106 cyclists were killed in Los Angeles County from 2016 to 2018, compared to 74 from 2006 to 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Bicycling.com called Los Angeles the worst bike city in America in 2018.
Los Angeles is known for the massive number of cars packed into its streets like sardines. Accidents and injuries are bound to occur when you have cyclists attempting to navigate the dynamic obstacle courses known as the streets of Los Angeles. Thankfully, we’re here to help you obtain financial compensation for your medical bills, injuries, lost wages and more if you or a loved one was hurt in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles.
Insurance adjusters won’t offer you as much money as you deserve for your injuries if you don’t have a lawyer, and talking to adjusters is dangerous, as you can accidentally admit your own fault for an accident while doing so. In fact, adjusters are specifically trained to trick you into doing this. It is important that you retain the services of experienced bicycle accident lawyers like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen if you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident.
We’ve been representing injured Los Angeles cyclists for three decades, and in that time we’ve developed relationships with all of the best doctors in Los Angeles. These doctors have agreed that when we send you to them, they won’t charge you until your case is over.
We also won’t charge you for our services until your case is over, and we won’t charge you at all if we don’t obtain a recovery.
Call us now at (310) 826-8082 for a free consultation if you or a loved one was hurt in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles. You might be able to obtain financial compensation. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, complete the case evaluation form on the right or talk with a live chat representative.
How We Can Obtain Financial Compensation For You
The pathway to your financial recovery is made clear by California Civil Code Section 1714 (a), which states that anyone whose negligence causes someone to get injured is liable for any damages caused by the injury.
California juries are given instructions defining negligence as the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm. The instructions tell the jury to decide how a reasonably careful person would have acted in the same situation as a plaintiff or defendant. The instructions state that acting and not acting can both be negligent, that not doing what a reasonably careful person would do is negligent and that doing what a reasonably careful person wouldn’t do is negligent.
California juries are given instructions that it must be proven that a defendant was negligent, a plaintiff was hurt and the defendant’s negligence substantially caused the plaintiff to be hurt in order to establish a negligence claim.
Our many decades of experience handling bicycle claims mean we know every trick in the book regarding proving someone else’s negligence in a bicycle claim. We’ve also developed an extensive network of the finest experts in Los Angeles in our decades of work. Our bicycle accident cases almost always settle out of court because insurance companies know that, between our experience and that of our experts, it’s a waste of time to go to court against us.
Los Angeles Bicycle Laws
County of Los Angeles Code §15.76.080 states that it is illegal to ride on a sidewalk in Los Angeles County except at driveways or locations where commissioner-approved signs permit it.
CVC 21212 states that cyclists and bicycle passengers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.
CVC 21200 gives cyclists all the rights and responsibilities of drivers of vehicles.
CVC 21200.5 makes it illegal to ride a bicycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
CVC 21203 makes it illegal for cyclists to attach themselves to vehicles on the roadway.
CVC 21650 states that cyclists must ride on the right side of the road in the direction of traffic.
CVC 21960 states that cyclists may not ride on the freeway where prohibited.
CVC 27400 states that cyclists may not plug both ears with earplugs or headphones.
You Can Still File A Bicycle Accident Lawsuit If You Broke A Law
You can still file a bicycle accident lawsuit and obtain financial compensation if you were injured in a bicycle accident and you broke a law while riding your bike. California juries are given instructions that tell them to determine each party’s percentage of fault in an accident and adjust their damages accordingly.
For example, you’re riding your bicycle on the sidewalk when a car suddenly begins exiting a driveway in front of you, its driver having failed to look in your direction before accelerating. You slam into the side of the car and are flung clear over the car, injuring yourself badly.
A jury, in this case, might decide you were 20 percent at fault for riding your bicycle on the sidewalk illegally, and that the driver of the car was 80 percent at fault for failing to look in your direction before accelerating. Your damages would be reduced by 20 percent in this case, but you would still obtain significant financial compensation for your injuries. This means you should still call an experienced bicycle accident lawyer if you were injured in a bicycle accident, even if you broke the law or think the accident was at least partly your fault.
Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawsuits
Our seasoned, aggressive bicycle accident attorneys have recovered over $350,000,000 on behalf of clients and operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only charge a percentage of your recovery as our fee, and we only charge a fee if we obtain a recovery for you.
Call us now at (310) 826-8082 if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a bicycle accident. You may be eligible for a financial recovery.