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Long Beach Bike Accident Lawyer

In February 2018, the California Department of Public Health reported that bicyclist injury rates increased by percent from 28.4 per 100,000 residents in 2007 to 34.4 per 100,000 residents in 2013. The 13,334 bicyclist injuries in 2013 represented 5.9 percent of the 226,232 total traffic injuries that year.

Between 2007 and 2013, there were 87,845 total injuries, 86,927 of which were non-fatal and 918 of which were fatal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that the 840 bicyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States in 2106 was an increase from the 829 fatalities in 2015.

Long Beach Bike Accident Lawyer

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident in Long Beach, you will not want to be handling your case on your own. Make sure that you quickly hire a skilled personal injury lawyer.

The May Firm has been named one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators and are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Our firm can answer all of your legal questions when you call (866) 825-7909 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Causes of Long Beach Bike Accidents

Many bicycle accidents in Long Beach involve some kind of driver negligence. You need to keep in mind that insurance companies will frequently argue a bicyclist was somehow at fault for their crash, even when the evidence makes it clear the driver was at fault.

Some common causes of bike accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Emergency — A driver could experience some kind of episode such as a heart attack or asthma attack that affects their ability to drive and causes a collision.
  • Construction Zone Violations — Under California Vehicle Code § 21370, the California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is authorized to, while engaged in the construction of a state highway upon new alignment, restrict the use of and regulate the movement of traffic upon any highway intersecting the project at or near the place of intersection whenever such work interferes with or endangers the safe movement of traffic through the work.
  • Failure to Maintain Vehicle — Some motor vehicles fail because the owner does not properly care for the automobile. An accident caused by such a failure will usually make the owner responsible for all damages.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol or Drugs — Law enforcement will typically arrest any person’s whose intoxication by drugs or alcohol causes a crash, but you need to know that the offender’s criminal case is a completely separate matter from your own civil action. In other words, a driver may avoid a conviction in criminal court but still be held liable in a civil court.
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Signs or Lights — A driver who goes through a stop sign or red light will be much more likely to strike a bicyclist who is obeying the law.
  • Defective Parts — Some vehicles malfunction because of an issue with various mechanical parts. These defects are often uncovered after accidents have been fully investigated but help explain why drivers suddenly lost control of their vehicles.
  • Inclement Weather — If the weather takes a turn for the worse, it makes a lot of things more difficult for drivers to see on the road, especially bicyclists.
  • Reckless Driving — Reckless driving is defined as driving a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property under California Vehicle Code § 23103.
  • Driver Fatigue — A tired driver is a dangerous driver. Such individuals are simply not prepared to react in emergency situations, but they are also at greater risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.
  • Distracted Driving — Talking or text messaging on cell phones are perhaps the most common forms of distractions, but drivers can just easily be distracted by looking at maps, performing functions on their dashboards, or even talking to passengers.
  • Improper or Illegal Turns — A driver who performs a turn that is not allowed is more likely to catch all other people on the road by surprise and leave them powerless to avoid collisions.
  • Speeding — A driver who is going too fast is frequently at greater risk of striking pedestrians who assume the vehicles are obeying posted speed limits.
  • Defective Highways — Some accidents could be the result of failure of a governmental entity to post proper signs or take other steps to protect pedestrians. The entities could be liable in some cases.
  • Other Traffic Violations — A number of other common traffic offenses could also make a driver liable for damages.

Be especially careful with what you say to an insurance company after a bike accident. Representatives for insurers are always looking for ways to resolve your case for as little as possible, and you may very well be offered a lump sum settlement.

An agent may tell you that accepting the settlement will allow you to keep more money for yourself, but the truth is that the offer you are likely being presented with is probably far short of what you are actually entitled to. Let the May Firm fight to recover all of the compensation you need and deserve.

Types of Long Beach Bike Accident Injuries

It goes without saying that bicyclists simply do not have the same kind of protection that is enjoyed by the occupants of motor vehicles. With this in mind, the nature of the injuries bicyclists suffer is often life-changing.

Not only do bicyclists face increased likelihood of lengthy medical care needs, but they also have to deal with an inability to return to work. Some of the most common injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprains
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Burn injuries
  • Fractures
  • Road rash

Many bicyclists die from the injuries they sustain. The families of these people can usually file wrongful death lawsuits to recover compensation for the income and other types of support they have lost.

Contact a Bike Accident Attorney in Long Beach

Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a bike accident in Long Beach? Be sure that your first phone call is to the May Firm.

Our firm will fight to ensure that you receive every last dollar of compensation you are entitled to. Call (866) 825-7909 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

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Contact us to get started. It is important to have the proper legal representation on your side if you’re involved in a motorcycle crash. Often wrongful blame is placed on the rider in a multi-vehicle collision due to the increased risk that comes with riding a motorcycle. Insurance companies are reluctant to side with the motorcyclist and oftentimes will attempt to place the full or partial blame on them. Don’t accept that blame and the legal repercussions that come with it.

Call (866) 619-6679 to schedule a free consultation with our award-winning motorcycle accident lawyers. We’ll help determine the viability of your case based on your testimony and help you determine the best way to proceed. Working on a contingency fee means our lawyers are only compensated when your case or settlement is won, and our extensive experience and case history allow us to settle most claims out of court, giving you a faster resolution to your case and allowing you to focus on your recovery process. We factor in every possible expense when building your settlement: Medical bills, wage loss, property damage, and emotional suffering are all considered. Our goal is to help you put your life back in order to the best of our ability.

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