Experienced Representation For Injured Cyclists
Bicycling has become more popular in recent years as a way of traveling to work, getting exercise and enjoying the fresh air. Unfortunately, both experienced cyclists and new riders alike face a number of hazards on the roadway.
At Law Offices of Eric Hershler, APC, we understand the challenges that bicyclists as well as riders of e-bikes and scooters may face after an accident. We also know how vital compensation can be for injured cyclists as they recover. With more than $100 million recovered for injured people in California, we are dedicated to helping our clients pursue fair compensation.
What Can Cause Bicycle Accidents?
Bicyclists are vulnerable to a variety of factors on the road. Some of the many hazards that contribute to bicycle accidents include:
- Distracted, drunk or negligent drivers – Speeding, driving under the influence, focusing on something other than the road and other irresponsible behavior behind the wheel can all contribute to accidents.
- Drivers who fail to obey traffic signals and signs – Failure to yield or failure to stop fully at a red light or stop sign can easily lead to collisions with bicycles.
- Unsafe road conditions – Poorly maintained roads with loose gravel, uneven pavement or cracks in the road can all make it difficult for cyclists to control their bicycle.
- Limited visibility – Cyclists are much smaller than other vehicles on California roadways, and unobservant drivers may not see them even in the best conditions. Rain, fog and darkness can all limit visibility even more.
A collision that results from any of these factors can be devastating for cyclists. They may experience broken bones, brain injuries, neck and spinal injuries, organ damage and other serious injuries. Cyclists may even experience long-term disability as a result of a crash. This can cause significant pain and leave them with the need for costly medical care.
What If A Driver Blames The Cyclist For A Crash?
If a car crashes into a bicyclist, drivers may also create more challenges for injured cyclists by assigning them fault in a traffic collision report. Thankfully, an experienced attorney can help injured cyclists push back against this blame by highlighting the facts and making their voices heard.