According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the use of a handheld mobile phone while driving triples the risk of being in a motor vehicle accident. Drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident if they’re texting when driving. Distracted driving accidents aren’t limited to mobile phone use when driving either. Anything that diverts a driver’s attention from driving safely is a distraction. Those distractions might include eating, smoking, using an infotainment center, attending to personal grooming or even just talking to passengers or children in the vehicle.
They Don’t See You Until It’s Too Late
Whether a bicyclist is commuting to work or just out for a ride and some exercise, he or she presents a small and narrow profile. The cyclist will encounter motor vehicles that are larger, heavier and faster than any bicycle. If a driver of one of those vehicles is distracted, that driver might not see the bicyclist until it’s too late. Our law firm concentrates its practice on bicycle accidents. If you were seriously injured in a bicycle crash with a distracted driver, you’ll want to consult with an experienced and successful Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer from our offices as soon as possible after you leave the hospital.
Don’t Give a Statement
You can expect a phone call from an adjuster with the insurance company of the person who hit you inquiring about how the accident occurred. That adjuster already knows what happened. He or she has already obtained a copy of the police report and interviewed their insured person. The purpose of the phone call is to obtain your statement and use your own words against you in the future in an attempt to push some or all of the fault for the accident over onto you. California law doesn’t require you to give any such statement, especially without an attorney being present on your behalf. Eliminate the risk of what might happen if you give a statement. Rather than giving a statement and possibly hurting your case, call us instead. What you tell us is confidential.
Just about every bicyclist on the road is visible. If a cyclist is obeying all traffic and cycling laws, there’s probably only one reason why he or she gets hit. That’s probably because a driver was distracted. These types of accidents are perfectly preventable. Many drivers just don’t think about their choices when they’re behind the wheel. After being injured in bicycle crash in or around Los Angeles that was caused by a distracted driver, call 911 and ask that police and paramedics be dispatched to the scene. Have the paramedics transport you from the crash scene to an emergency room. Upon your discharge, contact us for that free and confidential consultation and case review. Remember, our law firm focuses its practice on bicyclists who are injured in accidents.
Contact a Bicycle Injury Lawyer
Los Angeles Bicycle Law represents bicyclists because we are bicyclists. We know first-hand how rewarding, yet dangerous, cycling can be in the Los Angeles area. Even though the law treats bicyclists with the responsibilities and rights of a motor vehicle, the road itself offers far fewer protections. That is why we actively fight to protect bicyclists in our community. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles, contact Los Angeles Bicycle Law today.