A bicycle is a basic form of transportation and exercise for many as they ride to work or for enjoyment. When a driver crashes into you, the accident can end life as you know it.
The new challenges you face are frightening and costly. As the medical invoices arrive, your inability to pay them can make you anxious and prevent you from getting the rest your injuries need.
A Fresno bicycle accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help you through this challenging time. We can investigate your accident and seek to hold the liable parties accountable for their actions. For a free case evaluation, call us now at (800) 761-5225.
Bicyclists Are Vulnerable Road Users
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety and Highway Administration (NHTSA), bicycle accidents are rising. Described as vulnerable road users, bicyclists are at extreme risk of severe injuries when struck by a vehicle.
The increasing popularity of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) is especially dangerous for bicyclists due to their high profile. Bicyclists can suffer severe injuries when struck by an SUV, sedan, or truck, including:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Road rash
Recovering from serious injuries is often a slow and painful process. Rehabilitation, therapies, and medical procedures can result in missed time from work. Particularly severe injuries can prevent you from returning to your job or career forever.
If your bicycle ride resulted in significant life changes due to a negligent driver, Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help you fight for justice.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer serving Fresno, call (800) 761-5225
Driver Behaviors That Place Bicyclists at Risk for Injuries
From bike lanes to country roads, drivers must share the road with bicyclists. When a driver fails to acknowledge a bicyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as others, it is a recipe for disaster. The following are a few examples of driver behaviors that can result in an accident:
- Aggressive driving: Speeding, yelling, and road rage actions of throwing objects at a bicyclist
- Drunk driving: Driving while impaired, with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 percent or higher, resulting in reduced reaction time
- Driving while tired: Nodding off to sleep behind the wheel due to a lack of sleep or an undiagnosed sleep disorder
- Distracted driving: Failing to pay attention to the road while driving and maintaining control of the vehicle
Distracted driving is a growing danger on California’s streets and highways. A national AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey reports that nearly 50 percent of respondents reported regularly seeing people emailing and texting while driving.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sending or reading a text at 55 mph removes your focus from the road for about 5 seconds. The CDC states that this is enough time to cover the length of a football field.
A Fresno bicycle lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can determine what occurred and who is at fault for your injuries. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation. We can review your legal options with you and answer any questions you have.
Evidence of Your Bicycle Accident
Any evidence in your possession can help us build your case. The sooner you provide the following types of evidence, the faster we can conduct our investigation:
- A police report from the accident
- Accident scene pictures from a smartphone or camera
- Video footage from you or an accident witness
- Contact information for witnesses
- Medical reports detailing your injuries
- Proof of your lost wages or reduced income
Interviewing witnesses soon after the accident is vital for your case. As time passes, they may become confused, fail to recall specific details, or move away.
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, might also be able to collect evidence you may not have, such as footage from a traffic camera that may have recorded your accident. Our goal is to represent you so that you can rest and recover.
Fresno Bicycle Accident Lawyer Near Me (800) 761-5225
Dangerous drivers killed more than 850 bicyclists in 2018, with 455 of the deaths occurring in California, according to Kaiser Health News. If a close loved one died in a bicycle accident, we could represent you in a wrongful death claim and lawsuit.
The void you feel from your loss is something that compensation cannot fill. Unexpected expenses associated with your loved one’s death and a loss of income can leave you feeling stressed during this highly emotional time.
If you face final medical expenses, funeral costs, and other damages from the death of a close loved one, take action and contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, without delay. We can guide you through the process as you seek financial recovery.
How We Can Help You
From filing paperwork to interviewing witnesses, our team stands ready to work on your case. To help you, you and our team must act promptly.
The California statute of limitations, under California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) § 335.1, generally allows two years for personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. If this time passes before you file, your opportunity is likely lost forever. Our team will file your lawsuit on time.
We start our pursuit of compensation by negotiating with an insurance adjuster. If our negotiations are not moving us closer to our desired settlement for you, we could take your case to trial.
A bicycle accident with serious injuries or death—due to a negligent driver—is not fair. You should not deal with the legal matters alone.
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Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, Today
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we fight for accident victims and their families. If someone failed to share the road with you or someone you love, a Fresno bicycle accident lawyer understands the steps necessary for pursuing financial recovery.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis. We do not collect payment unless we win your case. You can afford to contact us, knowing that we require no upfront if we do not win awards for you.
Start your journey toward possible justice by contacting Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today. A member of our team will keep you informed regarding the progress of your case. Call us now to schedule your free case evaluation at (800) 761-5225.