Offices in Monterey & Santa Cruz, CA
Bicycles are becoming ever more popular in California, and with good reason. Beyond being a great tool for exercise, biking is both cost effective and environmentally responsible. Even better, the Monterey Bay region is a great place for bicycling, as it offers bicyclists unparalleled beauty, a temperate climate, and terrain suitable for all ages and ability levels.
Unfortunately, traffic does not always cooperate. Biking comes with risks. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) reports that bike accidents result in nearly 420,000 emergency room visits each year, with motor vehicles causing the largest share of very serious bike accident injuries. According to data provided by the federal government, 141 cyclists were killed in traffic accidents in California in the year 2013 alone.
Alt the Allen Law Firm, our Monterey and Santa Cruz bicycle accident lawyers are committed to protecting the legal rights and financial interests of injured victims. If you or a loved one was injured in a bike collision, we can help. Please contact our legal team today for a free review of your case.
Motor Vehicles are a Serious Threat to Bicyclists
In California, bikes have every right to use the roadway. Sadly, many drivers simply fail to understand that simple fact; they drive aggressively and carelessly, putting riders at serious risk. As most bicyclists know all too well, far too many drivers simply fail to pay adequate attention to their surroundings. Some common examples of driver negligence include:
- Changing lanes without checking blind spots;
- Making right turns without checking their shoulder;
- Opening car door directly in a bike path;
- Pulling out without looking in all direction; and
- Carelessly ‘buzzing’ bicyclists.
Injured Bicyclists Deserve Full and Fair Compensation
If your bike accident was caused by a negligent driver, you are entitled to financial compensation for the full value of your damages. Sadly, auto insurance companies often try to get out of paying full value for bicycle accident claims. The insurance company may try to undervalue your damages and it may even try to blame you for your own accident. At the Allen Law Firm, our Monterey and Santa Cruz bike accident lawyers are familiar with all of tricks and strategies used by the big insurance companies. We are prepared to hold them accountable. Depending on the specific circumstances of your California bike accident claim, you may be entitled to financial relief for:
- Replacement of your bike;
- Emergency medical expenses;
- All other medical bills;
- Physical therapy;
- Long-term disability;
- Lost income, including diminished earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Disfigurement or loss of limb; and
- Wrongful death.
Contact Our California Bike Accident Attorneys
At the Allen Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have deep experience representing bicycle accident victims. If you or a family member was severely injured in a bike crash, please do not hesitate to contact our office today for a free case evaluation. From our offices in Monterey and Santa Cruz, we represent victims throughout the Central Coast region.