Bicycle Accidents

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“Pedalers in Peril: San Francisco’s Most Dangerous Streets for Cyclists” is an interactive report map which indicates the frequency of bicycle accidents in the Bay Area at any given time. It provides a staggering amount of data and analysis of Bay Area bicycle accidents, particularly between 2009 and 2011. It has also become an important source of motorway news as well as an essential safety resource. The interactive map indicates the most common bicycle accident areas throughout the Bay Area, along with detailed information on the locality wherein the accident occurred. Map users can even detail the cause of the accident while providing quirky details about these “bicycle accident hotspots.” As of the latest findings, the mission district is the “hottest” for bicycle accidents, seeing approximately100 accidents each year. Other neighborhoods with a high rate of bicycle accidents include Downtown (70 annually) and Market Street (around 130 over a span of two years)

In a picturesque city like San Francisco, bicycles are a preferred mode of transportation. Unfortunately, a majority of motor vehicle drivers are negligent towards cyclists. Despite the safety precautions taken by cyclists, they still figure in around 1,064 bicycle accident-related accidents a year. More often than not in these situations between a motor vehicle and a bicycle, the cyclist usually is at the losing end. This is especially true concerning certain law enforcement officers who have an inherent bias against on-road cyclists. Bicycle accident victims often incur debilitating or permanent injuries as a result of these accidents.

Fortunately, the law does provide an injured bicycle victim with the right to recover for his damages, including medical expenses, funeral expenses (in the case of a wrongful death resulting from the accident), loss of wages, and also for pain and suffering caused by the injuries. Furthermore, if an injured victim has a spouse, the spouse may recover for the loss of services of the injured spouse. While a monetary recovery can never compensate for the pain and suffering caused by a bicycle injury, it can help alleviate some of the financial obligations and burdens caused by the accident.

After a bicycle accident occurs, the liable party’s insurance company will immediately start an investigation on the incident. The insurance company of the liable party will try to limit the recovery of the person who has been injured, keeping it to the lowest amount possible. Since these companies have specific procedures which govern bicycle claims, the insurance company will follow a series of elaborate steps in order to lessen the amount of recovery they owe the injured party. They will gather statements from witnesses, examine and test the premises being called into question, take photos of the bicycle and the other vehicle involved, and do what they can within the first 24 to 48 hours to establish the extent of the accident victim’s injuries.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you must be aware that insurance companies will attempt to trick you into making a quick settlement so they can avoid further responsibilities, such as paying for medical procedures, lost wages and other related damages. An injury resulting in a bicycle accident usually takes months to evaluate, especially if the injured person has broken bones, broken limbs, fractures and internal injuries. These types of injuries can only be established after a specialist physician has made a full diagnosis. If you let an insurance company finalize a settlement in a matter of days, you would have lost much in terms of the recovery you need, such as rehabilitation, physical therapy for your injuries and further surgery. You need to also consider that your health insurance company will seek to be reimbursed for your medical bills. Before agreeing to any sort of arrangement, you need to know the health insurance company’s limitations to receiving reimbursements.

You can only truly appropriate the value of a bicycle accident or personal injury claim if you have fully evaluated the extent of the injury, it’s nature, any recoverable losses, and all related liability issues. You need to know how insurance companies work so that you don’t become a victim of injustice on top of being an accident victim. It’s best to obtains the services of a San Francisco and Silicon Valley personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling these complicated bicycle accident cases, an attorney who will be ready to litigate your claim or your behalf, especially when insurance companies attempt to settle your claims swiftly and unfairly.

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident and want to know your rights, contact Fuller Law and claim your free, no-obligation consultation with a San Francisco and Silicon Valley personal injury attorney.

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