Costa Mesa has taken huge strides since 2012 to become one of the most bike-friendly cities in Southern California. It has miles of vehicle-free bike lanes stretching across the landscape. The Santa Ana River trail is one such bike lane that leads from the Pacific Ocean to Big Bear Lake. However, not every road in the city provides safe travels for cyclists, and many accidents occur throughout the year.
Costa Mesa Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycle accidents happen almost every day in cities across the country, including right here in Costa Mesa. The accidents happen mostly in congested areas around the city, not in designated biking places like the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. When a car strikes a bike, the cyclist almost always suffers serious injuries. If you’re the victim of a bicycle crash, the Law Offices of Daniel Kim want to make sure that you receive the necessary treatment and compensation for your injuries.
Driver Negligence in Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents aren’t really accidents – they’re crashes. When a vehicle hits a bicycle, it’s negligence on behalf of the driver. Negligent driving happens when the driver doesn’t obey standard traffic laws and causes an accident. Some examples include:
- Speeding through red lights
- Not stopping at stop signs
- Failing to check for pedestrians at crosswalks
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
These examples could also constitute reckless driving, especially when someone is seriously injured or killed. If you’re involved in an accident with a negligent or reckless driver, contact the Law Offices of Daniel Kim for a free consultation.
Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle crashes happen even in designated bike lanes. Dooring injuries occur frequently in the city when a person in a car opens the door without looking to see if a cyclist is in the vicinity. Once the car door opens, the cyclist rams into it and suffers injuries not only from the door but also from the impact with the road after falling off the bike. Some common bicycle crash injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Severe head trauma
- Neck and spinal injuries
Unfortunately, there are times when a vehicle hits a bicycle and causes death for the rider. Serious injuries can leave cyclists with disabilities and stress for life, and death can cause mental anguish such as grief and depression for the family.
What to Do After a Bicycle Crash?
Never accept negligence after a bicycle crash. Even saying “I’m sorry” can be used against you if your case goes to trial. If you’re coherent after the crash, contact the police to make a record of the incident. You should also exchange contact information with any witnesses in the area. Keep these five things in mind:
- Go to the doctor right away even if you don’t have any symptoms.
- Take photographs of the crash scene if possible, including pictures of your injuries.
- Keep every receipt and document from your doctor and insurance company.
- Don’t answer any calls from the driver’s insurance company. Don’t talk about the accident or sign any papers.
- Contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney to hear your case.
How a Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help
Thousands of cyclists are injured every year across the country. In fact, more than 460,000 bicycle-related injuries were reported in 2015 alone. Those numbers continue to climb as traffic becomes heavier in cities and drivers cross paths with cyclists on the road.
If you’re hurt in a bicycle crash, you may have a case against the driver. Our law firm can help you receive compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses such as hospitalization, physical therapy and medication costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages from not being able to work
- Damage to your bike and gear
If the driver flees the scene, it’s still possible to pursue compensation with an uninsured motorist claim through your automobile insurance company. We can determine the best course of action to take and help you recover the damages after the accident.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim
When you’re involved in a bicycle accident in Costa Mesa, contact the Law Offices of Daniel Kim to speak with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer. We’ll arrange a free consultation and explain your rights in the case. Whether you’ve sustained minor or serious injuries, we’ll fight to get you the maximum compensation and put you on the road to recovery.