Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyer
At MKP Law Group, LLP our attorneys exclusively represent injury victims. For years we have fought on behalf of clients who were hurt in accidents due to the negligence of another party. We realize that it can be difficult to afford quality Los Angeles personal injury attorneys so we always work on what is known as a contingency fee basis, meaning WE DON’T GET PAID UNLESS WE WIN.
There are no upfront, out-of-pocket costs to our clients. Our experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of our clients and will fight hard on your behalf to ensure you get maximum compensation for your injuries.
Our bicycle accident injury attorneys work with a team of medical experts throughout Los Angeles and California to ensure that you or a loved one receives top-notch medical care for a speedy and healthy recovery while we deal with the insurance companies.
We are a team that represents injury victims throughout the State of California. MKP Law Group, LLP’s attorneys strive to make the process as easy and quick as possible for you. The dedicated team at MKP is experienced, attentive, dependable, and tenacious so call us today at 310-285-5353 to schedule your 100% FREE consultation.
Why Hire a Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorney?
In crowded California cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, bicycling is a popular mode of transportation for many people. Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous mode of transportation. In fact, in 2014, California led the country in bicycle fatalities.
Whether the accident was caused by distracted motorists, overly-aggressive drivers, or lazy drivers who don’t use turn signals, bicycle accidents seem to be an unfortunate reality for Californians.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the attorneys at MKP Law Group, LLP immediately and let them fight on your behalf. Our attorneys understand how dangerous California roads can be for cyclists, but more importantly, they know how to use the law to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, don’t go it alone; call MKP Law Group LLP to set up your consultation today. The consultation is free and, as always, MKP works on a contingency basis meaning you don’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Los Angeles
In California, bicyclists riding in the roadway have largely the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. When cyclists are involved in accidents with motor vehicles, the injuries can be horrific. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Careless Drivers – Vehicle drivers have a duty to share the road with cyclists and should safely pay attention to bicyclists. However, many drivers or cars and trucks fail to signal, fail to fully stop at stop signs, fail to yield to cyclists or drive in a distracted manner.
- Impaired Drivers – Many accidents involving bicyclists are caused by drunk drivers and/or drugged drivers.
- Reckless Drivers – Southern Californian drivers have earned their reputation as impatient and aggressive motorists who often demonstrate “road rage.” Unfortunately, many motorists drive at unsafe speeds, attempt to swerve their motor-vehicle to pass bikers, fail to yield the right-of-way to cyclists, or even tailgate cyclists thus causing accidents.
- Opening Car Doors – Many accidents are caused by drivers who have parked their car and open their car door without first looking to see if there are cyclists approaching from behind.
- Road Conditions – Uneven road conditions (e.g., potholes) and poorly designed intersections with restricted visibility are also common causes of bicycle accidents in California.
- Defective Bicycles or Helmets – Bicycle and helmet manufacturers have an obligation to ensure that they build and sell properly and safely designed bicycles and helmets. If a production malfunction in the bicycle leads to a crash or a helmet fails to properly safeguard against injuries in the event of a bicycle crash, manufacturers can be held responsible for the injuries sustained by bikers.
In the event a lawsuit needs to be filed against the government for unsafe road conditions, dangerously constructed intersections, or improperly designed bike lanes, bikers have only 6 months to sue the government. Whereas victims of bicycle accidents involving private citizens have 2 years to sue.
What to do After a Bike Accident in Los Angeles?
The unfortunate reality is that many accidents involving bicyclists result in catastrophic and permanent injuries to the biker. That is why it is imperative you hire an experienced attorney who knows how to investigate and successfully handle these claims.
The attorneys at MKP Law Group, LLP work with a team of trusted investigators who can track down and obtain eye-witness statements, who obtain surveillance footage from nearby stores or traffic cameras, as well as engineers who can reconstruct how the accident occurred.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed during a bicycle accident, call MKP Law Group, LLP today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Steps to take if you are a bicyclist who has been hit by a car in Los Angeles:
If possible, there are several steps that should be taken immediately after a bicycle accident including:
1. Call 911 immediately after your bike crash
The police will arrive at the scene of the accident to document the incident, determine if any obvious traffic laws were broken, and issue a report that includes all parties’ contact information.
This report can be helpful in showing the motorist was at-fault in causing the accident. In the event there are serious injuries, an ambulance will be called to transport the accident victims to the ER to receive medical treatment.
2. Obtain witness information
Eyewitnesses can be crucial in proving the motorist was at-fault in causing the bicycle accident case.
3. Take photos of the scene
Photographing the scene of the incident, including the positioning of the bicycles and motor vehicles, can help establish who was at-fault in causing the bicycle accident
4. Seek medical treatment
Bicycle accident victims often suffer serious injuries and should always seek immediate medical treatment after an accident.
Getting immediate medical attention is not only imperative to ensure a speedy recovery but it also documents your injuries and the chronology of your treatment to support our bicycle accident claim against the insurance company.
5. Call a dedicated law firm like MKP Law Group, LLP and don’t speak to any insurance company representatives
To begin your bicycle accident claim, call our law offices to speak with an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney.
Don’t speak with the insurance adjuster without first calling MKP.
