Bicycling is a very popular mode of transportation and recreation in Orange County. While the car is certainly the most common, the bike still plays a major role in the lives of many in the area. Unfortunately, many accidents are associated with biking. It stands to reason that eventually, as a biker, you should know what bicycle accident claims are and how to proceed if you have been in a bike accident in Orange County.
Even though riding a bike is considered safe, accidents still happen causing serious injuries and unfortunately, in some cases, death. Those riding on bicycles statistically have a higher chance of getting killed or seriously injured when compared to passengers in cars or similar motor vehicles Statistics show that approximately 60 percent of bicycle collisions go unreported, resulting in victims not getting the accident claims they may be entitled to. Sometimes, the
bike accident victim is left injured and their bike seriously damaged. Often the accident victim cannot work and the bike is a complete loss, and needs to be completely replaced. In addition, there may be huge sums involved for medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Bike accident victims can file for claims against the person who is responsible for the accident. These insurance claims can help to pay for hospital bills, the damaged bicycle, and pay for the time lost from work while recovering from the injuries suffered in the cycling accident. You must be able to prove that the accident was not a result of your own actions, but the result of the other party’s negligence. Claims could be filed against pedestrians, car or truck drivers, or other cyclists. Any person who can be found to have caused the accident, whether by negligence or a failure to obey the laws of the road can be held responsible. Another cause of a serious bicycle can be caused if the bike has a production or design flaw. These types of problems can cause accidents even if the victim is a careful cyclist. This type of accident entitles the rider to compensation from the bike manufacturer. Road accidents may occur without the involvement of another person. These accidents often occur due to poor road conditions. When a road is improperly maintained or when its surfaces are uneven, a biker may fall off his bike and suffer serious injuries.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an Orange County bike accident and have suffered injuries or property damage, you need the services of a good personal injury lawyer. Jeff Dawson is a uniquely qualified personal injury lawyer. He has worked on the other side, as well – for the insurance firms, and knows how they think. The advantage of hiring Jeff is that he can give you the much needed peace of mind necessary in any bike accident claim. Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Dawson today at 949/861-2191 for your free consultation about your bicycle accident lawsuit.