Agoura Hills Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Riding a bicycle is good for your health, good for the environment, and good for your wallet, as compared to driving a passenger car. Unfortunately, riding a bike on the road can be hazardous. Negligent and reckless drivers often fail to see or account for bike riders, even when there is a designated bike lane and bicyclists are following all appropriate traffic laws. When there is a collision between a bicycle and a car, the bike rider is the one who suffers the most.
The Halpern Law Firm has been protecting the rights of injured accident victims for the past 40 years. We help victims of all types of accidents, whether the victim was in a car, on the street, or riding a bike. We know just how devastating a serious personal injury can be for you and your family. We work to ensure that the negligent or reckless parties are held responsible and that you get the medical care and the compensation you need. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bike accident in Southern California, we are here to help.
California is One of the Most Dangerous States for Bike Riders
Bike accident deaths in California recently hit a 25-year high. From 2016 through 2018, more cyclists died in traffic accidents than in any three-year period for the last two and a half decades. During that period, 455 bike riders were killed across the state, translating to roughly 3.9 bike accident fatalities per million people. That is one and half times the national rate for the same period (2.6 cyclist deaths per million people).
Fatal bike accidents are an especially high risk in Los Angeles County; from 2016 to 2018, 106 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents in Los Angeles alone. Notably, 62 percent of riders killed in crashes were not wearing helmets.
Common Bike Accident Injuries
Even if the accident doesn’t lead to a fatality, bike crashes are likely to seriously injure the bike rider. Bike riders who are struck by vehicles commonly suffer a variety of severe injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Skull fractures
- Broken wrists, hands, arms, knees, and legs
- Spinal cord damage
- Road rash
- Internal injuries such as organ damage and internal bleeding
- Cuts and lacerations
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wrongful death
Regardless of the nature of your injury, you have the right to hold the at-fault driver responsible. The dedicated bike accident injury lawyer at Halpern Law Firm will help you investigate the circumstances of your accident, get the medical care you need, and hold the appropriate parties liable for the harm you and your family have suffered.
Compensation Available After a Bike Accident
If you’ve been hit while riding a bike, you have a variety of damages available to you. A seasoned California bike accident injury attorney at the Halpern Law Firm can walk you through your potential claims and all potential damages, including the following:
- Medical bills, including past, present, and potential future medical costs
- Costs for nursing care, physical therapy, prosthetics, and others
- Lost wages from time missed at work while recovering
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death
If the defendant was especially reckless, you might be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are reserved for defendants who deserve to be punished in order to deter future wrongdoing. If you were seriously injured by a drunk driver, for example, a judge or jury might award you punitive damages worth double or triple the amount of your other (“compensatory”) damages.
Call Now for Tried and True Representation from a Passionate Southern California Bike Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident in Southern California, the knowledgeable and effective personal injury legal team at the Halpern Law Firm is here to help. We fight to get you the compensation you and your family deserve. Call us at 818-785-5999 today for a Free No-Risk Confidential Consultation. These cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged any attorney’s fees unless we win