Bike Accident Attorney in Santa Barbara
Bicycle accidents in California occur for a wide variety of reasons and even the most cautious, law-abiding bicyclist may be unable to avoid the opening of an adjacent car door, an inattentive driver, an unleashed animal, or a dangerous road condition. In addition, bicycle accidents can occur due to automobiles or motorcycles driving a cyclist off the road, the reckless actions of drunk or negligent drivers, hidden guardrails, debris on the road, and even poor lighting. Each accident may also involve a different type of negligent act and cause a different degree of harm.
When collisions occur, bicycle riders are often thrown from their bike and require extensive medical care and treatment for serious and catastrophic injuries. The results of such accidents may include broken bones, head and brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, amputation, and wrongful death.
The Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand has represented injured bicycle riders and the families of cyclists killed in bicycle accidents for over 25 years, with millions of dollars of compensation collected for our clients. We understand your needs and concerns. For each case that we accept, we will aggressively pursue all avenues to obtain compensation for your injuries and damages. Our firm will provide you with personal service and assist you through the legal process.
What Should You Do after an Accident?
The first thing you should do after a bike crash is get appropriate medical care and treatment for your injuries. It is also important to follow through on any medical advice or treatment regimen that your physician recommends. If you don't do these things, you make it possible for the insurance company to argue that your injuries were not related to the accident, are not severe, or that you made your injuries worse by not following medical advice.
The next thing you should do to protect your rights is contact a lawyer. When clients call us, we waste no time in beginning our own independent investigation of the collision. We visit the scene, preserve evidence, identify and interview potential witnesses, and work with a variety of experts to determine both the cause of the accident and the full extent of the injuries suffered by our clients.
Before settling a claim with an insurance company or responsible party, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities as well as the full extent of your injuries and damages.
Do Not Wait to Seek Compensation for Your Injury
If you have been injured in a California bicycle accident due to the negligence of another, you may feel that you should "wait-and-see" how bad your injury truly is, or perhaps you don't want to decide whether you want to pursue legal remedies. You should, however, bear in mind that the law requires injury victims to pursue legal action sooner rather than later.
This requirement is generally known as the "statute of limitations." If you fail to file your claim within the statute of limitations, you may be barred from ever seeking damages related to the accident, regardless of your claim’s merit. Therefore, even if you do not think you will be seeking compensation, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney is essential in understanding if you deserve compensation and should take action in preserving your potential personal injury claim.
The Santa Barbara car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand have the legal experience to successfully obtain compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a consultation on your case and to find out how we can aid you today.