Campbell Bicycle Accident Attorneys

In the United States, many people ride bicycles for transportation, exercise, and enjoyment. People who operate motor vehicles must share the road and follow the same traffic laws with bicyclists. Wearing the proper protective gear is one way that many bicyclists attempt to remain safe while on the road. Unfortunately, riders are injured everyday due to the negligent driving of people in automobiles.

If you were injured in a bicycle accident, our Campbell personal injury lawyers can help you. Schedule your free case review today by calling (800) 900-0863.

Bike Accident Statistics

Bicyclists are at risk for serious injuries every day that they ride their bikes on the road. Bicyclists who have been involved in an accident with an automobile may sustain serious physical injuries, including:

  • Head and brain trauma
  • Fractured bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Spinal cord injury

Bicycle Accidents

The following are bicycle accident statistics for the U.S.:

  • Approximately 1 million children suffer injuries in bicycle accidents each year.
  • Every 6 hours, a bicycle rider is fatally injured.
  • Almost 50% of bicycle-related fatalities occur to people under 16 years of age.
  • Head injuries are the cause of 75% of all serious injuries and fatalities in bicycle accidents.

You may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries.

Are negligent drivers responsible for a bicycle collision?

Many bicycle riders suffer serious injuries as the result of motor vehicle operators who drive unsafely and do not treat bicyclists with the courtesy they deserve. There is no contest between a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds and an individual on a bike. In addition to being struck by a motor vehicle, many bicyclists suffer injuries when they are struck by an opening car door.

Drivers must be observant while operating their vehicles and share the road with bicyclists. While many cities have designated bicycle lanes, drivers still do not give bicyclists the respect and courtesy to safely ride. If you are a bicyclist who has been involved in an accident with an automobile, you need to hire a skilled attorney.

All people who are involved in an accident (bicyclist and motor vehicle driver) must stay at the scene to discuss the situation with the proper authorities. If the negligent driver who hit you leaves the scene of the accident, you have been the victim of a hit and run. Hit-and-run accidents are extremely serious crimes in California and all guilty drivers face harsh legal penalties.

Common driver errors include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Pulling out of a driveway or parking lot in front of a bicyclist
  • Failing to yield
  • Ignoring a traffic signal or sign
  • Opening a car door in front of a bicyclist
  • Merging into the path of a bicyclist
  • Forcing a cyclist off the road

Cyclist errors include:

  • Failing to yield
  • Merging or turning into the path of a motorist
  • Not wearing protective safety gear

Environmental factors also contribute to bicycle accidents:

  • Dangerous road conditions
  • Poor lighting
  • Potholes, road debris, or tree branches
  • Dog attacks

Local resources for Northern California Bicyclists:

What should I do after a bike accident?

The following is a list of important things that you should do after being involved in a bicycle accident:

  • Call 911 to report the bicycle accident.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you have been struck by a vehicle or car door, check with a medical professional to make sure you are all right, even if you do not notice any immediate injuries.
  • Ensure that an incident report is filed in regards to the bicycle accident.
  • Make sure that you get the contact information of the driver who was involved in the accident, including his or her name, address, date of birth, and insurance information.
  • Get contact information, such as name and phone number, from any witnesses of the accident.
  • If you happen to have a camera with you, take pictures of the accident scene, damages to your bicycle, and any visible injuries that you suffered.

Call Us at (800) 900-0863 Today

If you are a cyclist who has been injured due to the negligence of a driver, you should contact Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP and speak with one of our aggressive Campbell bike accident lawyers. We can fight on your behalf for monetary compensation for your injuries, as well as other accident-related costs.

Bicycle Accident Verdicts and Settlements

  • $1,000,000∗- Disputed liability bicycle vs. auto collision resulting in closed head injury
  • $565,000 - Bike vs. vehicle accident resulting in cervical and shoulder surgeries
  • $300,000 - Bicycle accident where a bicyclist was rear-ended by an intoxicated driver and suffered a fractured vertebrae with nerve impingement

∗Confidential settlements or settlements where Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP secured the maximum amount of insurance coverage available.

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