Davis is known for its bicycles with 20 percent of residents commuting to work and school every day on a bicycle. The hope is that this will reduce the number of cars on the road making it safer for everyone. However, we’re not there yet, as motor vehicles and bikes collide often in this California city.
Many accidents happen when a cyclist is struck by a motor vehicle because the driver doesn’t notice the low-profile bicycle. This is also a factor in broadside bike accidents where the cyclist hits a motor vehicle in the side after it has turned or pulled in front of them.
At Bay Area Bicycle Law, we are passionate about helping cyclists get justice after being injured by the negligence of car drivers who are not vigilant in looking out for the cyclists on the roads. We believe that the cyclist has just a much right to the roads as do motor vehicles, and should be given the ability to get around in safety.
Broadside Bicycle Injuries
When a car turns in front of a bicycle, the impact can be devastating. A typical car vastly outweighs a bike and rider and is basically a moving wall where a bike is concerned. The cyclist suffers an impact with the bigger, heavier vehicle only to be ejected from the bicycle and endure a second impact by hitting the pavement. This causes certain injuries to the rider that can be serious and life-threatening.
EMT and trauma center personnel in Davis recognize these injuries that come from a broadside accident. Some of these common to these accidents are:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Severe Concussions
- Facial Bone Fractures
- Severe Road Rash
- Broken Wrists/Elbows
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Fractured Displaced Ribs
Broadside Bike Injury Liability
If a driver of a motor vehicle doesn’t see a cyclist and pulls into its path causing a broadside accident, the law requires that the driver pays for all injuries and financial losses that come from the accident. In most cases, a driver will have at least the required California minimum auto insurance policy. While sometimes this isn’t enough, it does provide some compensation for the injuries.
If the driver is uninsured or takes off without his or her identity being known, the injured cyclist can make a claim against their own auto insurance policy—even though they weren’t at fault—if they have an uninsured and underinsured motorist provision on their policy.
This will pay the injured cyclist for all damages from the accident including medical bills, pain, and suffering and lost time from work.
At Bay Area Bicycle Law, we will look for any coverage possible to make sure that a cyclist injured by a motor vehicle driver’s negligence gets the compensation they deserve.
Contact a Davis Bicycle Accident Lawyer.
Bay Area Bicycle Law is the only personal injury law firm in Northern California to specialize exclusively in representing injured cyclists. Years of advocacy for bicycle victims have seasoned our attorneys with the necessary skills, knowledge base and familiarity to handle bicycle accident cases with the utmost level of professional expertise.
Contact us today for a free consultation. California cyclists who are injured by negligent drivers are entitled to a wide array of compensation. We will always offer you legal advice which is in your best interest.