What Damages Can I Ask For?
Every bike accident attorney knows that there are many expenses that can fall into the category of recoverable damages. These include the obvious damage to your bike and bike accessories, but they also include the damages to any other personal effects that may have been damaged during the accident, such as your clothing, electronics, and any other items you may have had with you at the time of the accident. Additionally, your medical bills and other costs associated with treating your injuries (transportation, over-the-counter treatments, etc.) can almost always be recovered by an experienced Orange County bicycle crash attorney. Income lost due to the accident (missed work directly during/after the accident or inability to work for an extended time) can also be included in the damages category.
We are particularly adamant about making sure you are properly compensated for any psychological damage, scarring, or lasting injuries that may affect your future enjoyment of life. Not every OC bicycle injury lawyer will persist in pushing for the maximum compensation that you may be eligible to receive for these issues, though. Be sure that you select a representative who truly cares for you and wants to ensure that you get the highest award possible. Silverthorne Attorneys will never take the quick, easy way out if it means getting less than you deserve.
Always Contact the Proper Authorities
You should always contact your local police, emergency assistance, or other necessary authorities immediately after your accident. The assistance and documentation that these agencies can provide may be invaluable to your bike crash attorney. Even if the accident was relatively minor, it can be very important to have documentation in order to get reimbursement from the driver’s insurance policy. You should never let a guilty driver convince you to not seek out assistance. No matter how sorry, desperate, or angry they seem, an Orange County bicycle crash lawyer will always advise you to report the accident immediately. Never let yourself be intimidated into not reporting a crime.
Sadly, you simply cannot trust that the guilty party will deal fairly with you if you do not report the accident and get the event thoroughly documented. It is all too common for an OC bike accident attorney to hear about cases where the driver promised to pay for damages in exchange for not reporting an accident but instead did everything they could to escape responsibility for the accident. If you didn’t report your accident, Silverthorne Attorneys may still be able to help you with your case, but it is strongly advised that you never refrain from reporting accidents to the proper authorities.
Who Compensates Me for My Damages?
The most common entity from which an Orange County bicycle injury attorney will seek compensation is an insurance company. In the case of a bicycle accident caused by a motor vehicle driver, it will be the driver’s auto insurance who will most likely cover the costs of your accident. While these big companies can certainly afford to fully compensate you for your accident, they will often try to pay as little possible. In fact, any experienced bike accident lawyer knows that there will often be an entire team working for the insurance company with the sole purpose of minimizing the amount paid out for accidents.
In order to get the amount of money you need for your recovery, it may be necessary to deal with the insurance company quite rigorously. Be sure that your chosen Orange County bicycle injury lawyer is ready for the fight that may be necessary to ensure all of your damages get paid. Silverthorne Attorneys deeply cares about you and the outcome you need to recover from your accident. We promise that we will always dedicate ourselves completely to your case and your needs. Every bike injury lawyer working for us will do everything it takes to pursue justice for you.
Don’t Destroy Evidence of the Accident and Your Damages
One mistake sometimes seen by almost any bike crash lawyer is rushing to repair and replace items damaged in the accident. You should never repair or discard your ruined items, however, until you have been able to prove your damages and receive compensation. While we know that it can be hard to put off fixing your damaged items (especially your bike if that is your main mode of transit), repairing or discarding your damaged personal belongings should be avoided. Items that you should avoid tampering with include your bike, clothing, and other personal items that were with you at the time of the incident. Do not wash or mend clothing that was dirtied or damaged during the accident, as a skilled Orange County bike accident attorney may be able to use your clothing as evidence of the severity of the accident. If you have access to a camera, taking photographs of your damaged items may also be useful.
Staying Safe While Biking
There are many things that a wise bike injury attorney can suggest to help keep you safe while biking. Some of the important things to keep in mind include:
Make sure that you and your family wear helmets; brain injuries that cause extreme loss of quality of life are often avoidable by using this simple piece of safety equipment.
Use lights, reflectors, and color choices that help you and your bike to stand out; don’t go out in conditions of poor visibility wearing dark colors and lacking proper lighting, as this will undoubtedly cause drivers to be unable to see you and lead to a potential accident.
Always be aware of your surroundings when biking; be sure that you aren’t becoming too engrossed in your thoughts, music, or other distractions that take your mind off the road.
Try to always establish eye contact with drivers before crossing their path at intersections, driveways, or other such dangerous crossings; this is the only way to be positive that a driver has really seen you and won’t run into you.
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Bicycle Accidents in Orange County
Along the Orange County coastline, you will increasingly see bicycle riders everywhere. Many individuals in California with a short commute choose a bicycle as their means of transportation to avoid traffic. In many cities their popularity is so great that special bike lanes set aside part of the roadway exclusively for cyclists.
Cycling becomes very dangerous when bike riders share the road with cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Even with bike lanes and right of way laws, many motor vehicle drivers are careless and even reckless around bicycles. Since bicycles are fast, fragile and inconspicuous by comparison with motor vehicles, some drivers have a hard time noticing them. Every year, many cyclists are involved in serious crashes with vehicles as a result.
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Silverthorne Attorneys notes that any could potentially result in serious injuries; damage that could affect a person for the rest of their life. Similar to motorcycle accidents, bicycle accident victims have very little to protect them during a crash. After impacting with a vehicle, there really isn’t much guarding a cyclist from the possible crushing force of other vehicles, pavement, curbs, trees, and mailboxes. People who are involved in bicycle accidents tend to suffer from broken bones, head trauma, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, crushed limbs, and road rash. Serious injuries can entail costly medical procedures, therapy, and perhaps even long-term care from a medical professional. Permanent disability and even death may result from a minor collision. A bicycle crash lawyer from Silverthorne Attorneys will take control of your case and situation to make sure you receive the medical attention needed and fair compensation to pay for expenses resulting from your bicycle accident injuries.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
In 2009 the average age of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles was 41 years, up from 32 years in 1998, and 24 in 1988.
