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California is the leader of the nation when it comes to green initiatives with some of the strictest rules in the country regarding recycling and emissions. Because of our state’s interest in protecting the environment and our future, more of us are turning to alternate modes of transportation to get around.
Bicycles are an excellent way to get around town and conserve energy while getting some exercise. Unfortunately, bike accidents have increased in recent years. According to a study conducted by the California Governor’s Highway Safety Administration, bicyclists are more likely to be injured or killed in our state than any other area of the country. As you well know, Orange County is infamous for its congested roadways, car accidents, and creating dangerous scenarios for bikers.
Injuries sustained in a bike accident can be catastrophic. Broken limbs, injured muscles, spinal cord damage, and brain injuries are all possible outcomes when a motorist collides with a bicycle. The injuries you incur from a bike accident can result in weeks or months of recovery. As a result, investigating bike accidents can be complicated.
The police are required to report to the scene of an accident whenever someone’s been injured. Often times however, you’ll likely be on your way to the hospital by the time they get there, meaning that they will hear the driver’s statement of events first.
By the time law enforcement comes to obtain your statement, your details of the event may be fuzzy. Whether you are on pain medications that make it hard for you to recall events or everything happened so quickly that you aren’t sure, you may be under pressure and not be able to to form an accurate picture of the event. As a result, your accident may not get the careful attention it requires.
While colliding with a car only makes up 11% of all bike crashes, nearly half of these take place at an intersection. As a cyclist, you’re required to follow the rules of the road, but drivers don’t always check their surroundings before going. One of the most common ways to be injured on your bike is to be struck when a driver is making a right on a red light.
In the state of California, a bike is considered a vehicle, so it must follow the same rules as a motor vehicle. If you’re crossing at a crosswalk, you have the “right of way,” but if you were crossing in the middle of the street, a police officer may find you liable for the accident, even if the driver wasn’t paying attention.
As you can see, bike accident cases become complicated quickly. The right legal team can help you accurately report your version of events, establish fault, and attain a fair settlement for your injuries.
Bike injuries sometimes have consequences that last a lifetime. Spinal cord injuries and orthopedic afflictions can cause pain and damage for months, years, or even decades after an accident. If you’re suffering short-term or long-term injuries as the direct result of a bike accident, our team can help. We’re committed to the needs of our clients at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo.
We have a reputation for settling personal injury cases outside of court, acquiring fair settlements for our clients without going to trial. However, we’re not afraid to take a case to court if it means obtaining the best outcome for you. Call our office for a free case evaluation and we’ll review your unique case and let you know how to proceed.