Bicycle Accidents in Monterey, CA
Monterey Personal Injury Lawyer Helping Injured Bicyclists
Bicyclists have much less protection than other travelers on the roadways.
Unlike the drivers of cars, vans and trucks, bicyclists do not tons of
metal protecting them. For this reason, if a bicyclist is involved in
a traffic accident, it is much easier for that accident victim to suffer from
catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, there are many drivers on the road who fail to keep proper
watch for bicyclists or who fail to give bicyclists the appropriate amount
of space. Are you a bicyclist who was injured because of a negligent driver
in the Monterey, California area? If so, our Monterey personal injury
SWARTZ & KENNEDY is here to help you file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault individual.
With our help, you may be able to obtain a sizeable settlement or court
judgment that will properly compensate you for your losses.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
In 2011, 48,000 bicyclists and other cyclists were injured and 677 were
killed in vehicle-related traffic accidents in the United States, according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTS). The number of fatalities listed here represents a 9% increase when compared
to 2010 bicyclist and cyclist fatality data. In the state of California,
there were 114 bicyclists and other cyclist fatalities in 2011, which
represented 4.1% of all traffic-related fatalities in the state for that
year. In comparison, bicyclist and other cyclist fatalities only made
up 2% of the total traffic fatalities on a nationwide scale in 2011.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
In addition to other drivers simply not paying enough attention to bicyclists,
bicycle accidents can also be caused by drunk drivers, reckless drivers,
distracted drivers, etc. Bicycle accidents can also be due to faulty bicycle
parts, as well as by unsafe conditions on a road, sidewalk or parking
lot. In these types of cases, a claim or lawsuits can be filed against
the negligent bicycle part manufacturer, or against the appropriate government
entity or property owner (such as in a
premises liability case). In some cases, claims can even be filed against other bicyclists.
Our firm can help you determine which party you should be seeking compensation from.
Why should you file a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim?
If you do not seek compensation from the at-fault party, you may be forced
to pay for the damages from your accident out of your own pocket. This
can potentially cause you a great amount of financial hardship, as well
as stress. If you are successful in obtaining compensation from the negligent
party, you may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost
earnings, physical pain, emotional trauma and more.
Contact our firm so we can help you take action following your bicycle accident!