Bicycle accidents may generally leave one party relatively unscathed and the other party seriously injured—this is just the nature of a large vehicle striking a defenseless bicyclist. A Santa Ana bicycle accident lawyer will survey the damage that you or a loved one have suffered because of a bicycle accident and be your legal representative seeking awards for your losses. Your injuries could leave you in severe pain and suffering financially, as well as facing other losses. You may deserve to collect compensation for the ways in which you have been hurt because of your bicycle accident.
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC will speak with you whether you are the injured party or you are representing a living or deceased loved one. Call Ben Crump, PLLC today at (800) 761-5225 for a free consultation. We do not shy away from tough cases.
Bicyclists Suffer When Motorists Act Dangerously
Motorists in Santa Ana are completely in control of whether they drive safely or not. When drivers choose not to operate their vehicles safely, then bicyclists are among the parties that can be seriously injured by their reckless actions.
Some of the ways that a motorist may have put you or your loved one in a position for injury include:
Failing to Maintain a Safe Vehicle
Drivers can put bicyclists at risk before they even get behind the wheel. A motorist may have failed to protect you or your loved one because they:
- Drove on tires that were not safe
- Drove knowing that their brakes were in poor condition
- Drove knowing that their vehicle’s engine was not in good condition
- Drove a vehicle that was unsafe in any other way
There are steps that motorists can take to avoid their vehicles becoming a danger. Tire rotation, regular maintenance, and addressing specific concerns are some of those steps. A motorist might be liable if their vehicle caused an accident because it was in disrepair.
In some cases, a vehicle defect may not be the driver’s fault. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps track of vehicle recalls, and a vehicle involved in your accident could have had defects that contributed to your accident.
Perhaps the clearest way for a motorist to endanger a bicyclist is to drive in a dangerous manner. Dangerous driving can be caused by intoxication, a driver’s emotional state, or impulsive behavior. The following behaviors may be considered dangerous:
- Failing to stay in one’s lane
- Driving closely behind other vehicles
- Turning illegally
There are many other ways that a driver can put bicyclists in Santa Ana at risk and may have put you at risk. A Santa Ana bicycle accident lawyer can speak with you about why your accident happened and what they will do to seek justice for you or your loved one.
Call Ben Crump, PLLC today for more details about our legal services.
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Bicyclist Injuries May Be Particularly Severe
Motor vehicle occupants have a few protections from the impact of another vehicle—doors, windows, a metal vehicle frame, seatbelts, and airbags. Bicycles have none of these protections.
The lack of protection for bicyclists means that your injuries from your accident could be severe. You may even have lost a loved one because of the injuries that they suffered in a Santa Ana bicycle accident.
Broken bones, internal bleeding, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and spinal cord injuries are among the types of trauma that a bicycle accident victim might suffer. If you are dealing with these or other injuries, then you may suffer the following problems:
- Inability to work
- Inability to engage in physical activity, including but not limited to exercise
- Health problems stemming from your injuries
- Emotional and mental health problems
- Permanent disability
- Recurring pain
Being injured can also be extremely costly. You may have to pay for treatment that you received just after your accident, and you may need more care in the future. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that fatal traffic accidents involving bicyclists cost Californians $205 million in 2018. You may personally face the cost of injuries or a lost loved one, and a lawyer will seek compensation to help reduce your personal costs.
A lawyer will take care of every part of your case. Whether you file an insurance claim or a lawsuit, a lawyer will handle the process from the moment of your free consultation until your case is complete. While your lawyer addresses your claim or lawsuit, you may receive physical therapy, rest, or cope with the loss of a loved one.
Everyone’s process for recovery after a bicycle accident may be different, and hiring a lawyer can allow you to go about your recovery however you see fit.
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Connect with a Santa Ana Bicycle Accident Lawyer
You can begin the process of hiring a Santa Ana bicycle accident lawyer by participating in a free consultation. The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC does not charge anything upfront for their services. They will aim to protect you or your loved one from suffering any further harm from your bicycle accident. The negligent party should pay for your treatment and other damages, not you. We will fight for the best possible outcome.
Call Ben Crump, PLLC today at (800) 761-5225 for your free consultation.