An accident involving a motor vehicle can be especially dangerous when a cyclist or pedestrian is hit. A November crash in Orange County shows this as a 74-year-old man succumbed to his injuries at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo after being struck by a 2006 Honda Civic while cycling.
While the proper equipment can reduce the severity of some injuries, cyclists wearing helmets and other safety gear have little protection when a serious accident occurs. A collision with a vehicle can result in broken bones, internal bleeding, neck or back injuries and more.
If a car crash involves injuries, a cyclist or pedestrian will likely incur costly medical bills while trying to recover. If a wreck unfortunately results in death, a family will mourn the loss of a loved one while facing funeral expenses after losing one source of income. Fortunately, victims or their families have options when an accident occurs due to the negligence of someone else.
When pedestrians or cyclists are following the rules of the road but others are not, those who suffer injuries or the loss of a loved one can file a personal injury or wrongful death suit in civil court. This might allow one to receive compensation for the emotional and financial losses one experiences after an accident.
A Mission Viejo injury attorney can offer assistance when building a case and negotiating with insurance companies. Some cases go to trail while others are settled out of court, but having a knowledgeable attorney gives victims and their families the best chance of earning the restitution they deserve.
If you suffered injuries or a loved one was killed because of a car accident, contact us to learn about your options.