San Jose Bicycle Accident Injury Lawyers

Types of Injuries Resulting from Bike Crashes

In a collision between a bicyclist and a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle always wins. Bicycle crashes often result in very serious injuries that require months or years, even a lifetime of treatment. Bicycle accident injuries may require the services of a reconstructive surgeon, orthopedic expert, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or an ophthalmologist to name a few.

Additionally, the injury could require:

  • Physical therapy
  • Assistive devices
  • In-home care
  • Speech therapy
  • Language therapy

An unprotected human body cannot withstand the impact of a motor vehicle. When the body makes contact with the ground or another object, such as a pole or tree, serious injury will result.

Some of the injuries that are sustained by our clients as a result of collisions are:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Severe burns from contact with the asphalt or rough surface
  • Crushed or broken bones
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Loss of teeth
  • Paralysis

Head Injuries Are Common Results of Bicycle Accidents

Head injuries are the most common serious injuries that we see in our practice. An injury to the brain will drastically change your life because your brain controls your personality. If you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident, even if a helmet is worn, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to rule out a brain injury. Side effects of a brain injury are:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Slurred speech
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Trembling
  • Loss of coordination
  • Paralysis - temporary or permanent
  • Mood swings - changes in personality
  • Memory loss
  • Weakness in arms and legs

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, you will need a skilled and compassionate San Jose bicycle accident lawyer by your side. Our knowledgeable lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP focus on helping injured clients seek restitution for their damages. We will explain your legal rights so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver that caused your injuries. Even if you were partially at fault, you may still be entitled to compensation in the state of California.

Preventing Bicycle Injuries

Proper bicycle safety and training can greatly reduce the risk of injury. Protective equipment can reduce the severity of injury if a California bicycle accident occurs. For instance, wearing a helmet can reduce head injuries by 85%.

Protective equipment:

  • Helmets (required by law for minors), make sure it fits properly and adjust as needed
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Padded shorts
  • Shoes
  • Reflective and bright clothing
  • Lights, strobes
  • Extra padding for beginners (knee & elbow)

Mechanical:

  • Correct fit of bicycle
  • Regular safety checks
  • Proper functioning brakes
  • Fenders
  • Spoke guards
  • Suspension
  • Handlebar padding
  • Reflectors--front, rear, pedal, wheels
  • Travel pouch mounted under seat with: repair kit and cell phone

If you need to transport items, consider a basket or rack

Education:

  • Bicycle safety campaigns
  • Learn the proper hand signals
  • Bicycle skills classes
  • Safe cycling classes

(Check with your local bicycle shop for classes in your community)

Environmental:

  • Proper road maintenance
  • Separate bicycle paths

Call us today for a free case evaluation so that we can begin an immediate investigation into your accident and you can focus on your recovery. You can reach our firm at (800) 900-0863.

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