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Newport Beach Bicycle Accident Lawyer

attorney Aaron HicksWith at least nine scenic bike trails dotting its landscape, Newport Beach is the ideal place for bicyclists to live or visit. Unfortunately, no matter how bike-friendly you make the roads and signage, you can’t change drivers’ attitudes. As a result, there were nearly 4,000 bicycle crashes and 73 deaths between 2017 and 2021 in Orange County.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Newport Beach, you deserve the chance to fight for compensation. Schedule a consultation with Hicks Law Firm by calling us at 949-541-9944.

Why You Need a Bicycle Accident Attorney and How We Can Help

A bicycle accident can change your life forever. Bicycles offer little to no protection, especially when you compare them to vehicles—so when collisions happen, bicyclists bear the brunt of the injuries. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that the at-fault driver’s insurance company will jump right to paying you fair compensation for your losses. They’ll use the same tricks they use in any accident claim. They will look for evidence that you were at fault, try to pin your injuries on preexisting injuries or conditions, or offer an absurdly low settlement offer to get you to go away.

Many bicyclists fall victim to these techniques, which leaves them without the compensation they need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Our goal is to protect you from these underhanded tricks and figure out what your accident is actually worth. Through thorough investigations, careful case-building, and skilled negotiation tactics, we strive to get you every dollar you deserve. Since our team thrives in the courtroom, insurance companies know we are not afraid to take them to court if necessary.

What Causes Bike Accidents in Newport Beach?

In the aftermath of a collision, your head may be spinning—what happened? Who’s at fault? What went wrong? Figuring out exactly what happened prior to the accident is a big step toward determining liability and getting the compensation you deserve with a personal injury claim. Some of the common causes of bike accidents include:

  • Following too closely—drivers often fail to realize that bicyclists need far more space than drivers do
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring the bike lane or failing to check for bicyclists before using it as a turn lane
  • Turning without checking both directions for bicyclists
  • Failing to yield to the right of way
  • Opening a door into a lane of bicycle traffic
  • Failing to notice a bicycle in a blind spot
  • Passing a bicyclist too closely on their side, causing them to lose their balance
  • Driving while impaired, fatigued, or distracted

Eyewitnesses can be very helpful in determining what caused your accident. Unless you were actively looking out for cars and saw the one that hit you, you may not even know where they were prior to the accident. Eyewitnesses can provide insight, describe how the driver was acting before the crash, and describe their driving maneuvers before the collision.

You May Be Entitled to Compensation

Bicycle accidents can be very expensive for victims. Since your bike offers you little to no protection, you may have sustained serious injuries in your crash. Even with the help of a helmet and other protective gear, you may have a long and expensive road to recovery ahead of you. On top of that, it’s likely that you’ll need to take time off of work, repair your bike, and incur other expenses. Bicyclists may be entitled to significant compensation after a collision, including money for:

  • Medical bills, travel expenses, future medical care, adaptive equipment, and other healthcare expenses
  • Lost wages, including lost future income if you are injured enough that your ability to work is permanently affected
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage, including the cost to repair or replace your bike
  • Mental anguish and trauma

Getting the compensation you actually deserve often requires the assistance of an attorney. You’ll want to track every expense you incur as a result of your accident. That includes over-the-counter medications, tolls to get to and from appointments, mileage to get to and from appointments, time spent away from work, lost promotion opportunities, clothing ruined during the crash, and money spent to get to work because you can no longer take your bike.

Start Your Bike Accident Claim Now

With Hicks Law Firm by your side, you can hold the label party accountable for your injuries and demand the compensation you are owed. We’re here to guide you through every step of this process. Set up a consultation with our team now by calling us at 949-541-9944 or sending us a message online.