Bicycle Accident Victims Face Lifetimes of Recovery
Whereas the occupants of motor vehicles involved in crashes are afforded many different kinds of inherent protection, such as seatbelts or airbags, bicyclists have no such protection when they are struck by automobiles. Even with helmets, bicyclists are susceptible to extremely serious injuries in collisions with motor vehicles.
If you suffered catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a bicycle crash in California, you will not want to waste one second in retaining legal counsel. The Los Angeles Injury Group represents clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Call (310) 954-7248 to receive a free consultation.
Types of Injuries in California Bicycle Accidents
Even when they are fortunate enough to survive crashes, bicyclists still face many significant challenges in recovering from the injuries they suffered. In some cases, complete recovery may be impossible.
In most cases, bicycle accident victims will require extended hospital stays. These initial stays alone will frequently result in thousands of dollars in medical expenses.
Some victims require additional treatment and rehabilitation. Again, these aspects of recovery will also result in overwhelming medical bills.
On top of these newfound problems, many victims are unable to immediately return to their jobs. Some may be out of work for several weeks, months, or possibly even years.
Some of the most serious injuries bicycle accident victims suffer include, but are not limited to:
- Neck Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
Why Bicycle Accident Victims Should Avoid Speaking to Insurance Companies
In virtually all bicycle accident cases, victims are contacted soon after the crashes by insurance companies for the negligent drivers. You should avoid these conversations until you have legal representation.
Insurance company representatives will often seem genuinely concerned about your well-being and may also sound sincere in their willingness to help you out, but even seemingly innocent conversations are loaded with questions designed to elicit damaging answers from victims that can be used to reduce the value of their claims later on.
Keep in mind that an insurer has a goal of making sure it pays as little as possible to resolve your claim. In many bike crash cases, insurance companies will ultimately claim that the victims either contributed to or even were entirely at fault for their own injuries.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to negotiate with an insurance company on your behalf to attempt to achieve a fair and full settlement that accounts for all of your past, present, and future needs. If the insurer is unwilling to provide adequate compensation, then your lawyer can file a lawsuit.
Find a Bicycle Accident Attorney in California
Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a bicycle crash in California? You should avoid speaking to any insurance company until you have legal counsel.
The Los Angeles Injury Group helps bicycle accident victims in communities all over Southern California. You can have our lawyer review your case and discuss all of your legal options when you call (310) 954-7248 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.