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At Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer, and Frankel, we tend to meet our clients after tragic events. Our Chico Bicycle Accident Lawyers have represented people who have lost loved ones in heartbreaking circumstances, people who have experienced life-changing injuries, and families whose children have been abused.
How Our Chico Bicycle Accident Lawyers Can Help?
Bicycle accidents are unfortunately all too common, and they can certainly happen on roads in and around downtown Chico. They can also occur in parking lots, parking garages, and other areas where motor vehicles tend to be present. Tragic bicycle collisions have happened on Silver Sands Parkway, in nearby Rancho Mirage, and even during the Tour de Palm Springs cycling race.
A bicycle is no match for a car, truck, or another motor vehicle. When one of these larger vehicles collides with a bicycle, the cyclist can fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries. In some instances, these injuries wind up being fatal. This is especially true when cyclists do not wear helmets.
Most motor vehicle collisions with bicycles result from driver error. However, some bicycle accidents occur because of poor road maintenance and defective bicycle parts.
If you suffered injuries in a bicycle accident that resulted from negligence, you have legal options that are open to you. The skilled team of Chico bicycle accident attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can discuss the circumstances leading up to your accident with you and determine if you can file a personal injury claim.
If we can take your case, our legal team can guide you through every step of the claims-filing process. We will zealously advocate for your legal interests at every stage of your case, including during settlement negotiations and litigation.
Our skilled and compassionate team of attorneys has collectively recovered more than $350 million worth of compensation for our clients. Let us help you recover the compensation needed for your bicycle accident injuries. Please call us today or contact us online for a free consultation. Alternatively, you can use the texting feature available on this page.
Although many bicycle accidents in Chico result from motor vehicle driver negligence, not all accidents do. Some bicycle accidents occur when other drivers and cyclists follow all of the rules of the road and operate their vehicles safely and carefully.
Defective road maintenance, for example, is one alternative cause of a bicycle accident. Construction companies, maintenance workers, and municipalities are responsible for maintaining roads for all vehicles. When roads contain large potholes, deep cracks, and other defects, cyclists can lose their balance riding and fall to the ground. As a result, they may suffer serious injuries.
If a bicycle accident victim can prove that their injuries happened due to poor road maintenance or defective roadway conditions, they might pursue legal action against the entity responsible for maintaining and repairing the road, such as the city or county.
Similarly, bicycle part manufacturers—including handlebars, chains, and brakes—must design and construct their products properly. If an accident victim, through expert testimony, can prove that a bicycle part malfunctioned and that malfunction resulted from defective design work or a manufacturing defect, the accident victim can bring the product manufacturer into their claim.
Some other potential causes of bicycle accidents involve motor vehicle operator negligence. Negligence can take a variety of forms. Some of the most common types of driver negligence that lead to serious bicycle accidents include intoxicated driving, distracted driving, and violating California rules of the road:
Intoxicated driving – Motor vehicle drivers are responsible for operating their vehicles reasonably and safely under the circumstances. This duty of care includes refraining from intoxicated car or truck operation. Most drivers are per se intoxicated if they operate their vehicles with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. A 0.04 percent BAC cutoff applies to commercial drivers, such as truck drivers. Whenever a driver is intoxicated, they significantly increase their chances of causing a collision. Bicycles are low to the ground, and an intoxicated driver may not see them or stop in time to avoid colliding with them.
In addition, intoxicated drivers often experience altered depth perception and blurred vision. Consequently, they might not see a cyclist approaching, causing a collision. In addition to incurring criminal penalties if a judge or jury convicts them of DUI, an intoxicated driver can also incur civil penalties if they cause an accident that injures someone.
Distracted driving – Motor vehicle operators must also refrain from distracted driving while out and about on the road. Distracted driving means diverting one’s attention away from the roadway for one reason or another. Potential distractions for drivers can include loud music playing on the radio, small children in the vehicle, cell phones, tablets, and GPS devices. When drivers divert their attention away from the road by turning their heads, they might completely miss a bicyclist riding in the vicinity, striking them and causing them to suffer serious injuries.
Violating rules of the road – California road rules are in place to keep motor vehicle drivers, passengers, cyclists, and others on the road safe. When drivers violate these road rules, they are more likely to cause serious accidents. Risky driving maneuvers that can lead to collisions with cyclists include speeding, following too closely, weaving in and out of traffic, and failing to yield the right-of-way to cyclists at the appropriate times. When drivers engage in some of these maneuvers near designated bicycle lanes, they can strike a cyclist lawfully riding in the lane.
