Bicycles are a valuable form of transportation for many who live in urban settings. In Fresno, the many bike paths and trails allow cyclists to travel the city with ease. Because bicycles often share the road with other vehicles, they are at risk of collisions and other traffic-related accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

With the help of a Fresno personal injury attorney from OnderLaw , you can rest assured that your case is in good hands. Since 2002, we’ve been protecting the rights of clients in many personal injury claims, reaching favorable settlements, and receiving awards for getting them the compensation they deserve. We’re passionate about pursuing justice for every case we take on.

If you are ready to seek compensation for your bicycle accident claim, give us a call today. We’ll schedule a confidential consultation for you so that you can begin pursuing the compensation you deserve today.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Navigating local and federal laws surrounding bicycle accidents can be tricky. If a commercial vehicle is involved, there are even more regulations that may be applicable. Luckily, our personal injury lawyers are familiar with this legislation. For over 19 years, we’ve been successfully handling similar cases, reaching favorable outcomes for our clients.

With OnderLaw , you’ll have access to our wide-reaching network of connections, years of successful experience, and tried-and-true legal strategies. We’ve been gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and building cases with excellence since our firm began and are committed to bringing the same excellence to your motorcycle accident case.

You can count on us to protect your rights. We won’t let the insurance companies boss you around or try to intimidate you into accepting a settlement that is less than you deserve. We’ve been in this industry for a long time, and we know their tactics and the best ways to counter them.

We are committed to handling all communication on each client’s behalf. Whether it’s dealing with the insurance companies or other involved parties, we will manage all communications. We do this so that you don’t have to risk accidental admission of guilt and so that you can focus on your health and family as you pursue compensation.

Why Choose OnderLaw ?

Since 2002, OnderLaw has been receiving praise for the legal counsel we provide and the results we obtain. We’ve received a Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer and Client Review Ratings and have been invited into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, of which only 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. The hard work we devote to each case we take on has contributed to the quality that has come to be expected of OnderLaw attorneys.

One of our top personal injury attorneys, Matt O’Grady, has been fighting for justice since graduating from the Washington University School of Law in 1998. For the last 23 years, O’Grady has reached millions of dollars in settlements and awards. In 2015, O’Grady was recognized by the Missouri Lawyers’ Awards for his work in personal injury law. He’s been nominated to Super Lawyers three times and is a member of both the Missouri and Illinois bars. His attention to detail and hard work have made him a valuable member of the OnderLaw team.

Breanna L. Hunt, another of our top personal injury attorneys, has been dedicated to the pursuit of justice for the length of her career in law. Having graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Law, Hunt has taken on many cases, completing over 350 hours of pro bono work and serving as a national liaison for the Federal Bar Association. Hunt’s devotion to each client’s case has served her clients well in her time at OnderLaw .

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

A variety of factors may contribute to a bicycle accident. While cyclists can mitigate risk by wearing helmets and avoiding busy areas, there are many things that may cause a bicycle accident, including:

  • Drunk drivers
  • Drugged drivers
  • Distracted drivers
  • Mechanical malfunction
  • Aggressive driving
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Roadside construction

Types of Bicycle Accidents

No two bicycle accidents look quite the same. There are several types of accidents that bicyclists can be involved in, ranging in levels of severity. You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve been involved in any one of the following types of bicycle accidents:

  • Turning accidents
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Dooring accidents
  • Single-vehicle accidents
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Sideswipe accidents

Common Injuries Suffered in Bicycle Accidents

As you might expect, depending on the circumstances of a bicycle accident, there is a wide range of injuries that those involved might sustain. These injuries may require medical attention, and you might be entitled to compensation if you sustained one or more of the following injuries from a bicycle accident:

  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis
  • Contusions
  • Lacerations
  • Facial fractures
  • Burns
  • Spinal damage
  • Dislocations
  • Amputations
  • Dental fractures

Compensation for a Bicycle Accident Claim

Since all bicycle accidents are unique, there is no easy answer to the question of how much compensation you may be entitled to. Your OnderLaw lawyer will help you assess the value of your claim. The more severe your injuries, the larger the value of your claim is likely to be. You may be entitled to money for the losses, or damages, you incurred as a result of your collision. Victims of bicycle accidents may seek reimbursement from these types of damages:

  • Economic damages are easy to quantify and are measured in financial terms. The cost of repairs to damaged property, medical expenses, and lost income are a few examples of economic damages. To make sure you have captured all the money you’re entitled to recover, keep copies of all medical records and receipts, pay stubs, and receipts from repairs of your property that was damaged in the crash.
  • Noneconomic damages refer to the intangible losses associated with the accident, such as pain and suffering, anxiety, PTSD, worry, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, loss of mobility, and emotional or psychological trauma. Your lawyer can help you assess the value of this component of your claim. You can help by keeping a journal in which you record the effect your injuries have on your life and write about anything in your life that’s changed since the accident.

Proving Negligence in the State of California

In the state of California, your level of liability is determined by your level of negligence in causing the accident. Negligence exists when someone injures someone else by their lack of “ordinary care” in whatever activity they’re doing. In California, negligence may equate to liability.

California is also a pure comparative negligence state, meaning that even if you’re found to be partly liable for the accident, you may still seek compensation for the percent of the accident for which you are not liable. For example, if the court determines that your damages are $30,000 but also finds that you are ten percent liable for the crash, you can still obtain $27,000 in compensation: $30,000 less ten percent.

Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Lawsuits

If you wish to seek compensation in your bicycle accident case, you may find that settlement negotiations with the insurance company come to an impasse. After that, you may want to file a lawsuit. In California, the timing of filing a lawsuit is governed by the statute of limitations. Depending on what you’re seeking compensation for, there are several timelines to consider when filing a lawsuit.

  • If you are filing a lawsuit for compensation for personal injuries sustained in an accident, you have three years from the date of the accident in which to do so.
  • If you’re seeking compensation only for property damage, you will have a period of two years from the date of the accident in which to file a lawsuit.
  • If you’ve been injured or have sustained property damage in an accident involving a government agency or government employee, the statute of limitations gives you a six-month period from the date of the accident during which you may file a lawsuit.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to California Healthline, the incidence of bike accidents from 2016-2018 was at its highest rate for any three-year period since the 1990s in the state of California.

During the same period, 455 cyclists were killed in California, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Between 2015 and 2019, there were 611 collisions between bicyclists and pedestrians in Fresno County, according to data from UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center.

Nationwide, 846 cyclists were killed in bicycle accidents, one report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows.

Need Help? Call OnderLaw Today

Bicycle accidents can be overwhelming. From the injuries they cause to the many dollars in repairs they require, these accidents leave their victims in need of help as they pursue compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, let today be the day you begin seeking restitution.

Call OnderLaw today. During your free case evaluation, you can discuss the circumstances of your accident and figure out what your next best steps should be. Don’t allow the devastating effects of a bicycle accident keep you down one day longer. Begin your journey to justice with OnderLaw today.