The insurance adjuster will attempt to get you to make damaging statements or make you lowball settlement offers for far less than your bicycle accident claim is actually worth. This is especially important in cases involving serious head injuries or even wrongful death.
Regardless of the severity of your injury, it is important to get a case evaluation from experienced personal injury lawyers. At MKP Law, our case evaluations are 100% free.
Our Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys have a trusted record of success in handling bicycle accident claims and won’t hesitate to take your case to court if the insurance company does not offer the compensation you deserve. We always fight to get accident victims top-dollar while providing our clients with uncompromising legal representation.
California Bicycle Accident Law and Filing Bicycle Accident Injury Claims
In California, the rules for bicyclists are generally governed by California Vehicle Code Sec. 21201 which requires:
- functioning brakes
- Appropriately sized and positioned handlebars
- Reflectors on the pedals and rear of the bike
- A lamp or headlight on the front of the bike
- And more
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition provides an extensive list of resources bikers should use if they have any questions about bicycling in Los Angeles.
The Statute of Limitations governing Bicycle Accidents
When it comes to filing bicycle accident injury claims, what’s important to know is the statute of limitations varies according to who is being sued.
The statute of limitations is a deadline to file a lawsuit. This means lawsuits filed after the statute of limitations will be entirely dismissed and void for being untimely. Generally speaking, there are two statutes of limitations that apply to California bicycle accident cases:
Private Individuals: If you are filing a claim against private individuals (drivers, other cyclists, etc.) for a bicycle accident case, it must be filed within 2 years from the precise date the bicycle accident occurred. Note that if the private individual being sued dies (whether in the bicycle accident or otherwise) a lawsuit must be filed within 1 year of the incident.
Governmental Entities: Suing governmental entities like the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) or governmental workers will trigger a statute of limitations of only 6 months. That means your claim must be filed against the governmental entity within 6 months of the incident.
Minors in a Bicycle Accident: If the bicycle accident victim is a minor at the time of the incident, they can file a claim at any point up until the minor’s 18th birthday. After the minor turns 18 and reaches the age of adulthood, the standard 2-year statute of limitations applies.
Pure Comparative Fault in California and Bicycle Accident Injury Cases
California is what is known as a pure comparative fault state when determining who is responsible for paying a bicycle accident victim’s damages. Pure comparative fault is a way of attributing fault based on a party’s percentage of negligence and fault.
Under this system, accident victims can still recover damages even if they were primarily at-fault in causing a bicycle accident, but the damages they can recover is reduced by the percentage or extent to which they contributed to the accident.
For example, if a cyclist is 30% at-fault for causing an accident and motorist is 70% at-fault, the cyclist can still recover damages from the motorist. However, that recovery will be reduced by 30%.
What Kind of Injuries Can Be Caused by Bicycle Accidents?
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents often result in serious injuries and even death. This can be due to a multitude of reasons.
Sometimes the cyclist is not wearing a helmet and other protective gear, often leading to traumatic brain injuries and paralysis. When bicyclists collide with motor vehicles, their body absorbs the entire force of the impact. There are no seatbelts or airbags to prevent cyclists in the event of a collision. So, their injuries are often much more severe than if they were inside the vehicle.
Bicycle accidents and collisions can result in severe and life-threatening injuries such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Soft-tissue Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Road Rash
- Internal Bleeding
- Leg & Knee Injuries
Stats on Bicycle Accidents in Los Angeles, CA
Living in crowded Southern California cities like Los Angeles, San Diego and Irvine has forced many residents to commute by bike in order to avoid traffic and save on gas expenses. Unfortunately, this means that a majority of bicycle accidents occur in urban areas and almost every bicycle accident produces serious injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that 2108 was the deadliest year in 28 years with over 850 deaths. After a dip in fatalities from 2009-2010, death rates have steadily increased.
There are several reasons that have contributed to the rise in cyclist deaths including poor road conditions and distracted drivers, the latter increasing exponentially in recent years thanks to cell phone usage.
In 2019, 21 bicyclists were killed on Los Angeles city streets, an increase in total deaths by 18 from the previous year, and 110% increase in cyclist deaths from 2003. USNews.com.
Although L.A. has a total of 19.4 miles of dedicated bike lanes, many of these paths are disjointed and make it difficult for bike riders to have access to safe places to ride. For comparison: New York City has about 126 lane-miles of protected bike lanes.
Contact a Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyer at MKP Law Group, LLP Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle accident contact us today at 310-285-53533 so that we can start fighting to get you the compensation you deserve.
At MKP Law Group, LLP, we have personal injury attorneys that are highly experienced in handling bicycle injury accidents and have obtained large settlements on behalf of our clients.
We know how to deal with insurance companies so that you do not have to and, instead, can focus on getting better. Our priority is for you to get the best care on every level.
MKP Law Group, LLP’s team strives to make the process as easy and quick as possible for you. The team at MKP is experienced, attentive, dependable, and tenacious so call us today to schedule your 100% consultation. As always, if we don’t win your case you don’t owe us a dime.
We proudly service clients in the city of Los Angeles and other cities in Los Angeles County including Santa Monica, Westwood, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Pasadena, Glendale, and more. We also represent clients in Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County as well.
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