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Newport Beach Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Securing Compensation for Our Injured Clients
Bicycles are a clean, inexpensive way to get around town and a great way to fit exercise into a busy life. The growing number of bicycles and cars on the roads of California lead to inevitable collisions.
When an accident occurs due to a vehicle driver’s negligence or inattention, the injured cyclist can file a lawsuit for damages. At Manning Law, APC, our Newport Beach bicycle accident attorneys represent bicyclists throughout California who have been seriously injured.
Injuries Sustained in Bicycle Accidents
The favorable weather in California results in more people making the choice to ride a bicycle. As the number of bicycles on the road has increased, so has the number of accidents.
California has the most serious injuries and fatalities caused by bicycle accidents. The lack of protection on a bicycle puts the cyclist at risk for extreme injury or death in an accident with a car.
A bicycle accident may result in severe injuries, such as:
- Head injury
- Facial trauma
- Dental fractures
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Nerve damage
- Fractures and dislocations
The severity of injuries sustained in bicycle accidents often requires extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and physical therapy. Some people are permanently disabled and unable to earn a living.
When the accident was the fault of someone else, we can help you secure compensation for your medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages.
CA Bicycle Laws
Some of the most important California bicycle laws that cyclists should be aware of include
- Helmet Law: California law requires all cyclists under the age of 18 to wear a properly fitting helmet while riding a bicycle.
- Traffic Laws: Bicyclists must follow the same traffic laws as motorists. This includes obeying traffic signals, stop signs, and yielding to pedestrians when required.
- Riding on the Right: Bicyclists must ride on the right side of the road in the same direction as traffic, except when passing, making a left turn, or when it is unsafe to do so.
- Bike Lanes: When a usable bike lane is provided, cyclists are generally required to use it, unless making a left turn, passing another cyclist, avoiding hazards, or approaching a right-turn-only lane.
- Passing Distance: Motorists are required to provide at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist. If it is not safe to pass with this clearance, motorists must wait until it is safe to do so.
- Night Riding: Bicyclists must have a front white light and a rear red reflector or light when riding during darkness.
- Reflectors: Bicycles must be equipped with front, rear, and side reflectors visible from a distance of 500 feet.
- Bike Paths: Bicyclists are allowed on many bike paths, but some paths may have restrictions or specific rules, so it is essential to check signs and regulations.
Following these regulations not only protects cyclists but also promotes a harmonious sharing of the road between cyclists and motorists. If your cycling accident was caused my a motorist not following CA law our team of attorneys can help fight for the justice and compensation you deserve!
Preparing Cases for Success
Our bicycle accident lawyers in Newport Beach are heavily invested in our personal injury practice. They have represented clients in hundreds of personal injury cases and use all our past experiences as training for future cases.
We know how to investigate accident cases, gather reports, police reports, witness information, and other evidence to prove fault and maximize damages for our clients.
What Damages Can I Receive Compensation For?When your injury is caused by the actions or negligence of another person, you can take legal action to recover costs resulting from your injury. We represent clients seeking damages for the following:
Past and future medical bills:Oftentimes medical bills can extend far beyond the individual's initial accident. The victim may require extended hospital stays, operations, and even regular checkups during their recovery process. If you were injured due to someone else's negligence, we will fight to ensure that you receive compensation for these expenses.
Rehabilitation:For injuries resulting in long-term side effects, it is important for the victim to be able to focus on their recovery and rehabilitation, rather than worrying about how they will pay for their recovery process.
Lost income:Most serious accidents will be accompanied by significant amount of time off of work. If someone else's negligence has rendered you unable to work, they should be held responsible for your loss of income during that time.
Mental anguish:Mental anguish can include various forms of depression and anxiety that someone may experience as a result of their accident, or even the loss of someone close to them.
Physical pain and suffering:This type of compensation can be pursued in regards to the physical injuries a victim has experienced and the pain and suffering that those injuries have caused them.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?Under California’s personal injury statute of limitations, you generally have two years from the date of your injury to file a civil lawsuit in court against the responsible party. If the at-fault party is a government agency, you have an even tighter deadline of six months. If you do not seek legal action within this timeframe, the court will likely refuse to hear your case at any time to the future and you will lose your right to seek compensation. These deadlines can sometimes be extended under specific circumstances, such as if the injured party is a minor, the injury or the cause of the injury was not immediately apparent, or the injured individual suffers mental or physical incapacitation due to the injury. Regardless, if you are unsure how the statute of limitations applies to your case, it is important that you get an attorney involved promptly to guard your legal rights.
If I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer, Will I Have to Go to Court?While going to court is certainly a possibility, many personal injury claims are settled out of court through negotiations between your attorney and the responsible party’s insurance company. A trial may only be necessary if these negotiations should fail, such as in circumstances where fault is disputed or if there is a disagreement over the value of your claim. Our attorneys prepare each case as if it were going to trial to give us the best positioning possible during settlement negotiations.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?Your case could take several months or even years to settle depending on the situation. The timeline of your case will vary depending on factors such as the severity of your injuries, the amount of medical treatment you need, complications of liability, and the level of cooperation of the responsible party’s insurance company.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?Your case’s value will be based on factors such as the severity and long-term impact of your injuries, the amount of medical treatment you need, the strength of evidence proving the other party’s liability, and the amount of insurance coverage available in your case. It is best to discuss your case with a skilled attorney to get a more accurate picture of your case’s potential value.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Manning Law, APC?Manning Law, APC accepts all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front costs for you. We only get paid if we are successful in your case.
How Do I Know Manning Law, Apc Is Right for My Case?Manning Law, APC offers free consultations, works on contingency, and has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of past clients. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we have what it takes to maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.
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