Bike Accident Attorneys in Santa Barbara
Legal Representation After a Bicycle Accident
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.
When collisions occur, bicycle riders are often thrown from their bikes 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.
NordstrandBlack PC has represented injured bicycle riders and the families of cyclists devastated by the effects of 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.
Bike Accident Case Results
- $595,000 Judgment at Trial - Bike Accident - Struck by Pick-up Truck
- $525,000 Settlement for Policy Limit - Bike/Truck Accident
- $100,000 Settlement for Policy Limit - Bike/Auto Accident - Hit at Intersection
- $85,000 Settlement - Bicycle/Auto Accident - Broken Bones
∗ Selected cases listed. Every case is different. Past case results are not a guarantee, and similar results may not be obtained in your case. View more case results here.
Bicyclists often receive head injuries in bike accidents. Even when wearing a helmet. Oftentimes head injuries are not initially recognized. If the bicyclist’s head impacted anything, examine the head and helmet. Photograph any bruises, bumps, and other injuries as well as scrapes to the helmet and pavement or other areas of contact. Point out these injuries to a doctor so they are noted in the medical records. Contact our office so that we may professionally photograph these things and investigate.
Oftentimes, signs of serious head injury go unnoticed for significant time periods.
Head injury can result in impaired vision, impaired hearing, and loss of sense of smell. It may impair cognitive function, cause fatigue, and myriad other symptoms. NordstrandBlackPC has extensive experience assisting accident victims who have head injuries. We will direct you to the specialty doctors and medical providers you need to determine, document, and treat a head injury.
What Should You Do after a Bike Collision in California?
The first thing you should do after a bike crash is get appropriate medical care 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 companies 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.
What If the Accident Was Serious?
For a serious accident, you must act immediately to protect your rights and ensure the well-being of everyone involved. Immediate medical care is vital, after which you should not sign anything until your lawyer has read it and confirmed it is in your best interest. If you speak with a police officer at the scene, describe what happened accurately, but do not take any blame for what occurred. All of the details may not be immediately known, so you could take responsibility for something you later learn happened because of someone else's actions.
When a child is involved, make sure that he or she receives immediate medical attention. Serious bicycle accidents can have long-term effects for a child, especially if the accident resulted in a head injury. You may feel like you should sign what your own insurance company provides to you, but even someone who seems to be on your side can ask you to sign away your rights. Always have an experienced Santa Barbara child injury lawyer look at documents before signing them - even if they are given to you by someone you believe works for your best interests.
If death occurs after a bike accident, there is no real compensation adequate for such a loss. Knowing that medical and other expenses are handled, such as loss of financial and emotional support, however, can allow you and your loved ones to grieve and recover with a certain peace of mind. In these situations it is more important than ever to have a lawyer with experience work for you and make sure your rights are protected. No one grieving the loss of a loved one should have to deal with all of the paperwork involved in a civil lawsuit.
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 need to take action to preserve your potential claim.
Who Is Liable for a Bike Accident?
Liability ultimately comes down to negligence. Driver negligence can be a major contributing factor in bike accidents on the road. For example, if a driver did not check his side mirror, and opened his door into your path, then you may be able to bring a civil lawsuit against him. It is the responsibility of drivers to share the road not only with other motorists, but also with bicyclists and pedestrians. Drivers must be aware of their actions and environment, and act reasonably to ensure you remain safe on a bike.
Of course, you must also obey traffic laws when riding a bike and make sure you observe the proper right-of-way laws. You must follow the same laws as motorists and obey traffic signs, ride in the same direction as traffic, and signal when changing lanes or turning. As long as you are following traffic laws, you have the right to share the road with motorists, and you should always be able to use bicycle lanes without vehicles obstructing them or coming dangerously close to you. If you are struck by a motor vehicle, make sure you seek immediate medical attention and report the accident to law enforcement.
What Should I Do If It Was a Hit-and-Run?
After a motor vehicle–bicycle collision, motorists have the same responsibility to remain at the scene and provide necessary assistance and information. Someone leaving the scene of a bike accident commits a crime known as hit-and-run. If you can, try to record details about the vehicle, including the make and model, color, and license plate number. Even partial information can help. Provide all of this information to law enforcement and make sure you remain at the scene to give any other details that may be needed. We can also assist you in determining whether you have coverage on your own insurance policy for a hit-and-run claim.
Put Our Knowledge and Experience to Work for You!
The Santa Barbara injury lawyers at NordstrandBlack PC 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. Do not wait - give us a call at (805) 962-2022 and we can discuss your case, talk about your options, and make sure your rights are protected.
- Bicycle Accident Blogs
- What Are Common Ways Driver Negligence Can Cause a Bike Accident?
- NordstrandBlack PC Obtains $545,000 Settlement in Bicycle Injury Accident
- Caltrans Bicycle Program
- Sharing the Road (FFDL 37) Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Motorists
- CVC 21200 - Operation of Bicycles