Riding a bike should be safe in neighborhoods around Los Angeles like Sherman Oaks. Kids like to ride on the streets, sidewalks, trails and parks, and more and more adults are locking up their cars and heading to work on their bicycle.
However, there are still cars on the roads and accidents are bound to happen. When they do, you need to talk to an attorney at Steers & Associates in a free consultation. We are passionate about helping cyclists injured by the carelessness and negligence of drivers, and about getting injured cyclists the compensation they deserve.
Automobile-Bicycle Crash Injuries
Cyclists have a low profile and are often unseen by motorists. This is a significant factor in the majority of bicycle and motor vehicle accidents. A passenger car weighs an average of 3,500 lbs., and even a small bump with a bicycle can send the rider to the pavement.
When a cyclist gets injured, it can turn their life upside down. Medical bills keep piling up, and with all the missed time from work, paying the bills gets tougher by the day. At Steers & Associates, we understand what you are going through and can help you deal with the insurance company and get you the compensation that you deserve under the law.
In just about every bicycle accident, the rider is hit by the motor vehicle and suffers a second impact from hitting the pavement. The type of injury that the cyclist has endured needs to be taken into account for each case. At Steers & Associates, we are experienced in all types of injury types that are common to bicycle accidents:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Severe Road Rash
- Broken Wrists
- Fractured/Displaced Ribs:
- Shattered Elbow/Knees
- Facial Bone Fractures
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Severe Road Rash
Types of Accidents
Injuries come from all types of accidents, and each one presents unique challenges to the victim. At Steers & Associates, we know that the type of accident will have an impact on the injuries and recovery of the victim. Some of the injuries common to Sherman Oaks bicycle accidents are:
- Dooring Accidents
- Right Hook Crashes
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Fatalities/Wrongful Death
- Uber/Lyft Accidents
- No Helmet Injuries
- Road Rage
- Uninsured/Underinsured Issues
School Zones Parks and Neighborhood Crashes
Children ride their bikes on their neighborhood streets because they feel safe. When a car enters a neighborhood or anywhere where children commonly ride bikes, they owe a duty of care to these kids that goes beyond just obeying the traffic rules and rights-of-way.
Motor vehicle drivers have a duty of care to watch out for kids on bicycles. The law requires them to take notice of where they are driving. If they are driving in an area where kids are likely to be, then they must slow down and drive with due care.
At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we value the safety of the children in our community. When a child is injured, we will leave no stone unturned pursuing justice.
Sherman Oaks is documented to have some of the roughest potholes in the region with cyclists complaining about the “concealed trap for cyclists.” At the Law Offices of Steers & Associates, we feel strongly that a cyclist should be able to ride on the city streets without hidden hazards that could cause a severe injury and turn the life of the cyclist upside down.
Compensation for Bicycle Injuries
Ultimately, the law requires that the at-fault person pay for all injuries and financial losses that come from their negligent acts. These are called damages, and they need to be properly pleaded when making a personal injury claim.
Some of the damages that are common to a bicycle accident are:
- Medical Bills
- Travel Costs to Doctors/Rehab
- Lost Wages
- Future Loss of Income
- Loss of Quality of Life
- Permanent Disability
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish/PTSD
- Loss of Consortium
Contact a Sherman Oaks Bicycle Accident Attorney
The best thing to do when injured in a bicycle-motor vehicle accident is to talk to an attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised by an impartial legal professional. If you decide to get representation, choose an attorney who is experienced and understands your case, the community, and the law.
Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at (818) 851-1911 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with a wide range of bicycle and motor vehicle accidents. Call us now to even the playing field against the big insurance companies so that you can get the fair compensation you deserve.