Each year, over 100 bicyclists are killed and over 100,000 bicyclists are injured in California bicycle accidents according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2016 there were 337 bicycle accident injuries and fatalities reported in San Bernardino County and 38 of those reported injuries and fatalities occurred on Fontana roads. Bicycle accident injuries can be devastating for injury victims and their families, especially when those injuries lead to permanent disability or death.
Fontana bicycle accident attorneys represent injured bicyclists who were in accidents caused by someone else’s fault. Our attorneys know that financial compensation will not change the fact that the bicycle accident happened and the injuries were sustained, but it will help to pay for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. When bicycle accident injuries are fatal, wrongful death claims will help a grieving family recover for their own losses caused by the death of their loved one including the loss of the decedent’s financial support, love, companionship, and guidance.
Insurance companies are afraid of bicycle accidents because the injuries are often catastrophic and that makes for large personal injury claims. Insurance companies try to keep their bicycle accident payouts as low as possible. They will not tell injury victims what their claim is actually worth because insurance companies are not their advocates. This is why injury victims should not negotiate with insurance companies without legal representation.
Electric bicycles are popular in California and the movement is growing thanks to their convenience and environmental benefits. California law puts e-bikes into one of three classes based on maximum speed and the bicycle’s amount of electrical assistance and there are specific laws and restrictions that apply to different classes of bicycles. For example, anyone under the age of 16 is not permitted to ride a class 3 e-bike. Even if an accident occurs while a bicyclist was not in compliance with California’s bicycle class rules and restrictions, that does not necessarily bar him or her from recovery, especially when the accident was clearly caused by an automobile driver’s negligence. See below for an explanation of comparative negligence.
California’s comparative negligence law permits financial recovery for injured bicyclists, even when bicyclists were partly at fault for the accident. The amount of damages suffered by a partially negligent bicyclist will be reduced by his or her share of negligence. For example, if a 15-year-old was illegally riding a class 3 e-bike when a distracted driver ran a red light and struck the bicyclist who had the right of way, the bicyclist will still be able to recover for his injuries even though he was not old enough to ride the bike at the time of the accident. If he was found to be 10% at fault for the accident because he was negligent in operating the bicycle as a 15-year-old, his injury recovery would be reduced by 10%
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a bicycle accident, contact a Fontana bicycle accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to schedule a free consultation. Call us today at 323-477-1415 to discuss your case.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.