24/7 to schedule your free case consultation. You can also call our Fresno office at 1-(559)-385-2090. Let us be your personal injury and accident advocate.

“My number one goal is to help others. When you step foot into our firm, you’ll be treated like family, period.”
Robert May, Attorney | Founder

Cases Involving Wrongful Death

The NHTSA statistics, citing more than 10,000 bicyclists deaths in one year, is both alarming and tragic. If you lost a close loved one in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, contact The May Firm to learn if you qualify for compensation.

California law limits who may file a wrongful death claim and lawsuit. Pursuing legal action can never fill the void left by your loved one. It can, however, possibly serve as a form of justice in memory of your loved one. It can also, if successful, help with such expenses like that of a funeral and burial.

Other possible forms of compensation include:

  • Loss of income from a spouse
  • Loss of potential future earnings
  • Final medical costs for your loved one
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of companionship

Wrongful death is a complex legal matter best left to a licensed professional attorney. The May Firm team treats all clients with compassion while we aggressively represent their interests in or out of court.

Contact The May Firm’s Fresno Bicycle Accident Attorneys Today

Bicycle riding should not turn tragic due to a negligent driver. When a driver chooses to text, drink, or engage in other dangerous activity behind the wheel, hold them accountable. Whether it is new or repeat behavior, the driver must face accountability for their negligence.

At The May Firm, we work on a contingency basis. This means that we collect our fee only from any compensation we secure for you. You have enough stress without worrying about how to pay for a lawyer. If we do not win your case, you owe us nothing.

When combined with our free case evaluation, contacting The May Firm leaves you nothing to lose. Having someone on your side during this time of upset and tragedy is imperative. Your injuries or loss demand all of your time, leaving you none for pursuing legal action alone.

The May Firm is a family-based law firm, and our approach is one of kindness and empathy. As Fresno bicycle accident lawyers, we understand that accident victims and their families feel overwhelmed by their situation.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries or a loved one died while riding a bicycle in Fresno, let us help you. We will keep you updated on your case’s progress, and we are happy to answer any questions you may ask.

Twenty-four months is not much time for pursuing your bicycle accident injury or wrongful death claim. A major life change, like that of a serious injury or a loss, can cause time to pass quickly without your realizing it. Our team can ensure that you do not miss your chance for possible compensation.

Your damages are real and unfair. Take the first step toward holding the responsible driver accountable by contacting The May Firm for a free consultation today.

Fresno Bicycle Accident FAQ

Get help from The May Firm for your Fresno bicycle accident by contacting us today. A member of our team will provide a free case evaluation to determine if your case qualifies for legal action. Call (559) 385-2090 now or contact us online to start pursuing justice for your tragic loss.

Bicyclists have the same rights—and responsibilities—as other road users. When a driver fails to share the road by engaging in dangerous behavior, they are often liable for the damages that result.

A driver can lose control of their vehicle due to:

  • Driving drunk
  • Texting and driving
  • Driving drowsy
  • Speeding or other aggressive forms of driving
  • Road rage

The impact between an SUV or other large vehicle and a bicycle is often devastating for the cyclist. Part of the appeal of SUVs for consumers is the high profile of the vehicle. This is the very feature that places bicyclists at risk for serious injuries in the mid-section of their bodies.

In some cases, the fault may lie with more than one party. For example, a semi-truck with poor tires or faulty brakes may face liability for damages if the company knew yet failed to fix these hazards. All drivers have the responsibility to care for and properly maintain their vehicles. When mechanics fail to inspect, repair, or replace a dangerous part, they may face inclusion in a Fresno bicycle accident claim and lawsuit.

At The May Firm, we thoroughly investigate bicycle accidents to identify all parties intentionally responsible for your damages. We aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf and stand by your side throughout your case. Dealing with insurance companies is not easy, and something that should you do alone will only add to your stress.

There are many dos and don’ts following a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver.

Here are a few important steps to take immediately:

  • Do call 911 and report the accident
  • Do try to remain calm
  • Do ask witnesses for their contact information
  • Do take pictures with your smartphone
  • Do not speak with the driver responsible for the accident
  • Do not share information regarding the crash on social media

If your injuries prevent you from gathering information or taking pictures, ask a witness to help you. Limit what you say and do not post information regarding the accident on social media.

Insurance companies may gain access to statements you make following the accident and use them against you. Never apologize to the driver—your apology may sound like an admission of guilt to others. Remembering these important steps is imperative to protecting any future legal action you may pursue.

Contacting a Fresno bicycle accident lawyer immediately following your crash is a proactive step toward protecting your best interests.

A Fresno bicycle accident case, whether filed through the courts or via an insurance claims process, is generally the first course of action when you suffer injuries due to negligence. A bicycle accident lawyer from The May Firm can negotiate with an insurance company for an out-of-court settlement, or litigate your case in a court of law.

If your lawyer deems it necessary to proceed to trial, they then take your case before a judge and jury. While many bicycle accident injury cases settle without going to court, it is best to keep this option open. To take your case to court, you must file your lawsuit within the required statute of limitations, which is two years under California law.

The tight deadline starts the moment you suffer your injuries. There are generally no further options for pursuing compensation if you miss the deadline. The sudden and unexpected changes to your life can overwhelm you. By securing legal representation from The May Firm, you can rest easy that a lawyer is at work on your behalf.

