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Santa Ana Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Have you recently been injured in a bicycle accident in California? A bicycle accident lawyer Santa Ana at MVP Accident Attorneys will help you fight to recover full compensation from the negligent motorist who's responsible for your injuries. Our firm has several years of experience handling bicycle accident claims all over California, and we’re dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients and ensuring they receive full compensation for their injuries and other damages.
When Should I Contact a CA Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
A bicyclist doesn’t have much protection when they’re involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle. This makes them vulnerable to catastrophic injuries. After a collision, the accident victim must focus on their recovery. This can be hard to do if they’re also trying to navigate a challenging legal claim.
At MVP Accident Attorneys, we know how important compensation can be following an unexpected accident. We also know that an insurance company won’t make things easier for you. They often put up a fight and may even attempt to place the blame on you for the accident. Fortunately, our bicycle accident attorneys have several years of experience dealing with insurance companies. We know how they will handle your claim and the tactics and tricks they will try to use to attempt to pay you less than what you deserve. We also know how to make an insurance adjuster take your case seriously and pay you the settlement you deserve.
Our bicycle accident lawyers will:
- Investigate your accident to determine why it happened and who should be held responsible.
- Demand compensation from the liable party
- Work closely with expert witnesses who can provide insight into how the accident occurred and the severity of your injuries
- Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company
- File a lawsuit and present evidence before a judge and jury if the insurance company is refusing to negotiate a settlement that's fair
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in California
There are many common causes of bicycle accidents in Santa Ana CA. Unfortunately, many of the most common reasons involve negligent drivers.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents, including those that involve bicyclists. When a driver isn't paying attention to the road, the likelihood of an accident increases drastically.
Drunk or Impaired Driving
When a motorist gets behind the wheel while they're under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their reaction time is much slower, their judgment is poor, and they have difficulty paying attention to everything going on around them. Unfortunately, impaired drivers contribute to many bicycle accidents every year.
Failure to Follow Local Laws
A bicyclist is required to comply with traffic laws. This includes riding with the flow of traffic, yielding the right of way to pedestrians, and stopping at red traffic signals. An accident is more likely to occur when a bicyclist fails to follow traffic laws. The same can be said about motorists. This can include speeding, driving too closely to the bicyclist, and failure to yield.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
When you’re injured in a bicycle accident in California, your life can be changed forever. At MVP Accident Attorneys, we know that a bicycle accident can have a lasting impact on your life, which is why we’re prepared to help you demand compensation for all of your injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
Securing Compensation After an Orange County Bike Accident
A bicycle accident victim can potentially recover compensation from anyone who is found negligent for their accident. Liability usually extends to anyone whose harmful actions or negligence causes an accident.
This can include:
- Transit companies
- Other bicyclists
- Government agencies
- Manufacturers of defective or unsafe bike parts
What Damages Are Available?
Following a bicycle accident in California, you may have a claim for damages if someone else is responsible for your injuries. Our Santa Ana bicycle accident attorneys will aggressively pursue all available avenues of compensation, which can include money for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Disfigurement and scarring
We will work tirelessly to ensure that your case is accurately valued. We’ll work with experts who can provide important insight into medical treatment costs and future medical treatment needs. They can also shed some light on the severity of your injuries and causation. Once we’ve learned these important details, we can position ourselves to maximize your compensation.
Settlements Negotiations and Insurance Companies
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you can expect the driver’s insurance provider to contact you at some point. We do not recommend speaking to an insurance company without first consulting an attorney. If you do not have an attorney, an insurance adjuster will try to take advantage of you during this challenging and stressful time. They will usually offer a low settlement, hoping that you are so desperate for money that you’ll immediately accept their offer. They may also ask confusing or misleading questions that are meant to cause you to say something that could be damaging to your personal injury claim.
An attorney from MVP Accident Attorneys will not allow an insurance company to take advantage of you or intimidate you. We will negotiate a settlement on your behalf, and we will not back down until the insurance company offers a settlement amount that’s fair.
Most cases can be resolved out of court, however, if we are unable to negotiate a fair settlement with an insurance company, we can file a lawsuit. Most insurance companies want to avoid a lawsuit at all costs. A trial is time-consuming and expensive. In many instances, an insurance company is more willing to negotiate once they realize that we plan to take your case to trial.
However, if they are still unwilling to make a fair settlement offer, we will proceed with the lawsuit and present evidence before a judge and jury that will show the negligent motorist should be held liable for your injuries, pain and suffering, and other losses.
How Long Do I Have to File a Bike Accident Lawsuit in Santa Ana CA?
In California, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. This means you will have two years to initiate a claim for damages. If you wait too long to assert your rights, you will be barred from receiving compensation.
Contact Our California Bicycle Accident Attorneys Today
If you have been injured in an accident in California, contact the bicycle accident lawyers at MVP Accident Attorneys today. We offer free case reviews. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us as soon as possible to schedule your consultation and find out how we can help you hold a negligent motorist responsible for your injuries and other damages.