There are greater numbers of cyclists in large cities. In Los Angeles, bike riders and motor cyclists share crowded roadways, which increases the riders risk of being involved in a collision and increases the nature of their injuries. These accidents are often caused by a motorist failing to see the bicyclist. The following are the most common causes for these accidents: (1) a motorist striking a bicyclist when making a left turn; (2) a motorist carelessly opening a car door without observing a nearby bicyclist; (3) a vehicle abruptly reversing and striking a bicyclist; (3) lane changes without seeing the bicyclist; and (4) collisions in intersections. Bicycle accidents often result in substantial injuries, including bone fractures, paralysis, spinal cord injury, concussions, traumatic brain injury, nerve damage, and facial and body cuts and scars.
As previously stated, collision between automobiles and bicycles result in tragic and significant injuries to bicyclists. Due to the severe nature of these injuries, victims often require costly medical treatment, including surgery, physical therapy, and pain management. Additionally, these incidents cause significant trauma to victims, and victims often undergo lengthy mental treatment. These injuries and resulting medical treatment typically cause victims to miss long periods from work. However, the law compensates victims for these damages, along with the pain and suffering associated with the bicycle accident.
Finally, the law requires your lawsuit to be filed within two years of your injury date. If your case is not timely filed, you will not be able to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Please contact an experienced bicycle attorney immediately after your injury.