You can help your case by providing your lawyer with evidence relating to your accident.

The most common types of evidence include:

  • Contact information for eyewitnesses
  • Pictures of the accident scene
  • A police report
  • Your medical bills
  • Proof of your loss of income

You may find some of this evidence among your personal belongings or on your smartphone. Once you gather this information, get it to your lawyer as soon as possible.

Witnesses who are eager to help may forget important details over time. Interviewing them soon after the accident is imperative for gathering the most information possible. A careful review of other evidence, like that of photographs, takes time—something not on your side.

Accepting an insurance settlement on your own is never a good idea. First and foremost, insurance companies are quite skilled at what they do. Aggressive insurance adjusters have years of experience using tactics designed to save their company money.

These tactics—unfortunately—leave accident victims with far less compensation than they deserve. Accepting an initial offer without a lawyer present can actually cost you money later, should your medical condition worsen.

Accepting an initial settlement offer closes your claim. This leaves you with no legal options for any future medical needs. Insurance companies know this; however, you may not fully understand the consequences during your time of pain and suffering.

Protecting your best interests is essential for securing the compensation you deserve. Our team is well aware of how insurance companies work, and that is why we want to get to work for you now.

Bicycle accident injury cases differ due to the details unique to each accident.

Most Fresno bicycle accident claims include a few types of compensation:

  • Medical expenses: Includes medical transport to the hospital and fees associated with your care while there
  • Continuous medical expenses: Includes ongoing medical costs such as rehabilitation, medications, and therapies
  • Loss of pay: The wages you lost due to time away from work recovering
  • Loss of future earnings: The possible income you could have earned had you returned to the same job as before
  • Pain and suffering due to the physical, financial, emotional, and psychological harm you suffered

It is extremely frustrating to learn that your injuries were most likely preventable—had the driver responsible used care. A driver’s failure to share the road is more than a traffic violation; It is a life-changing experience for you and your family.

The May Firm works hard to secure the best outcome possible for our clients. When you hire us, we treat you like family. As a family oriented law firm, we offer a relaxing atmosphere with a friendly and compassionate staff.

Reaching out to a Fresno bicycle accident lawyer should not intimidate you but rather serve as an important first step toward justice. Whether the driver responsible for your bicycle accident faces criminal charges or not, you may still pursue a civil case against them.

The May Firm does not require a retainer or deposit. In fact, our fee depends upon securing compensation in your case. Our contingency fee approach makes our services affordable for bicycle accident victims. Do not let the fear of lawyer fees prevent you from reaching out to our firm today.

We understand that your mounting medical costs and inability to work are causing you significant stress. Rest assured that lawyer fees do not apply to your current expenses. If and when we secure a positive outcome for you is when we will collect our fee. If we do not win your case, you do not pay for our services.

A free case evaluation with a team member can help you understand if you have a cause for legal action. Contact The May Firm today to learn if your bicycle accident qualifies for a Fresno bicycle accident claim and lawsuit.

Yes. If you lost a loved one in a Fresno bicycle accident, you may qualify for a wrongful death action. Wrongful death claims and lawsuits are complex. Your time of grief is not the time to handle the details of your case.

Holding the party responsible for your loved one’s untimely death is important for several reasons:

  • It can serve as a form of justice in memory of your loved one.
  • Any possible compensation can help you with your loved one’s final expenses and your future financial needs.
  • It may hold the party responsible accountable so that they never repeat the same dangerous behavior.

Losing a close loved one is difficult enough. Let us handle the sensitive details of your loved one’s tragic accident. We will promptly inform you about any developments.

The May Firm Treats You Like Family

We understand that accident victims may hesitate to contact an attorney. Some victims fear the cost—something that is not a factor with our firm—and some feel intimidated by the process.

At The May Firm, we acknowledge these concerns. We treat each client as a member of the family by providing an inviting and caring atmosphere.

Our study of the law and our knowledge regarding how to proceed with a claim and litigation is why we are here—to help accident victims like you. With a commitment to securing the best possible outcome of your case, The May Firm stands ready to fight for compensation and justice on your behalf.

Time is of the utmost importance following your bicycle accident. The medical bills start immediately, as your work comes to an abrupt halt. The combination of these two factors is just not fair when another driver was negligent.

You may have thought about calling our Fresno bicycle lawyers. The chaos of your medical appointments, procedures, and other life changes can lead you to put off this most important call.

Once you contact The May Firm, we get to work immediately. We waste no time in preparing your case for negotiations and a possible trial. Our team can ease your mind regarding court deadlines and processes. By placing your case in our hands, we shoulder the responsibility of your case.

There is no instant solution to your physical and financial challenges. Fighting for what you deserve is vital and why you should never speak with an insurance adjuster alone. Your physical pain and emotional stress may result in you agreeing to an unfair settlement.

Let our team handle aggressive insurance adjusters. Refer them to your lawyer and focus on your rest. The May Firm knows how to spot an insurance adjuster’s attempts to pay as little as possible. We can firmly negotiate for a better settlement for you.

Witnesses may move, and evidence can easily become lost over time. The May Firm can complete all necessary paperwork, make phone calls, investigate the accident scene, and more. This important work requires a dedicated focus by those skilled in bicycle accident injury law.

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