Anaheim is one of the most visited cities in Southern California. Whether it’s Disneyland or the downtown district, this city attracts visitors from across the globe to its sights and sounds. With so many people in one place, there’s bound to be a car accident or two. Unfortunately, some of these accidents involve cars striking cyclists on the road. Even though Orange County has bike routes that stretch for 1,000 miles, a collision with a vehicle can happen when you least expect it.
Anaheim Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bicycle accidents occur in various places in Anaheim, especially in congested spots near downtown. When a vehicle hits a bicycle, it can cause minor and severe injuries to the cyclist, including death in extreme incidents. If a vehicle has struck you and left you with injuries, the Law Offices of Daniel Kim can help you recover compensation for your medical bills and more.
Negligent Drivers Cause Bicycle Accidents
Negligent drivers cause accidents with cyclists in congested areas around Anaheim, such as South Brookhurst Street and Beach Boulevard near Knott’s Berry Farm. When a car strikes a cyclist, the driver can be charged with negligence or reckless driving. Some examples of negligence include:
• Speeding through stop signs and red lights
• Failing to check for pedestrians and bikes at crosswalks
• Texting or talking on the phone while driving
• Driving under the influence
Some cyclists don’t survive the crash. A tragic event such as an untimely death can affect the cyclist’s family for life. If you’re involved in a crash or have a family member who has died in a bicycle collision with a vehicle, reach out to the Law Offices of Daniel Kim for a free consultation.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Sometimes a cyclist strikes a vehicle’s door when the driver opens it. Dooring happens when the driver fails to look for cyclists traveling alongside the car. When the door opens, the cyclist hits it and gets thrown from the bike. This incident can cause minor and serious injuries for the cyclist. Some common injuries include:
• Concussions and other head trauma
• Spinal cord trauma
Cyclists who survive car collisions are often left with disabilities for life. These disabilities can also affect the family members and cause a financial burden for everyone involved.
What Should You Do After a Bicycle Crash?
If you survive the crash, call 911 even if you feel fine at the time. The symptoms may be delayed and affect you once you’re back home and the adrenaline stops pumping. You should also avoid saying “I’m sorry” after the crash. The driver can use the apology against you as an admission of guilt. If you’re in a bicycle collision with a car, remember these things:
• Never admit guilt when it’s not your fault.
• Give a detailed report with the police.
• Visit your doctor for a thorough examination.
• Keep all receipts and papers from doctor visits and insurance consultations.
• Never answer calls from the driver or the driver’s insurance company.
• Contact an experienced bicycle accident [lawyer] who can help with your personal injury claim.
How a Bicycle Accident [Lawyer] Can Help
Nearly 500,000 bicycle-related accidents happen every year. In 2015, there were 467,000 accidents involving bikes and cars. As more people come to Anaheim for the attractions, more collisions will occur between drivers and cyclists. If you’re hurt in a collision, it’s important to contact our law firm. We can help you receive compensation not only for your injuries but also for any damages that occurred to your belongings. You deserve compensation for many things after a collision, such as:
• Hospital costs and recurring doctor visits
• Current and future pain and suffering
• Lost wages from not being able to work
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim
If you’re struck by a car in Anaheim, contact the Law Offices of Daniel Kim. We’d like to provide you with a free consultation from an experienced bicycle accident [attorney]. We’ll listen to your case and walk you through the process of filing a claim. Whether you suffered minor injuries or severe disabilities from the accident, our law firm will battle every step of the way in court to help you recover fair and just compensation.