87 percent of those killed were male.
64 percent of those killed were between the ages of 25 and 64.
13 percent of those killed in 2008 were under the age of 16, down from 30 percent of those killed in 1998.
The average age of bicyclists injured in crashes with motor vehicles was 31 years, up from 24 years in 1998.
80 percent of those injured were male.
51 percent of those injured were between the ages of 25 and 64.
20 percent of those injured were under the age of 16.
Every year in the United States, half a million bicyclists are treated for injuries resulting from bicycle accidents. Silverthorne Attorneys notes that many of these accidents result from negligent vehicle drivers, and at Silverthorne Attorneys, we make it our goal to hold these negligent drivers responsible for their actions. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident and believe another person to be responsible, you should immediately consult with a bike crash lawyer at our firm.
We Help with Bicycle Rider Victims in the Many Orange County Cities.
Silverthorne Attorneys is a law firm representing casualties resulting from bicycle accidents, in addition to their family and friends, with a high rate of successful verdicts in our advocacy of all types of catastrophic losses in Orange County, as well as the other bicycling towns and communities throughout California.
Experienced lawyers can help you find coverage from all potential sources of compensation, including insurance, and they can even provide hidden asset tracing through private investigation.
Benefits of Working with Caring, Experienced Bicycle Injury Lawyers
Most people don’t realize that bicyclists endure an astonishing percentage of deaths and permanent injuries resulting from motor vehicle incidents, such as passenger cars running over the riders, etc. Of course, this figure also includes big trucks and other large vehicles. The NHSTA verifies that, in many of the cases, the bicycle rider is not the person responsible for the wreck. In fact, just the opposite is true. In 2011, the NHTSA reported that of the 677 deaths and 48,000 bicycle rider injuries on roadways in the U.S., the motor vehicles were at fault more often than not.
Silverthorne Attorneys understands that bicyclists are even targeted by road rage drivers or simply ignored and run off the road, ending up in the gutter with serious wounds. It got so bad in the Inland Empire, that there is now a law on the books that lets riders use the sidewalk in some Inland Empire metro areas. The fact is, people don’t look out for bikers and this is a threat to life and limb that does not get enough attention in the news. In fact, bicycle operators have the same rights, duties and obligations as any other operator of a motorized conveyance, except where as provided by law (bike lanes, sidewalk riding ordinances, etc.)
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Some Examples of How Rider Injuries Happen
Children are more likely to die from bicycle crashes at non-intersection locations (66 percent), during the months of May to August (55 percent), and between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (39 percent).
Nearly 60 percent of all childhood bicycle-related deaths occur on minor roads. The typical bicycle/motor vehicle crash occurs within one mile of the bicyclist’s home.
Children ages 4 and under are more likely to be injured in non-street locations around the home (driveway, garage, yard) than are children ages 5 to 14.
Among children ages 14 and under, more than 80 percent of bicycle-related fatalities are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior including: riding into a street without stopping; turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind; running a stop sign; and riding against the flow of traffic.
Injuries related to the use of bicycle-mounted child seats typically occur when the bicycle crashes or tips over and when the child falls out of the seat. Falls account for 80 percent of these injuries.
Most cycling accidents happen in urban areas where most cycling takes place. Almost two thirds of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions at, or near, a road junction, with T junctions being the most commonly involved. Roundabouts are particularly dangerous junctions for cyclists. Not surprisingly, the severity of injuries suffered by cyclists increases with the speed limit, meaning that riders are more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries on higher speed roads. Almost half of cyclist deaths occur on rural roads.
If you were seeking just any bicycle accident law firm and came across this site, you lucked out. Silverthorne Attorneys is headed by an experienced bike rider with years of technical and legal expertise in taking on insurance companies as a champion of consumer rights in Orange County, California. We are aggressive, trusted professionals when you hire us. If you were hurt, have gravel stuck in your elbows and knees, a split lip or skull, even though you were wearing your helmet, you cannot delay in retaining a seasoned adviser.
We are experts on negligence per se, and we know the local municipal codes, as well as the bicycle sections of the California Vehicle Code and how to use them to get leverage over your legal adversaries. Typically, these types of accidents involve broken teeth and smashed skulls, and you can’t mess around. You need a highly assertive, respectful and honest representative pursuing economic recovery for your cause, both in and out of court. We aggressively pursue compensation for your shocking incident. After all, it was caused by no fault of yours.
If our attorneys take your claim on, it is our mission to leave no stone unturned. Accordingly, it is our policy, as needed, to seek out non-retained medical experts; get you a work-up on your future, past and present pain and suffering; get a bio mechanic or accident re-constructionist; and get even a life care planner. This is one of the ways we act to mitigate your losses and to pin the legal liability on the answerable opponent, so you get you paid the greatest amount allowable under the law for your serious injuries.
We make sure nothing about your case is forgotten, and we have professional investigators, or you, get us statements from first party witnesses and lock in their statements and recollections. Of course, since we are local, we already know the streets and will go to the traffic collision locations and see it for ourselves. This way, we can put ourselves in your shoes and give you the assurance that you have an empathetic, compassionate bike injury attorney in your corner.
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