Inland Empire Bike Accident Lawyer
Bicycles are a popular mode of transportation for residents and visitors to the Inland Empire. They are environmentally friendly, inexpensive to maintain, and are an excellent form of exercise. Unfortunately, a person is at risk for severe or even fatal injuries in the event of a collision with a car on the highly traveled roadways of this community. In fact, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, over 100 bicyclists died in 2019 alone on the roadways within this geographical area. If you have been struck by a car or involved in a wreck while on your bicycle, the Inland Empire bicycle lawyers of DeWitt, Algorri & Algorri are at the ready and can help.
Making a timely injury claim regarding bike accidents is critical to the success of your matter. Insurance companies often use lags in time to destroy evidence, or poke holes in the legitimacy and severity of your claim. The first few days after a tragedy is an important footrace with the insurance companies to obtain the evidence necessary for you to get justice. It’s critical for you to contact DeWitt Algorri & Algorri today at 855-WINNING (855-946-6464) or file a claim now here. Our team has handled thousands of personal injury matters throughout California since 1979 – we are the BIG GUNS that other law firms call when they need an experienced and consistently successful firm.
At DeWitt Algorri & Algorri, our attorneys have been helping accident victims recover compensation for their losses for decades. We understand the challenges victims face, and we are prepared to help you meet those challenges head-on, so you have the best possible chance at recovery. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Even when taking precautions and sharing the road responsibly, bicyclists are still at risk for injuries when negligent drivers are behind the wheel. Some of the most common causes of accidents we see include the following:
- Distracted driving. Distracted driving is the primary cause of bicycle accidents. Drivers who are focused on their phones, other passengers, or the radio are at risk of missing a nearby bike and hitting the rider.
- Low visibility. Bicycles are often small and may be difficult for drivers to see. Regardless, motorists are responsible for ensuring they are aware of their surroundings to share the road safely.
- Unkempt roadways. Dangerous roads with potholes, uneven lanes, and inadequate lighting at night can make it risky for cyclists to venture out. A cyclist could be seriously injured if a vehicle loses control because of poor road conditions.
- Failure to yield. Drivers that fail to yield appropriately when merging, at blinking traffic lights, or at stop signs when turning right are at risk of striking an unexpecting bicyclist.
- Traffic congestion. Drivers in heavy traffic are often unaware of cyclists. They may be so focused on moving forward that they do not see when a bike is near and, as a result, collide with the rider.
If you are uncertain of the cause of your crash, our attorneys can help you investigate the situation to determine what happened, why, and who to hold accountable.
Why Work With a Bike Accident Attorney?
It is essential to understand why you should consider pursuing legal guidance and representation from an attorney. If you file a claim on your own, there is a chance the insurance company will try to reduce or deny your claim. While the same can happen with a lawyer, we understand the system and know what it takes to ensure our clients come out on top.
When you work with a lawyer, they will be able to thoroughly investigate your accident, determine who to hold accountable, and properly value your claim. We can help you seek compensation for economic and noneconomic losses, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Our bike accident lawyers are also aware of the statute of limitations your claim is subject to–which in California is two years from the date of the accident. If your incident was caused either in whole or part by a government entity, then you have six (6) months from the date of incident to file a claim. We will ensure all documentation is filed on time, so you will not have to worry about complying with the appropriate statute of limitations.
Filing a Claim After a Bike Accident
Bicycle accident claims are often complex. Insurance companies look for ways to blame the cyclist in order to protect their bottom line. Fortunately, we can help. If you want to have the chance to pursue a successful claim, you will need to prove you were wronged.
Establishing negligence can be tricky. However, we have a proven track record of building claims on the concept of negligence. We will confirm that the driver owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused the accident, which caused your related injuries and losses.
The earlier you reach out to an attorney after your accident, the more time they will have to collect the necessary evidence to prove you are owed a monetary award for your losses.
Get Help From DeWitt Algorri & Algorri
If you or someone you loved has been injured in an accident, an Inland Empire bike accident lawyer from DeWitt Algorri & Algorri can help. We are well-versed in bicyclists’ rights in California, and we are here to ensure you have the opportunity to seek full and fair compensation for your losses.
Whether you are ready to file a claim or are looking to learn more about your options first, schedule a free consultation with our firm. Contact a lawyer from DeWitt Algorri & Algorri at 855-WINNING (855-946-6464) or fill out our online contact form today.