California Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Fighting for the Rights of the Injured
Anyone who spends time in California understands that bicycles are a regular sight in cities, in the country and just about everywhere else. The climate, the topography and the scenic beauty all combine to make California home to innumerable bicycle enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the high number of bicycles on the road also tends to lead to a high number of California bicycle accidents. If you or someone you love has been harmed in this type of a collision, you need to seek the help of California bicycle accident lawyers as soon as possible. In the meantime, below is a brief introduction to this issue.
California Bicycle Accident Statistics
Unfortunately, accurate statistics for California bicycle accidents can be difficult to obtain, as many are simply not recorded. However, the statistics that are available indicate that as many as 10,000 California bicycle accidents occur every year, and this leads to thousands of injuries and approximately 500 fatalities somewhere in the state. The majority of California bicycle accidents that lead to injuries or worse involve collisions between bicyclists and motorists.
Risks for Those Involved in California Bicycle Accidents
Clearly, anyone who is riding a bicycle is at a tremendous, perilous disadvantage when it comes to collisions with vehicles. Not only are bicyclists riding on a form of transportation that weighs only a few pounds, but most vehicles weigh over a ton. In addition, when a bicycle accident occurs, most bicyclists are thrown from their bicycles and make direct impact with the vehicle itself, the pavement below or stationary objects nearby. While bicycle helmets can and do save lives, they do not protect the entire body, and some collisions generate so much force that helmet protection is not enough to save someone.
Damages Available Following a California Bicycle Accident
When someone is hit and injured in a California bicycle accident and the motorist was negligent, it can lead to the filing of a California personal injury lawsuit that seeks to compensate the bicyclist for several forms of damages. The most obvious form of damages incurred by an injured bicyclist relates to medical costs for treating the injuries suffered, but those who are harmed can also seek compensation for lost income and for pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love has been harmed in this type of a collision, you need to seek the help of California bicycle accident lawyers who have been holding negligent motorists accountable for the harm they have caused for many years. Contact the Scarlett Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.