Santa Cruz Bike Accident Lawyers
Bicycle riding is a popular activity for riders of all abilities and is
a mainstay of the culture. Whether taking a neighborhood cruise with your
kids or heading out on a century tour with your cycling club, the weather
and scenery of Santa Cruz could not provide better incentive to get out
and spin your wheels. While no one heads out on a bike ride expecting
to get in an accident, the unfortunate truth is that bicycle accidents
occur at a high rate and a serious accident has the power to negatively
affect the lives of everyone involved.
Bike Crash Statistics
Over the past several years, collisions involving injury or death have
increased by 26%. The most heavily affected areas are Soquel Drive/Avenue,
Pacific Avenue, Laurel Street, and Bay Street. There are many precautions
which can be taken and riders should always wear a helmet and highly visible
clothing, especially at night. A properly functioning bicycle with working
head and tail lights and well-maintained brakes is also essential to safety.
Even the most prepared rider, however, can become a
bicycle accident injury victim through no fault of his or her own.
Car and truck drivers are often responsible for serious bicycle accident
injuries and almost 80% of all Santa Cruz bike accidents involve a motor
vehicle. Riders are no match for the tons of steel they face in motor
vehicle accidents and some typical accident scenarios include motorists
failing to yield the right of way, drivers crowding riders off the road,
and motor vehicle drivers simply refusing to share the road with bicyclists
as required by law.
Dangerous Bicycle Parts
Manufacturers, retailers and repair shops can also be liable for bike accidents;
faulty repairs and manufacturing defects are just a few examples. When
something goes unexpectedly wrong in the middle of a ride, riders are
left terrified and many times helpless. Even worse, a rider may not know
what went wrong in the first place. The skilled attorneys at Caputo &
Van Der Walde LLP are adept at handling bike accident cases and will thoroughly
investigate all the details of your case to uncover any negligence on
the part of manufacturers or repair shops. We will hire the right experts,
conduct accident reconstructions and ensure that those at fault for your
injuries are held accountable and you receive the compensation you are
legally entitled to.
Call Us Today
At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, we understand the effects of a serious
bicycle accident can be devastating on you and your family. There may
be claims and compensation available to you which can substantially help
your recovery but which may not be obvious. Don't let the insurance
company tell you how much your case is worth. Our law firm practices only
personal injury law and our lawyers will give your case a personal touch.
We are well versed in all the nuances of personal injury law and enjoy
staying current on all pertinent research, court decisions, and statutes
so that you can heal with peace of mind and know you will be properly
compensated for your injuries.
Call us today for a free and no-obligation case assessment. We will determine
whether you have grounds to make a legal claim to compensation and will
advise on the best possible course of action. We look forward to your call so
contact us today.