If you or someone you care about suffered injuries in a bicycle accident that resulted from negligence, the skilled team of attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can investigate the accident, and if necessary, retain an accident reconstructionist to figure out exactly what happened. We can then help you pursue a claim or lawsuit that seeks the monetary damages that you deserve for your injuries.
Recoverable Damages Following a Bicycle Accident
Damages that victims of Chico bicycle accidents recover depend on the extent of their injuries, the cost of their medical treatment, whether they suffered a permanent injury in the crash, and whether they will require future medical care and treatment—such as a future surgery. In addition to recovering the costs of all past and future medical expenses, victims of bicycle accidents can bring a lost wage claim as well as a claim for other out-of-pocket costs.
Bicycle accident victims who suffer permanent injuries can also claim loss of earning capacity, inconvenience, mental distress, and physical pain and suffering. They might also be eligible to pursue compensation for loss of the ability to use a body part, loss of life enjoyment, and loss of spousal companionship or consortium.
If you have suffered injuries in a Chico bicycle accident, the skilled and zealous legal team at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel will be your advocates. Our legal team will highlight all of the strengths of your case while downplaying any weaknesses. We will then work to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation available to you in your case. We can do this by negotiating with the insurance company, and if necessary, litigating your case to a conclusion in the court system.
Contact a Skilled Chico Bicycle Accident Lawyer for More Information
If you suffered injuries in a bicycle accident that resulted from carelessness or negligence, the experienced team at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel is here to help you. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Chico bicycle accident attorney, please call us today at (530) 891-1909 or contact us online to discuss your possible personal injury claim or lawsuit.
What Some Common Injuries Do Chico Bicycle Accident Victims Suffer?
Injuries that a bicycle accident victim suffers can be extremely serious and, in some cases, deadly. The force of an impact from a motor vehicle might cause the cyclist to fall to the ground and suffer one or more serious injuries, including broken bones, traumatic head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, internal injuries, soft tissue injuries, and lacerations/cuts.
The seriousness of an accident victim’s injuries will depend on the speed of the motor vehicle that strikes the bicycle, the force of the impact, whether the cyclist falls to the ground, and whether the cyclist wore protective gear.
Following a bicycle accident, always seek prompt, same-day medical treatment. Follow up at a hospital emergency room so that a healthcare provider can take the necessary imaging studies, including head scans, MRIs, and X-rays, to ascertain the cyclist’s precise physical condition. If you need surgery or some other emergency medical treatment, you may do that at the hospital. In addition, treating healthcare providers can recommend follow-up treatment, such as with an orthopedist.
Failing to obtain same-day medical treatment after a bicycle accident can hurt your bike accident claim. The insurance company for the at-fault driver might believe that your injuries were not all that serious or that you did not take your medical treatment following the bicycle accident seriously. Therefore, your best bet is to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after your accident, and preferably on the same day.
While you finish treatment for your injuries, the skilled team of Chico bicycle accident attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can begin preparing your demand package for the insurance company. Once we do that, we can negotiate with the insurance company and work to obtain a favorable settlement offer for you.
Can cyclists do anything to stay safe on their bikes in Chico?
No cyclists can control the actions of drivers, and the reality is that collisions can happen even if you take every possible precaution. However, there are some steps that bicycle riders can take to decrease their chances of bicycle accidents. Moreover, if they are in an accident, these steps can help to lessen the consequences.
First of all, cyclists should wear a helmet at all times when they are riding their bicycles. In fact, California law requires that cyclists under 18 wear helmets. The purpose of wearing a helmet is obvious – it significantly decreases the chances that a bicycle rider will suffer a head injury in the event of a crash. Cyclists should be sure to purchase a well-constructed and sturdy helmet that fits well—and that will protect them in the event of an accident.
In addition to wearing a bicycle helmet at all times, riders should be sure to use the proper hand signals when they are operating their bicycles. For example, they should utilize the proper signals for turning right, turning left, or slowing down when riding.
These actions let other drivers anticipate the cyclist’s movements and decrease the chances of an accident. Finally, bicycle riders should make sure that they are operating their vehicles on the correct side of the road at all times—and in the designated bicycle lane, if the roadway has one.
Even when California cyclists follow all of the rules of the road and drive defensively, other people may not. Collisions are especially common when motor vehicle drivers do not pay attention to the road, violate traffic laws, or drive while intoxicated. Never accept blame when a driver hits you on your bike. Instead, have an attorney examine your case.
If you suffered injuries because of driver negligence, the skilled team of Chico bicycle accident attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel can explain your legal options and help you efficiently move forward with your claim.
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