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Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyer

When a driver strikes a bicyclist, the latter always loses. A bicycle cannot withstand the forces a larger and more powerful vehicle exerts upon it in a collision. The bicyclist, therefore, can suffer catastrophic and fatal personal injuries while the driver of the motor vehicle often escapes unscathed.

At the law firm of Rose, Klein & Marias, we care about holding at-fault drivers accountable for serious bike accidents in Los Angeles. We work for injured bicyclists and pedestrians throughout Southern California, protecting their rights and advocating for fair compensation during settlement meetings and bicycle accident injury trials. If you or someone you love was recently in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, contact a qualified Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer at our firm for assistance. Initial consultations are free at our local law office.

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Why Hire Rose, Klein & Marias LLP for Your Bicycle Accident Claim?

  • We have been committed to obtaining maximum compensation for clients in personal injury cases for more than 80 years.
  • We offer dozens of experienced attorneys at 10 law offices throughout Southern California for your convenience.
  • We have devoted our careers specifically to personal injury and workers’ compensation law, giving us a depth of knowledge in these practice areas.
  • We want to make legal representation accessible to all injured parties in LA; we offer our services on a contingency fee basis.

How Can a Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorney Help?

Our plaintiff’s attorneys assist injured parties with their insurance claims and/or personal injury lawsuits after life-changing accidents, including bicycle collisions. If you recently suffered serious and painful injuries, expensive property damage, or the loss of a loved one in a bike accident, you could use a lawyer’s assistance during your claim. Otherwise, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may try to take advantage of you or convince you to settle for an unfair amount. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have the power to protect you during insurance negotiations and demand fair compensation for your losses.

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Time Limits to File a Bike Accident Claim in Los Angeles

All states have statutes of limitations on personal injury cases. These are laws that place deadlines on a victim’s ability to take legal action. If you wish to file a bicycle accident claim in Los Angeles, your ability to do so is governed by California’s statute of limitations. 

Although the specific time limit may vary based on the factors of the case, the general time limits are: 

  • Bicycle accident injury claim: two years from the date of the accident.
  • Delayed injuries: two years from the date that they reasonably should have been discovered.
  • Property damage only: three years from the date of the accident.
  • Injured minor (under the age of 18): two years from his or her 18th birthday.
  • Claim against the government: six months.
  • Wrongful death: two years from the date of death.

Most plaintiffs in Los Angeles have two years from the date of a bicycle accident to file a related personal injury claim. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible, however, while key evidence to support your case is still available.

Types of Compensation Available to Bicycle Accident Victims

A bicycle accident could entitle a victim to financial compensation for various economic and noneconomic damages. This means both the financial losses associated with the accident as well as the intangible ways the victim’s life has been impacted could be covered.

Common types of compensation available to bicycle accident victims in Los Angeles include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost capacity to earn a living
  • Disability costs
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Funeral and burial costs, in a case of wrongful death
  • Punitive damages, in rare cases

An attorney at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP can review your case to help you understand and acknowledge your compensable losses. Then, we can fight for maximum financial compensation on your behalf using proven legal strategies against insurance companies. Our lawyers will prepare your case as if it will go to trial to improve the odds of achieving a positive outcome.

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident

It is important to take the right steps and actions in the aftermath of a bicycle accident, even if you feel confused or overwhelmed. An insurance company will check to see if you took certain steps when determining your eligibility for benefits.

If you can, here is what you should do:

  1. Move to a safe location to assess yourself and others involved in the bicycle accident for injuries. If needed, seek medical attention immediately.
  2. Contact the police or emergency services to report the bicycle accident. Write down your police report number.
  3. Obtain the information of the driver who hit you, as well as any passengers or witnesses. Do not admit fault or apologize for the accident.
  4. Preserve evidence by taking photographs before you leave the scene of the bike accident. Afterward, obtain copies of your medical records and the police report.
  5. Contact your own insurance company to inform them of the accident. Then, call the driver’s car insurance provider to file a claim.

Before you accept a settlement from an insurance company, consult with an attorney at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP about your case. We can explain your legal rights for free and help you make informed decisions throughout the recovery process.

A Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyer Will Identify Any Potential Liable Parties

Accountability is key in a bicycle accident lawsuit in Los Angeles. The party that caused your accident and injuries will be financially responsible for your losses. Holding the correct party accountable may take an investigation of your collision from a skilled Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer.

The driver will be legally responsible in most cases, but other factors could have also contributed to your wreck, such as a pothole or a bicycle defect. If a road hazard causes your bike accident in Los Angeles, the city government may be held liable for improper road maintenance. If a bicycle defect injures you, the manufacturing company can be held accountable.

Proving Negligence in Bicycle Accident Cases

Once your attorney identifies the correct defendant(s), he or she could help you prove fault. The essential element of proof in a personal injury claim in California is negligence. Your lawyer must prove through a preponderance of evidence that the at-fault party was negligent and that this is what caused your injuries. Proving negligence may take gathering evidence from the scene of the bicycle accident, interviewing witnesses, and hiring bike accident reconstructionists. Our law firm has the resources to help you build the strongest possible case against one or more defendants in LA.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

Bicycle accidents are typically preventable. They arise when one or more parties fail to adhere to traffic laws or otherwise act negligently. In Los Angeles, California, negligence, unfortunately, happens often on the road – enough to cause thousands of serious injuries and deaths each year. In 2021 alone, 543 bicyclists suffered injuries and died in traffic accidents in the City of Los Angeles. Twenty-four (24) of these victims were 14 years old or younger. Throughout LA County, the total number of fatal and injury bike accidents in 2021 was 1,780. It is every road user’s responsibility to try to prevent bicycle accidents through due care and attention.

Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

A bike accident often results in very severe, catastrophic injury and can range from a traumatic brain injury to spinal cord injury and everything in between. With hardly any protection for the bicycle rider, an impact with another motorist and/or pavement can cause a wide range of injuries. Bike riders are also much more likely to suffer catastrophic injury. The Los Angeles bike accident lawyers at the law firm of Rose, Klein & Marias LLP accept clients with all types of severe injury:

Catastrophic and permanent injuries are common in serious cyclist accidents. Bicycle crash survivors often live with the repercussions of their accidents for the rest of their lives. Common long-term injuries include brain injury or head injury, physical scars, and paralysis. Bike riders may also suffer emotionally and psychologically from the trauma of a bike crash. Working with a local bicycle accident attorney in Los Angeles can help you fight for maximum compensation for your bicycle accident case, including tangible and intangible damages like medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.

Free Consultation With a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles

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If you wish to protect your rights while going up against drivers and other at-fault parties after a serious bicycle accident, retain a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney from Rose, Klein & Marias LLP. We can help you deal with common issues during insurance claims, such as the driver disputing fault or the insurer undervaluing your losses. We can fight for maximum compensation using our knowledge, experiences, and resources. Contact our Los Angeles law office today at (800) 362-7427 or through our online form.