Fresno Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Fresno Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Fresno Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Our Fresno bicycle accident attorneys have decades of experience representing victims who have been injured in a bicycle accident.

We understand that bicycle accident injuries could be very life-threatening. If you or a loved one have experienced an injury from a bicycle accident, contact our experienced accident attorneys today to see how you could receive compensation for your injuries. If another party is responsible for your injuries, you have the right to file a lawsuit against them to recover compensation.

Fresno has some of the most bicycle friendly laws, however, many drivers do not adhere to them and Fresno has one of the highest bicycle accident fatalities compared to any city in the United States. Our bicycle accident lawyers have decades of experience representing clients who have been injured in a bicycle accident, and aggressively fight for your rights against the insurance companies and adjusters. Insurance companies and adjusters are known to downplay their liability, blaming the plaintiff for putting their life at risk for bicycling. However, this is not the case, and we handle all communications with insurance companies so you focus on healing from your injuries.

Different Types of Bicycle Accidents in California

 There are four main causes of bicycle accidents in California.  the four main causes include:

  • Reckless driving at intersections: oftentimes, many vehicle drivers fail to adhere to stop lights at intersections. Although a bicyclist may stop at an intersection, a driver may not always stop at an intersection, and ends up colliding with a bicyclist.
  • Car doors: parked cars may not see oncoming bicyclists behind them and when they open their door, a bicyclist may slam into the door.
  • Left turns: sometimes, drivers do not pay attention to the intersection when making left hand turns.
  • Right turns: a car making a right-hand turn does not see a bicyclist in the bicycle lane, and hits the bicyclist as they try to make the turn.

 What causes bicycle accidents in Fresno?

  • Driving under the influence: drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs may have their sight impaired, and may not be able to notice a bicyclist on the road.
  • Road Rage: road rage is especially common in Fresno during peak traffic times. Aggressive drivers may try to speed past or cut off a bicyclist to purposely try to harm them.
  • Inexperienced driving: some streets in Fresno are one-way streets, and so an inexperienced driver may drive the wrong way against traffic, and collide with a bicyclist.
  • Texting and driving: distracted driving is one of the most common causes of bicycle accidents.

Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicycle accidents result in very catastrophic injuries for bicyclists, especially because they have no protective barrier around them. Drivers of vehicles most likely suffered minor injuries compared to bicyclists. Examples of common bicycle accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ failure
  • Paralysis
  • Concussions
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries

California Bicycle Accident Statistics

  • According to Kaiser Health News, California is the leading state to have the most bicycle accident fatalities compared to any other state.
  • There were 455 fatalities caused by bicycle accidents in California between the years 2016 to 2018.
  • One of the major reasons as to why there are so many bicycle accidents in California is because of the rising population rates, and the easy commute bicycling may appeal to be.
  • The counties with the most bicycle accident fatalities are Los Angeles County, Fresno County, Sacramento County, and Orange County.

Fresno Bicycle Accident Statistics:

  • Although there has been a push by Fresno residents to make the city more bike-friendly, Fresno has one of the most bicycle accident fatalities than any other County.
  • There were less fatalities in 2020 compared to the year 2019 due to the covid-19 “Safer at Home: order.
  • Every 10 mph in speed increases the chance of being involved in a fatal bicycle accident in Fresno
  • Currently, the Fresno Police Department is focused on educating the public on sharing the road, and being present at major intersections where bicycle accidents are likely to occur.

Who are the defendants in a bicycle accident lawsuit?

  • Vehicle drivers: Vehicle drivers who collide with the bicyclist are almost always liable to the bicyclist injuries for failing to yield to their right of way.
  • Government entities: if the road and bicycle lane were improperly designed, the victim of the bicycle accident may have a claim against the government entity responsible for roads and transportation.
  • Bicycle manufacturer: if the bicycle had a defect that caused the accident, the injured bicyclist may have a product liability claim against the bicycle manufacturer and the bicycle retailer for compensation. The defect could include a warranty defect, a manufacturing defect, or a design defect.
  • Car manufacturer: if the accident was caused by a defect with the driver’s car, such as defective brakes, the injured victim may have a product liability claim against the car manufacturer and retailer.

How can a bicyclist be at fault in a bicycle accident?

Sometimes, a bicyclist themself could also be liable for their injuries. Examples of how bicyclist could be liable include:

  • When a bicyclist is riding their bike on the wrong side of the road
  • When a bicyclist drives towards oncoming traffic
  • When a bicyclist is speeding
  • When a bicyclist makes sharp turns
  • When a bicyclist makes an unpredictable move without signaling

When should I contact a bicycle accident attorney?

Our top-rated bicycle accident attorneys advise that you contact an attorney immediately after being involved in an accident. There’s a time limit placed for specific lawsuits, and could limit and restrict your right to sue if you file a lawsuit too late. Also, the sooner you file a lawsuit, the sooner our attorneys will be able to gather evidence in your favor. The more you wait, the evidence might get destroyed or lost through time.

When should I file my bicycle accident claim?

California’s statute of limitations provides a specific limited time as to when a bicycle accident claim could be filed. This depends on the circumstances of the lawsuit. For example, if you are suing a government entity for defective roads, you only have six months from the date of the accident. But, if you are suing the other driver, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. That is why it is very important to schedule a consultation with us as soon as possible so we can determine who the liable parties are and to file claims timely against them.  California courts are known to not provide any extensions or exceptions to those who miss the deadline the statute of limitations has provided.

What should I do after a bicycle accident?

If you are ever involved in a bicycle accident, it is important that you take the necessary steps to make sure that you could seek compensation at a future time.

  1. Seek medical attention immediately after the accident. This will provide you with a medical record stating the injuries you have suffered
  2. Wait for the police officers to arrive at the scene so they create a police report.
  3.  Gather the information of witnesses, along with the insurance information of any parties involved.
  4. Take photos of the damage.
  5. Keep a daily journal describing your injuries, and the difficulty you are facing.
  6. Contact an experienced Fresno accident attorney to pursue your legal claims.

Why hire our bicycle attorneys?

  1. Our bicycle attorneys have decades of experience representing victims who have been severely injured in a bicycle accident case.
  2. Our attorneys will investigate the bicycle accident claim and determine the potential liable parties to make sure that we have gathered all the relevant evidence.
  3. Our attorneys are not afraid of going to trial if we do not end up settling with the at-fault party.
  4. Our top-rated personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay for our attorneys upfront until we win the compensation in your favor.
  5. We have recovered around 300 million dollars in recovery for our clients.
  6. We are available 24/7 to our clients via email and phone to answer any questions and concerns they may have with their case.
  7. We offer a free no risk consultation to determine the amount of compensation you could potentially receive.
  8. We have strong relationships with top rated legal experts and accident reconstructionist. 

Our accident attorneys know how to investigate and prove bicycle accident claims. We have been handling these types of cases for decades. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your claim.

Direccion: 1444 Fulton St. Fresno, CA 93721

Teléfono: (559) 212-3317