Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Cameron Park, Auburn & Roseville
Cameron Park Bicycle Accident Law Firm
Bicycling for transportation is healthy, economical, and friendly to the environment, but it can also be dangerous for bicyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 48,000 bicyclists were injured and 743 were killed in traffic accidents in 2013. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), bicyclists account for approximately two percent of all traffic fatalities every year.
Elk Grove and Roseville Bicycle Accident Attorneys
If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle collision in Cameron Park, Auburn, Roseville, Sacramento, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Placerville or Rancho Cordova, contact our firm for a no obligation telephone case evaluation free of charge. It is important to speak with an experienced California bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
At Cunningham Law Group, A.P.C., we have been representing accident victims for more than 42 years. Our managing attorney, Jim Cunningham, has supervised thousands of personal injury cases. Our attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and experience to provide quality, vigorous and effective representation in bicycle crash cases. Our goals on your behalf include:
- Quality representation.
- Quick resolution, with an eye toward maximizing the award.
- Vigorous, effective representation where litigation is involved.
- Courteous attorneys who keep clients informed.
Types of Bike Accidents
Bicycle-motor vehicle traffic accidents happen in various ways. Many such accidents are caused by negligent drivers who fail to exercise reasonable care and cause injury to bicyclists. Alcohol or drug-impaired driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, and aggressive driving can lead to serious accidents leaving riders seriously or fatally injured. The following are some common types of bike accidents:
- Left cross: When a motor vehicle and a bicycle are approaching an intersection from different directions, the driver turns left, failing to yield the right-of-way and hitting the bicycle. Drivers often fail to see bicycles in the roadway or misjudge the speed at which they are travelling.
- Door crash: A motorist may open the door of a parked vehicle while a bicycle is approaching, causing the bicyclist to crash into the car door.
- Right hook: This type of accident can occur in several different ways. When a bicycle passes an automobile on the right, the driver turns right, hitting the bicycle. When a bicycle and a motor vehicle are waiting at a traffic light, the vehicle turns right when the light changes, hitting or cutting off the bicycle. When a bike and a car are approaching an intersection, the car passes the bicycle and turns right, cutting the bicycle off.
- Overtaking: A motorist hits a bicycle while overtaking it.
- Rear-end collision: A motor vehicle crashes into the back of a bicycle.
Injuries from Bike Accidents
Although bicycling accounts for only one percent of all trips taken in the U.S., bicyclists face a higher risk of injury or death in a traffic crash than motor vehicle occupants, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to IIHS, the most serious crash injuries sustained by bicyclists are head and brain injuries. Neck and facial injuries are also common. IIHS reports that proper helmet use has been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by 50 percent and the risk of head, neck, or facial injury by 33 percent.
The American Family Physician reports that the following parts of the body are most frequently injured in bicycle accidents:
- Upper extremities
- Lower extremities
- Abdomen or thorax
Injuries may involve abrasions, contusions, lacerations, strains, fractures and dislocations. According to this publication, head injuries are responsible for more than 60 percent of fatalities and most long-term disabilities resulting from bicycle accidents.
Get Help From Our Firm
Contact us today for a free telephone case evaluation of your bike accident, with absolutely no obligation. We represent injury victimes in Auburn, Roseville, Cameron Park, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Placerville, El Dorado Hills and Elk Grove. When you retain our firm, you pay us no fees up front. We work on a contingency fee basis and do not get paid until we recover compensation for you.