Are you struggling with an injury after an El Monte bicycle accident? You may be entitled to compensation if someone else is responsible for the crash. The money you recover from a personal injury lawsuit can really help to reduce the financial stress of your accident. Our El Monte bicycle accident attorneys can help you maximize your financial award. We offer a free consultation, so do not hesitate to call us for help today.
Bicycle Accidents in El Monte
El Monte roads are notoriously dangerous for bicyclists. This remains to be true despite a recent drop in the number of bicycle accidents across the city. In the early 2010s, El Monte averaged 68.5 bicycle accidents every year. In 2015, there were only 57 reported bicycle accidents in the city. However, El Monte still ranks as one of the most dangerous places in California for bicyclists. Among cities of similar size, only two report more bicycle accidents each year.
Common El Monte Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicyclists are more likely to suffer catastrophic and fatal injuries in an accident than most others. The risk of suffering a life-changing injury skyrockets when cyclists do not wear a safety helmet. Whether your injury is relatively minor or severe, our El Monte attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
We have helped bicycle accident victims recover compensation for:
Contact our El Monte office today to find out how we can help you recover compensation for your bicycle accident injury.
Causes of El Monte Bicycle Accidents
Bike accidents are incredibly common in El Monte. While these accidents happen for a variety of reasons, certain causes are reported more frequently than others.
Lack of Dedicated Bike Lanes. Bicyclists are much safer when traveling within a dedicated bicycle lane. Ideally, there is a physical barrier between vehicle and bicycle lanes. El Monte is still working on making its roads safe for bicyclists. Accidents will continue to happen until the city embraces dedicated bicycle lanes.
Intersections. Intersections in Los Angeles are particularly dangerous for bicyclists. Some intersection accidents happen because bicyclists enter an intersection without yielding to oncoming traffic. Other accidents happen because drivers are too aggressive and forget they are sharing the road.
Right-Hand Turns. Bicyclists are at an increased risk of getting hit when vehicles make right-hand turns. Drivers often forget to check the road for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Bad Weather. Riding conditions will always be worse when it is raining or windy. Cyclists have less traction with the ground and are harder to see.
Dangerous Road Conditions. El Monte road conditions can also lead to a bicycle accident. If there is debris in a bike lane, bicyclists may be forced to ride alongside larger vehicles. If roads are cracked or broken, the chances of an accident increase. The city can be responsible for damages caused by these (and other) dangerous conditions.
Defective Bicycles. If the bicycle you’re riding is defective, the chances of being involved in an accident increase. Faulty brakes, defective tires, or broken lamps can all cause an accident. The companies responsible for putting your bike (or accessories) on the market can be liable for damages.
Limited Visibility. When you ride a bike in El Monte you have an obligation to follow California state law. The law requires you to apply and use certain reflectors and lights. These help to increase rider visibility. Accidents are more likely to happen when bicyclists are hard to see.
Damages Available to El Monte Bicycle Accident Victims
The costs of a bicycle accident can be overwhelming. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused your accident can help. Our attorneys will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. In California, accident victims are generally entitled to economic and non-economic damages.
A bike accident can have some devastating financial repercussions. Economic damages are available to help you with these costs. The purpose of economic damages is to put you back in the financial position you were in before the accident. We will pursue economic damages to compensate for:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Nursing care
- Lost income and wages
- Disability, and
- Reduced earning capacity.
Economic damages are limited to your actual (and projected) costs and expenses. You can only recover what you lose or expect to lose.
A bicycle accident and injury can affect every aspect of your life. Some injuries will be difficult to value in terms of dollars and cents. Non-economic damages are available to help you cope with these injuries. We will pursue non-economic damages to compensate for:
- Chronic pain
- Emotional suffering
- Anxiety and depression
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of sexual relations, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
We work with experts to make sure that your injuries are valued properly. We don’t only address your costs today, but also determine how your injury might affect you in the future. Valuing your claim properly is essential.
Statute of Limitations for El Monte Bicycle Accident Claims
How much time do you have a file a lawsuit after your El Monte bicycle accident? In most cases, you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim. If you don’t file your claim before the statute of limitations expires you won’t be able to recover the money you need.
There are certain times when the statute of limitations can be extended. These include when:
- You are under the age of 18 at the time of the accident
- You do not discover your injury right away, or
- The defendant can’t be located.
The statute of limitations will be accelerated if you want to recover compensation from the government. Claims against El Monte, Los Angeles County, or the state must be filed within 6 months of your accident.
You can make sure that your claim is filed on time by calling an experienced El Monte personal injury attorney immediately after your accident. Contact Glotzer & Leib, LLP for help today.
Shared Fault in El Monte Bicycle Accidents
Are you partially to blame for your El Monte bicycle accident? Our personal injury attorneys can still help you recover compensation for your injuries. While your contribution to the accident won’t prevent you from getting money, it will have an impact on your case.
Reduced Recovery: The amount of money you can recover will be linked to your role in the accident. The more fault you share, the less money you can recover.
Example: Let’s say you were injured in a bicycle accident and suffered $10,000 in damages. You share 25% of the blame. As a result, you can only recover $7,500 in damages. ($10,000 reduced by 25%.)
Liability: In California, anyone who contributes to an accident can be responsible for damages. This is true even if you are also injured. Liability is linked to your role in the accident. The less fault you have, the less money you (or your insurance company) will be required to pay.
Example: You are involved in a bicycle accident. You and another person both suffer $10,000 in damages. You are 30 percent responsible for causing the accident. As a result, you are liable for 30 percent (or $3,000) of that other victim’s damages.
Do you share fault for your El Monte bicycle accident? If so, you need to call the attorneys at Glotzer & Leib, LLP for help. It will be important to minimize your contribution to the accident. We will thoroughly investigate your case and determine the underlying cause(s). This will allow us to identify anyone who may be to blame and shift fault away from you. Remember, the less fault you share, the more money you can recover.
Call Our El Monte Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Have you been injured in an El Monte bicycle accident? Contact Glotzer & Leib, LLP to learn about your legal options. Our El Monte attorneys have over 50 years of combined legal experience. If someone else caused your accident, we can help you recover a financial settlement or award. This money can help to cover medical costs, lost wages, and compensate for the stress of your injuries. We offer a free case evaluation, so do not hesitate to call us for help today.