3 Common Questions About Bicycle Accident Cases
The laws surrounding California bicycle accident cases can sometimes be confusing. As a result, Santa Clarita residents who have been injured while riding a bike often come to our attorneys for advice. Here are 3 common questions about bicycle accident cases that we receive from our clients.
Do I Have a Claim if a Pothole Caused My Bicycle Accident?
One of the most common questions about bicycle accident cases in California is, “Do I have a claim if a pothole caused my accident?” If your bicycle injury occurred as a result of a pothole, uneven pavement, sidewalk, or concrete, the claim depends on where the incident happened. The answer is yes, you do have a claim. The issue is determining who is responsible; that can be a private landowner, if it happened on a sidewalk where they made alterations to the sidewalk without government approval. Most sidewalks are controlled and operated by the municipality where you were in. Just because the incident did not happen with another car, but it happened on a sidewalk or on the street, does not prevent you from having a claim. The issue is just determining who the claim should be made against, which governs how much time we have to make that claim.
How Much Is My Bicycle Accident Case Worth?
The answer is not always simple. The easiest answer I can give you is it depends on the severity of the injury. A lot of the value of the claim depends on your participation, meaning you have to start right off the bat finding a lawyer you’re comfortable with. Follow that lawyer’s advice. Seek medical attention for all the injuries that you have. Listen to the doctor and what they recommend, even if you don’t think that you suffer from those injuries, because they know best. As long as you follow all the steps, and follow instruction and guidance of your attorneys and doctors, your claim will be bolstered to its maximum value.
How Long Will a Settlement Take?
There is no easy answer. This is specifically true for bicycle incidents because the injuries are severe, the treatment may last years, and it is important to complete the treatment or at least get a sense from your doctors on how long it will go on. Your doctors will serve as experts at trial to give an idea of what the future holds for you as their patient and as a witness and a party to a lawsuit, so there is a finite amount of damages that we can present. Depending on the severity of injuries and the evidence available, that can take a few months or it that may take a few years.
Call Our Santa Clarita Personal Injury Attorneys Today
If you’ve been seriously injured in a bicycle crash, and you want competent legal representation, please call our lawyer today. Our experienced California bicycle injury lawyers are here to help guide you through the challenges and obstacles of an injury claim. When you sit down for a free consultation, you will feel supported and prioritized. You are not just another case to us; we want to help you get full and fair compensation.