Burbank Bicycle Accident Attorney

Burbank Bicycle Accident Attorney

Bicycle riders who are involved in accidents often suffer serious injuries that can leave them with mounting expenses as they try to recover and rebuild their lives. Lost wages, medical bills, and rehabilitation costs are just a few of the costs with which bicycle accident victims must contend. If you’ve suffered injuries in a bicycle accident in Burbank, California, you need an experienced Burbank bicycle accident attorney on your side. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, expert Burbank personal injury attorney Joshua Glotzer will vigorously pursue financial compensation on your behalf as you focus on recovery.

The Statute of Limitations for Bicycle Accident Claims

If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident in California, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, so you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t miss the filing deadline. It will take your Burbank bicycle accident attorney some time to investigate and prepare your case, so the sooner you contact us to schedule an initial consultation, the better.

Establishing Liability After a Bicycle Accident

Following a bicycle accident, the responsible party is unlikely to immediately admit that responsibility. Thus, the task of establishing the responsible party’s liability in your case will fall upon you and your bicycle accident injury attorney. To establish the other party’s liability in your bicycle accident case, your attorney will begin by reviewing the facts of your case. When evaluating your case, your attorney will determine:

  • Who had the right of way;
  • Whether the driver breached his or her responsibility to drive with care, and
  • Whether the driver violated traffic laws.

In order for your case to succeed, your attorney must prove that:

  • The driver owed you a duty of care;
  • The driver breached his or her duty of care;
  • The driver’s breach caused your accident, and
  • Your injuries were the direct result of the accident.

Establishing Liability for Product Defects

While many bicycle accidents are caused by other vehicles on the road, some are the result of faulty manufacturing. When a bicycle accident is caused by a manufacturing defect, you may have a claim against the company that manufactured your bicycle. In order to succeed in a product liability claim for a bicycle accident, your bicycle accident injury attorney must prove that:

  • Your bicycle (or a component of your bicycle) was unreasonably dangerous;
  • You were operating the bicycle in an appropriate manner at the time of the accident, and
  • Your bicycle’s performance has not changed significantly since you purchased it.

Product liability cases can be extremely complicated, and they often require expert testimony to prove the above elements. A key piece of evidence in a bicycle accident product liability case is the bicycle itself, so it is imperative that you store your bicycle safely until it can be examined by an expert.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

When a bicycle collides with a motor vehicle, the bicyclist rarely escapes injury. In fact, the majority of bicycle fatalities involve collisions with cars and trucks. According to the Federal Highway Administration, around 800 bicyclists are killed each year on average. Drivers cause bicycle accidents in many ways, including:

  • Illegal turns
  • Improper lane switching
  • Failing to obey traffic laws
  • Running traffic lights
  • Running stop signs
  • Reckless driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Backing out of a parking space or driveway without first checking for bicycle riders
  • Failing to provide sufficient space for bicycle riders

Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

As noted above, bicycle injuries caused by collisions with motor vehicles tend to be severe. Common bicycle accident injuries include:

  • Head injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Contusions
  • Bruises

Damages for Bicycle Accidents

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Compensation in a personal injury case, also called damages, is designed to help bicycle accident victims deal with the physical and financial consequences of their injuries. Common damages for bicycle accidents in California include:

Medical bills: As a bicycle accident victim, you may be entitled to compensation for hospital expenses, emergency room charges, surgical procedures, prescription medication, rehabilitation costs, assistive device costs, and other medical expenses related to your accident.

Lost income: If you missed work due to your accident, you may be entitled to recover income you missed out on due to your absence. In addition, if you are permanently unable to remain gainfully employed due to your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for future lost income.

Pain and suffering: If your bicycle accident caused you to suffer mental, emotional, or physical pain, you may be able to obtain additional financial compensation.

Punitive damages: If your injuries were caused by the deliberate or malicious actions of another person, you may be entitled to punitive damages, which are damages designed to punish harmful conduct.

The Importance of Hiring an Attorney Following a Bicycle Accident

Bicycle accident cases can be extremely complex. Unless you have a solid knowledge of personal injury law and the court system, it can be nearly impossible for you to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. A personal injury attorney, on the other hand, can help you successfully navigate the legal system and obtain maximum compensation for your bicycle accident injuries. In addition to collecting statements and evidence following your accident, a bicycle accident attorney can:

  • Hire an expert to analyze your medical records and successfully prove your injuries;
  • Investigate the driving history of the person who caused your accident;
  • Inspect and document all damage to your bicycle;
  • Hire an accident reconstruction expert to recreate the scene of your accident, and
  • Obtain and analyze the official police report for your accident.

Call Our Experienced Burbank Bicycle Accident Attorneys Today

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you should contact a Burbank bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible for assistance. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, we will focus on maximizing your award so you can focus on your physical, financial, and emotional recovery. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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