Millions Recovered For Injured Cyclists Throughout California
California is statistically one of the most dangerous states for cyclists; according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 840 cyclists were killed in traffic-related accidents in 2016 (the latest year for which data is available). This is to say nothing of the thousands of cyclists injured on California roads every year.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident, you are not alone. Our firm can help you take legal action against the liable party/parties and fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed. Our Irvine bicycle accident attorney is a seasoned trial lawyer who has secured more than $250 million for our clients. We are prepared to fight for you.
Contact Alpine Law Group online or by phone at (866) 773-0222 today for a free consultation. There are absolutely no fees unless/until we secure compensation for you.
Determining Negligence In Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Accidents
Generally speaking, California follows what is known as the rule of pure comparative negligence. What this means is that all parties involved in an accident may be found partially or fully at fault for the incident. For example, if a cyclist fails to stop at a stop sign and is hit by a driver who happened to be texting at the time of the accident, both the cyclist and the driver will likely be found partially at fault. This is because both drivers and cyclists have a duty of care when sharing the road.
That being said, a driver’s duty of care is typically greater than that of a cyclist due to the fact that a cyclist will sustain the vast majority of injuries in a vehicle-bicycle collision.
Some common causes of bicycle accidents that can be attributed to driver negligence include:
- Distracted driving (including cellphone use)
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Fatigued driving/falling asleep at the wheel
- Failure to obey traffic laws (e.g. running a red light)
- Driving in a designated bike lane
- Failure to look for cyclists before opening a car door
- Careless, inexperienced, or inattentive driving
Even if a cyclist is partially at fault for an accident, he or she may still be able to recover compensation for his/her damages. In such cases, the total reward is reduced by the at-fault percentage of the plaintiff.
For example, if you were hit by a speeding car driver while cycling outside of a designated bike lane, you may be found 10% at-fault for the incident. If the total amount of your damages equals $10,000, you will only be able to recover $9,000.
We Can Fight For Your Maximum Recovery
At Alpine Law Group, we are committed to helping you secure the full, fair compensation you are owed. Our Irvine bicycle accident lawyer has successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars, including numerous seven-figure settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of our clients. We have a considerable track record of securing better results in less time than other law firms and, while we cannot guarantee an outcome for your specific case, we can promise to do everything in our power to fight for your right to a fair recovery.
Reach out to our firm today for a free consultation; call (866) 773-0222 or submit an online contact form to get started.