Even though cycling has become one of the more popular sports and pastimes, El Monte has not responded with enough bike lanes to keep cyclists safe. This forces bikers into traffic when they are not on a path or a side street. The law gives bicyclists the right to fully occupy a lane of traffic if they are able to keep up with traffic. However, drivers do not always follow the laws to give cyclists the right of way when they are entitled to it.
Almost 80% of bicycle accident fatalities occur in urban areas like El Monte, and if you suffered injuries while cycling, consult with an El Monte bicycle accident attorney.
How El Monte Drivers Cause Bicycle Accidents
Drivers could cause bicycle accidents through a number of mistakes behind the wheel. Almost 30% of injured bicyclists sustain their injuries in a crash with a car. These injuries could include:
- Aggressive driving
- Illegal turns that force a biker off the road
- Distracted driving
All of these are examples of negligence. Any instance in which the driver fails to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances, and it causes injury could be considered negligence. However, you can never assume that just because you were involved in an accident with a car, that the driver is automatically responsible. Negligence is about you presenting evidence that proves that someone else was at fault. This is why having a bicycle accident attorney is vital to the success of your claim.
Bicycle accident injuries tend to be more severe than those suffered in many car crashes. After all, you have very little to protect you from impact, and most cyclists are either thrown from their bike or crash through the windshield. It goes without saying that if you have been injured, you will not be in the condition to handle your own claim for compensation. Even if you had the ability, you are up against the insurance company and their superior knowledge of the value of your claim and the legal process.
How Our Bike Accident Lawyers Can Help You
When you call The JLF Firm, we do the heavy lifting so you can take the time to recover and be in a position to receive the best possible compensation for your injuries. We can do the following for you:
- Investigate the facts of your case and gather evidence
- Present your claim to the insurance company
- Evaluate their settlement offer and negotiate the eventual amount
- File a lawsuit if your claim is denied or if the insurance company does not make an adequate offer
The legal process for your bicycle accident claim can take months to years. What is important is that you are patient and let the process work. Hiring us to represent you will give you the peace of mind to know that someone is fighting in your corner.
Skilled El Monte Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Call the experienced El Monte personal injury attorneys with The JLF Firm at (323) 765-1343 or contact us online to discuss your case with us. The consultation is completely free, and you risk nothing by learning your legal options.
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