Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Chino Hills, CA
Bike Accident Lawyers Representing Cyclists throughout Los Angeles County and Beyond
The Paris Firm in Chino Hills, California, represents clients who were injured in bicycle accidents. Since 1994, our founder, personal injury attorney Eric Paris has obtained financial compensation for cyclists who were injured by the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of motorists.
Bicycle accidents often result in permanent and life changing injuries. Many bicycle accident victims do not realize that compensation is available. Even if you were injured in a single vehicle bicycle accident or were the victim of hit and run, you should talk to a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney to find out about potential compensation.
Do You Need a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
If you were injured in a collision with a car, you may assume that the driver will be found at fault and that you will be able to collect compensation with a simple insurance claim. Unfortunately, it is rarely that simple. The insurance companies fight hard to avoid paying or to pay far less than you deserve.
If you were injured in a hit and run accident, a bicycle accident lawyer can help you pursue every avenue of compensation. There may be insurance coverage available to you even if we cannot locate the driver.
In single vehicle and hit and run bicycle accidents there are often factors such as defective bicycle or parts or roadway defects that can open up avenues of compensation for your injuries in accidents where victims are often under the impression that no compensation is available.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
When bicycle and cars collide, negligence on the part of the driver is often to blame. A driver can also cause a bicyclist to crash while performing evasive maneuvers, without a collision with the car. Common forms of driver negligence and wrongdoing which lead to bicycle accidents include:
- Drivers who violate bicyclists’ right of way
- Distracted drivers
- Drivers who do not know the rules of the road regarding bicycles
- Drivers who choose not to share the road
- Drivers who fail to signal when turning or pulling out from the curb
- Drivers who open their car door into the path of a bicyclist
- Unsafe passing of a bicyclist
- Intoxicated drivers
Other common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Defective bicycle or parts
- Defective motor vehicle
- Improperly marked or poorly designed bike paths and bike lanes
- Other roadway defects, such as potholes, malfunctioning traffic signals, or faulty streetlights
Compensation in Bicycle Accident Claims
Bicycle accident injuries are often severe and can be life-altering. Adequate compensation is compensation that will pay for all of the costs of your injuries, even if those costs are ongoing for the rest of your life. You may be able to recover for economic noneconomic damages including:
- Medical expenses and future medical expenses
- Home health care and custodial care
- Lost income, future lost income, and lost earning capacity
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
In Southern California, there are two general kinds of bicyclists:
- Those who bike for exercise
- Those who bike because they cannot afford a car
How Bicycle Accidents Happen
No matter what type of biker you are, you have the same right as a motorist to use the road. Far too often, cyclists are injured when motorists intentionally or unintentionally violate those rights. Many bike accidents are caused by motorists who:
- Turn left or right in front of a cyclist
- Open a car door directly in the biker’s path
- Change lanes and run the biker off the road
- Rear end the cyclist
Riding on the Sidewalk Is Not Always a Safe Choice
Cyclists are supposed to ride on the road in the same direction as traffic. Many bikers instead choose to ride on the sidewalk against traffic so they can see oncoming cars.
At street corners, drivers turning right focus on the traffic coming toward them from the left so they don’t get hit by oncoming cars. They often forget to look to the right. When they pull out, they can hit a cyclist who had been riding on the sidewalk and was crossing on the green light.
Our law firm has won financial compensation for many cyclists injured in just this manner. Even though the bicyclist was not following the rules of the road, motorists have an obligation to look both ways.
Experience That Gets Results
With most bicycle cases in which the police find the cyclist at fault, the insurance company usually denies the claim. We don’t take no for an answer. We ignore the insurance company denial and file a lawsuit to aggressively pursue the rights of our client to present their claim for injuries.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, please call (909) 469-5127 or contact us online to discuss your case. Our personal injury law firm offers a free initial consultation and case evaluation.