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Huntington Beach Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Experienced Bike Accident Attorneys Serving Huntington Beach, CA

There’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful California sun than on a bike. Whether you’re cruising a trail or zipping down the streets of Bolsa Chica-Heil on your way downtown, it’s a great way to get some exercise and fresh air.

Unfortunately, bicycling isn’t always the safest way to get around. Distracted drivers, drivers who don’t know how to drive safely around bicycles, and drivers who don’t like sharing the road are all threats to you. If you are hurt in a bicycling accident, you have options. Call the team at Hicks Law Firm at 949-541-9944 to set up a consultation now.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Bike accidents are unfortunately fairly common in California, despite the fact that California is the fourth most bike-friendly state in the country. Huntington Beach also made UC Berkeley’s list of California’s bicycle-friendly communities, receiving a bronze award for its numerous bike lanes on arterial streets, bike-friendly laws, and public education. Some of the most commonly reported causes of bike collisions include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Failing to watch for bicyclists
  • Using bike lanes improperly
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Failing to yield
  • Failing to leave enough space around a bike
  • Turning without checking for bikes—in particular, turning right without checking left for bicyclists

Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents

Unfortunately, bike accident injuries can be painful, full of complications, and expensive. Drivers rarely suffer injuries from bike collisions, thanks to the protection offered by cars, seat belts, and other safety gear. This means that bicyclists often suffer the worst outcomes in a collision. Common minor injuries include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Minor fractures
  • Abrasions
  • Contusions
  • Cuts

However, bicyclists can also suffer severe, life-changing injuries:

  • Skull fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Internal bleeding

A lot depends on the speed of the vehicle and the type of accident you’re involved in. It may also depend on the type of bike you’re riding. For example, people that use clip-in pedals may get stuck during an accident, which may result in serious injuries to the lower extremities.

Immediate medical attention is essential after a bike accident. Even if you just feel bruised and perhaps a little bit embarrassed, make time to get checked out at a local urgent care facility or hospital. Quickly identifying injuries is key to starting proper treatment and giving yourself a chance at a full recovery.

You May Be Entitled to Compensation

Under the laws of civil liability in California, parties are liable for damages they cause through their own negligence. In order to get the compensation you deserve, you’ll need to prove that the other party caused you injury through a lack of reasonable care on their part. For example, a driver may be liable if:

  • You were traveling in the bike lane and they opened the door of their parked car in front of you, causing you to fly off your bike
  • They turned right without checking to the left, causing them to strike you as you crossed the intersection
  • They failed to leave enough space behind you as you traveled ahead of them, causing them to hit you when you came to a stop

The compensation varies substantially, depending on the details of your claim. Victims often receive compensation for:

  • Medical bills, travel expenses, surgical expenses, follow-up appointments, and related expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future income if your ability to work is permanently impacted
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Loss of quality of life

How the Team at Hicks Law Firm Can Help

You’re looking at your medical bills, wondering how you’re going to pay for them—especially when you’re out of work. That’s where we step in to help. Our team will take over the investigation of your accident, look into your injuries, analyze the evidence you’ve gathered, and determine liability. From there, we’ll put everything together into a case to present to the insurance company so we can demand the compensation you deserve. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible, no matter how obvious it is that their client is at fault. Our goal: is to sidestep the tricks they use to deny victims fair compensation and force them to offer you fair and full compensation. Our team is trial-tested, so whether your case ends in a settlement or goes to court, we are prepared.

Contact Us Now—We’re Ready to Help!

Are you ready to start your personal injury claim? Let’s sit down and talk about your legal options. Schedule a consultation now by calling us at 949-541-9944 or reaching out online.