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Bicycling is great - until a distracted driver bumps into you. Then, you're facing serious injuries, jaw-dropping medical bills, and other inconveniences like not being able to work (or sleep). Let Jurewitz Law Group help you hold that negligent driver responsible.

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Top Bicycle Accident Lawyers in San Diego

Legal Representation for Victims of Bike Accidents

San Diego provides an excellent environment for cycling, which is why so many residents use bicycles to run errands, commute to and from work, and just get around town. And while it’s a good thing that people are choosing to get fit and contribute to a better global environment, more bicycles on the roads means more potential for accidents. When a bicycle is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, the bicyclist has a high likelihood of serious injury or death. Drivers of cars, trucks, and motorcycles have a duty to look out for cyclists and allow them their legal right-of-way while navigating San Diego’s busy roads and streets. Unfortunately, many drivers do not take this duty seriously.

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident due to the negligence or reckless behavior of a motor vehicle driver, you have the right to compensation from the liable driver and insurance company. But don’t expect the insurance company involved to just cut you a check – that’s not going to happen. Insurance companies are notorious for denying claims, delaying payouts, and trying to get plaintiffs to settle for far less compensation than they deserve.

Don’t let them do this to you. The legal team at San Diego’s Jurewitz Law Group hates seeing injury victims get screwed by insurance companies, and has spent nearly 20 years fighting to ensure that it doesn’t happen. To get Ross Jurewitz’s experience and knowledge behind your claim, call (888) 233-5020 for a free case evaluation.

 

Why Choose Jurewitz Law Group to Handle My Case?

Jurewitz Law Group has spent the past nearly 20 years fighting for the rights of bicycle accident victims in California. We are a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most well-respected trial lawyer groups in the country. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of attorneys in the United States are members of this prestigious groups.

Some of our notable bicycle accident settlements include $235,000 awarded to the family of a child riding a bicycle who was struck by a truck in Imperial County, $200,000 in a bicycle-motor vehicle sideswipe accident, $100,000 in a San Diego bicycle accident, and $67,500 in a San Ysidro bike accident.

If you’ve been severely injured in a bicycle accident by no fault of your own, you are almost always better off when you hire an attorney. Legal representation will get you, on average, 3.5 times more settlement money than if you do not hire an attorney.

At Jurewitz Law Group, our experienced San Diego bicycle accident attorneys listen to our clients and treat them the way we want to be treated. When you sit down with us for an initial consultation, our compassionate personal injury lawyers we will walk you through the process.  We will explain what you can expect from your particular bicycle accident case, and you can then make an informed judgment about what your best legal options are.

Do not wait to contact Jurewitz Law Group if you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in the San Diego area. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can get started on your case, and help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve. Call us any time at (855) 549-6817.

 

Common Bicycle Accident Scenarios

The following scenarios are common among bicycle-motor vehicle collisions:

  • Left-hand turn collision: California Vehicle Code section 21801(a) states that all drivers attempting a left-hand turn must first check for and yield to any vehicles coming from the opposite direction, including bicycles. Unfortunately, many drivers do not see bicyclists coming and crash into them while making a left turn.
  • Sideswipe: All motorists are expected to give bicyclists enough space when passing. However, some motorists get impatient and attempt extremely risky passes, which can result in a sideswipe collision or the bicyclist getting run off the road.
  • Dooring: On many streets, the bicycle lane is adjacent to the parking lane, without much space in between. In this type of accident, a motorist forgets to check for bicyclists before exiting his or her parked vehicle, which leads to the unlucky bicyclist crashing into the door or getting run out of the lane. In either scenario, the consequences can be deadly.
  • Intersection collisions: A motorist may fail to stop at an intersection, or fail to yield to a crossing bicyclist, causing an injurious or fatal collision.

Of course, there are bicycle accident cases which do not involve motorists. Unsafe roadway conditions and defective bicycle design/manufacturing can contribute to bike accidents, as well, and if they do, those road designers and bike manufacturers may be held liable, too.

Types of Brain Injuries a Victim May Suffer

Even with helmets on, bicyclists are at elevated risk for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in a collision, such as:

  • Concussion: The "mildest" form of TBI, concussions still present a risk of long-term brain damage if the victim has already suffered previous concussions, or suffers additional ones in the future. This can lead to a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is linked to serious brain damage in professional football players and other athletes.
  • Contusion: Contusions are similar to “bruises” on the brain, which can result in swelling and internal bleeding. Surgery may be required to relieve pressure on the brain and prevent further damage.
  • Rotation or shaking injury: If the victim is shaken in the crash, he or she can suffer brain tissue tearing, internal bleeding, and more.
  • Coup-contrecoup injury: Occurs when the head is snapped back and forth, causing damage to both sides of the brain, usually cerebral contusions and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The frontal and temporal lobes are most often affected by a coup-contrecoup injury.
  • Penetrating or "open" injury: When an object penetrates the skull and reaches the brain, it is known as an "open" brain injury. A skull fracture may also lead to this injury. Immediate dangers include cerebral hemorrhage, brain tissue damage, and swelling. Open injuries are visible; “closed” head injuries like concussions, contusions, and coup-contrecoup are not.

Symptoms of a TBI include a headache, nausea, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating or remembering, slurred speech or dilated pupils, excessive fatigue, and seizures or convulsions. If you suspect a head injury, get medical help immediately.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

In 2017, 5,783 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in the United States, according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. Bicyclist fatalities increased by 32% in the 10-year period between 2008 and 2017. During that same period, total traffic fatalities decreased by 0.8%.

In a study published in Injury Prevention, researchers collected data from patients at Seattle-area emergency rooms who suffered bicycle injuries over a 2.5-year period. The study found that:

  • Over 70% of the patients who sustained bicycle injuries were male.
  • Almost half of the patients were children age 12 and under.
  • About half of the injured bicyclists were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
  • Approximately 60% suffered injuries to the upper extremity. About one-third suffered facial injuries, and about 22% sustained head injuries.
  • The most common mechanism of injury (50% of all injuries) was a bicyclist losing control and hitting the ground, 29% was due to a collision with an obstacle, and 15.3% were involved in a crash with a motor vehicle.
  • Bicyclists not wearing helmets were 14.3 times more likely to die in a crash than those wearing helmets. In other words, wearing a helmet was associated with a 93% decrease in the risk of fatality.

In California, bicyclist injury rates increased by 21%, from 28.4 per 100,000 residents in 2007 to 34.4 per 100,000 residents in 2013, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

During this period, San Joaquin and Sacramento Counties had the most bicyclist fatalities, and Inyo and Santa Cruz Counties had the most non-fatal bicyclist injuries, according to the CDPH.

Most bicyclist injuries occurred from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., while the fewest amount of injuries happened between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

The highest rates of bicycle accident deaths involving motor vehicles were among adults age 45 and older.

Protecting the Rights of Bicycle Accident Victims

If you, as a cyclist, have been injured in an accident with a motor vehicle, you’re going to need a strong legal advocate on your side. The San Diego personal injury attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group are passionate about accident victim rights and will not let you get screwed by the unscrupulous insurance industry. Call (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation.

Our No Fee Guarantee®

Our No Fee Guarantee® promises that our clients will not owe a penny if our injury accident lawyers fail to obtain any compensation for them. The Jurewitz Law Group team will work on your case from start to finish and you will not be asked to come out of pocket prior to settlement to pay for our attorneys' fees.

From Our Clients

What I really appreciated about the Jurewitz Law Group is that they were prompt in their communication with me. They know what they are doing and I recommend them.

- Bill P.
Bicycle Accident Victim

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