Bicycle accidents are often caused by negligent motor vehicle operators who do not understand that bicyclists have the right to share the road with all other vehicles. An average bike weighs 20 to 30 pounds; a car weighs about 3,000 pounds. A fully loaded truck may weigh more than 80,000 pounds. When a car crashes into a bike, severe injuries or death may occur. If a motor vehicle crashes into a bicycle, the cyclist may experience severe injuries or death. Common bike accident injuries include:
The San Luis Obispo Ernst Law Group represents injured bicycle accident victims. If you were harmed in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries (see below). It is advisable to obtain the legal advice of an experienced, skilled bicycle accident attorney who will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Bicycle Accident Causes:
Bicycle accidents are caused most often by motor vehicle driver negligence. Common causes include:
Unfortunately, bicyclists are no match for cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. Cyclists learn to drive defensively and scan the area as they ride but motor vehicle negligence causes accidents and injuries.
Free Case Evaluation from San Luis Obispo Bike Accident Attorney:
The Ernst Law Group offers a free case evaluation so that you can ask the questions that will help you decide whether and how to proceed in your case. If you were injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by the negligence of a motor vehicle operator or another responsible party, you may seek compensation for:
If a fatality resulted from a bicycle accident, the survivors may file a wrongful death lawsuit for compensation for damages. Of course, nothing can ever replace a loved one; compensation, however, can help you move forward during a most challenging period in your life. It is important to file your case within the statutory time; in California, generally, the statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death claims expires after two years. In certain cases the statute of limitations may be six months; check with your attorney – if you do not file your claim within the allotted time, you will be precluded from filing. The Ernst Law Group will pursue your personal injury or wrongful death claim on a contingency basis, which means that you do not have to pay any fees unless we win your case. For a free case evaluation with one of California’s premier law firms, contact the San Luis Obispo Ernst Law Group at (800) 541-0300. You may contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.