Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Chula Vista
Experienced Bicycle Accident Representation
Bicycle accidents do not happen with great regularity, but they do happen. Generally, these types of accidents result in more severe injuries than other types of motor vehicle accidents because the person is less protected on a bicycle. They have no metal surrounding them, or seat belts or air bags like you have in a car.
At The Sexton Law Firm, we handle all types of bike accident cases for clients in Southern California. If you or a loved one is in need of a bicycle accident attorney, please call us today at (619) 202-8976 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with a lawyer at our Chula Vista or Oceanside office.
What is the Most Common Reason for Bicycle Accidents?
The most common reason for bicycle accidents is visibility factors. A lot of bicycle accidents occur at night or in very low lighting conditions. Sometimes, the bicyclist is not wearing any type of reflective clothing or has no reflectors or lights on the bike. Other causes of bicycle accidents include inattentiveness or weather conditions.
People who ride bicycles are held to the same standards as a driver of a vehicle. Sometimes, we see bicycle accidents occur where the bicyclist is on the wrong side of the road. That is contributory fault. If the bicyclist is obeying all traffic rules and is going with traffic, it is going to be the motorist’s fault for striking the bicyclist. Other contributory fault factors against the bicyclist could be a lack of reflectors on their bike. The majority of fault would rest with the motorist, but there would be some comparative fault or contributory fault with the bicyclist for not wearing reflective gear, reflectors on the bike, or lighting on the bike.
How Do You Help Prove Fault in a Bicycle Accident?
To prove fault, try to get photographs at the scene and find witnesses. However, this is likely the last thing you are thinking about if you have been injured in a bicycle accident. Most of the time, in bicycle accidents, there are more serious injuries. The police are often called to the scene and can document evidence for you. They are generally good about trying to contact witnesses as well.
Sometimes, bicycle accident victims need an accident reconstructionist to help with their case. Sometimes, plaintiffs need biomechanical experts. Experts are especially needed in cases of lack of vision or when we are talking about comparative fault.
The Sexton Law Firm can help any type of injury accident victim, including bicycle accident victims. Unfortunately, of the bicycle accident cases we do take on, the vast majority tend to be children. We help their families get through it and make sure they get to the right kind of doctors. We try to backtrack and get documentation about the accident. If we need to get experts to prove causation and fault, we get them.
Bus Accidents FAQ
Accidents involving city or commercial buses can inflict substantial damage. If you have been in such an accident, it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. Call The Sexton Law Firm in Chula Vista at (619) 202-8976 for a free consultation or send us a message to schedule an appointment.
Here are our answers to some frequently asked questions about bus accidents in California.
What is the first step after a bus accident?
Normally, some type of supervisor comes to the scene after a bus accident. The first thing you should do is always make sure that you are in contact with that supervisor, even if you do not feel injured at that time. Many of the injuries manifest themselves hours later, or even days later. So, you want to make sure that, when the supervisor for the bus company comes to the scene, your name is on the list of people on the bus. That is very important.
If you are feeling symptoms or injuries, get checked out. If you wait too long, the insurance company or the bus company is going to use that against you. It is always good to get a medical checkup after any accident. It documents that you were in an accident.
How do injuries happen in a bus accident?
The bus can be hit by another vehicle, and you can be a passenger in the bus and sustain injuries while on the bus. Obviously, a bus is a very heavy vehicle, so there normally has to be a heavier vehicle to make any type of significant impact to a heavy bus that would cause someone inside the bus to be injured.
Many passengers in buses are standing. Even with a smaller impact, the people inside feel that impact and can lose their balance. Passengers might not fall out of their seat, but people who are standing up can fly forward and strike other parts of their body, for example, their head on the handrails or other parts of the body on seats, or they can fall back on the floor.
Usually, because the bus is so heavy, it has a lot of momentum going with it. If the bus driver brakes suddenly after an impact, that can also cause the people inside to become dislodged and move all about and sometimes strike body parts on handrails, seats, and other passengers inside the bus.
The second type of bus accident we see is when there is some fault of the bus driver. They may travel too fast, turn a corner too fast, step on their brakes too fast, or hit a bump on the road.
Unlike motor vehicles, buses generally do not have any type of seat belts or restraints inside. All sorts of injuries can occur in bus accidents.
What type of compensation is there for a bus accident?
Compensation for a bus accident is the same type of compensation as any other type of vehicular accident. You are entitled to be paid for your medical bills that are reasonable. You cannot see a doctor 5 times a day, but you are entitled to reasonable medical expenses and bills. You are entitled to compensation for wage loss and pain and suffering. Sometimes, you can be entitled to compensation for the loss of certain jobs. If you are a construction worker and are working on a project that you cannot complete due to your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Does an accident involving a municipal bus have any effect on the situation?
If it is a city or municipality transit bus, there is a 6-month statute of limitations to file a claim. Otherwise, it is the same procedure. You make a claim against the company. Some of these companies are self-insured and have adjusting companies that work the claims for them, called third-party administrators. Others have internal risk management departments for their company. Others are actually insured by insurance companies and have claims adjusters.
Either way, it works the same. A claim is made and they review all of the documentation, the medical bills, the chart notes, the documents, wage-loss information, and pain and suffering.
A lot of people think the adjuster will not pay for these things, but they will if the damages are documented. That is how our law firm can help. The adjusters are not averse to paying money, they just need a reason to do it.
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