Santa Rosa Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Here in California, for the most part, we are blessed with beautiful weather. As a result, we have plenty of citizens here in our state who enjoy the great outdoors. Bicyclists are no exception. Many enjoy heading out on a beautiful day for a bike ride, and many others actually use their bicycles as their primary form of transportation. It’s wonderful to share our roads with so many bicyclists, but it’s not without some unfortunate consequences as well.
Each year in California, many bicyclists are the victims of unfortunate accidents. These may be caused by any number of factors. Often, simply because of the nature of bicycling, the injuries sustained by cyclists in these accidents can be quite severe, and can, at times, even result in death.
If you or a loved one live in the Santa Rosa area and have been the victim of a bicycle accident, we at Henderson Law understand the suffering you may be going through and we’re here to help. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation under the law. At Henderson Law, we’d like to fight for that compensation on your behalf.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Certainly, as a cyclist, you have a duty to obey the rules of the road, including those rules and laws that exist for the safety of all cyclists. These rules include, among other things, wearing a helmet; obeying lights, signs, and using turn signals; using designated bicycle lanes when available, using reflectors, and properly maintaining your bicycle.
Unfortunately, even if you follow all of the rules and cycle in an extremely safe and cautious manner, you may still be the unfortunate victim of an accident. Bicycle accidents can have any number of causes, including dangerous road conditions, reckless drivers, careless pedestrians, product defects, and more.
When a bicycle is involved in an accident, injuries can often be severe and lasting. Those driving cars and trucks have the benefit of seatbelts, airbags, and other safety systems which are part of their vehicles, whereas bicyclists do not. At best, bicyclists are protected by their helmets and by padded clothing. As a result, injuries incurred in an accident can often be severe and can include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, eye injuries, internal organ damage, soft tissue damage, and many other types of injury as well.
If you have sustained these sorts of injuries as a result of an accident that you do not believe was your fault, you may have grounds for recovery. If someone else caused or contributed to your bicycle accident injuries, you may have a negligence claim against that person and their insurance company. Alternatively, if your injury was caused by a defective part in the bicycle, you may have a cause of action against the manufacturer. If a roadway was improperly maintained, you may have a cause of action against the party responsible for maintaining it.
The possibilities for liability are quite varied in bicycle accident cases, and as a result, it is important to retain legal counsel that is knowledgeable and experienced in this area of the law. Having an attorney who can listen to your circumstances and provide sound legal advice on who may be held liable and what damages you may be entitled to can be invaluable.
What Damages Might I Be Entitled To?
If you or a loved one are the victim of a bicycle accident in California, you may be entitled to damages including:
- Payment for past, current, and future medical bills;
- Occupational therapy;
- Lost wages, including lost earning potential;
- Loss of consortium;
- Wrongful death;
- Pain and suffering;
- And more.
Call Henderson Law Today
If you or someone you love has been involved in a bicycle accident, you have already been through more than enough distress. Don’t compound that stress by missing out on the opportunity to collect compensation that you may be entitled to as you attempt to begin the recovery process and move forward with your life. At Henderson Law, we have decades of experience handling claims very much like yours, and we would like to put our knowledge and experience to work on your behalf. Let us focus on the law, so you can focus on your recovery.
At Henderson Law, we would welcome the opportunity to sit down with you, to listen to your story, and to learn how we might be able to be of service. Give us a call today. We hope to speak with you soon.