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Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles, CA

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Many people in Los Angeles ride bicycles as a form of recreation and a way to get to work or school. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to exercise necessary care around bicyclists. A negligent or reckless driver can easily cause a severe accident that leaves a bicyclist with catastrophic or life-threatening injuries.

For over 40 years, the Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers of Custodio & Dubey LLP have worked tirelessly on behalf of crash victims. We know how to investigate these complex crashes and demonstrate the full extent of losses that victims face.

If you have been injured in a crash, turn to the Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys of Custodio & Dubey LLP. We will help you pursue the financial compensation you need and deserve from the person who caused your injuries. We are available to talk 24/7, and we can begin work immediately on your case. Get your free consultation now.

How Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Los Angeles Can Help

After a serious bicycle accident, the attorneys at Custodio & Dubey LLP can help you pursue financial compensation for your losses by:

  • Gathering all the evidence from your accident, including the police accident report, accident scene photos, eyewitness statements, and your medical records;
  • Ensuring you receive the best medical care possible;
  • Working with experts in accident reconstruction, medicine, and finance to build a strong case showing how your accident occurred and who was at fault;
  • Filing your claim with the insurance companies and dealing with adjusters and defense lawyers so that you can focus on your recovery; and
  • Advocating your case during settlement negotiations and, if necessary, at trial.

We handle every aspect of your case from start to finish. The only thing you have to do is focus on your health.

Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve for an L.A. Bicycle Accident Injury

One important step in proving the fault of the party that hurt you is investigating your bicycle collision. Your Los Angeles bicycle injury attorney will review the facts surrounding your accident and collect all the evidence that will prove fault. Your attorney will also collect extensive documentation of the losses you have suffered. Then, your attorney will submit your claim to the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

Insurance Companies Do Not Want to Ever Pay Out on Any Claims. Insurance companies and their adjusters will do everything in their power to minimize or deny your claim. That is why it’s more important than ever that you hire the aggressive legal team of Custodio & Dubey LLP.  We don’t get intimidated by the insurance companies and their attorneys.  When you work with a lawyer at our firm, you can rest easy knowing that your attorney will vigorously stand up for your right to justice and fair compensation.

Our attorneys will not accept a settlement that is less than the full value of your bicycle collision claim. These are damages you could be owed for your accident:

  • Medical treatment costs, including hospital stays, medications, co-pays, and surgeries
  • Costs of caregiving services and physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages and lost earning capability
  • Lost quality of life
  • Permanent injury and scarring
  • Mental trauma
  • Mental health treatment

Contact our firm today to learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to following your accident.

What to Do If You Have Been Hurt in a Bicycle Accident in Los Angeles

If you have been injured in a collision on your bicycle, take these steps to help preserve your legal options for pursuing compensation from the at-fault party:

  • Call 911 to report your accident. The police officer who comes to the scene will file an accident report. The police will usually give you a police report number so you can obtain a copy of it when it is ready. If they don’t volunteer to give you a police report number, demand that they do so.
  • Get contact info. Collect contact and insurance information from each motorist involved in your accident. Also get contact information for any eyewitnesses to your accident.
  • Photograph everything. If possible, take photos of the accident scene and any visible injuries you may have suffered. A picture is worth a thousand words!
  • See a doctor. If you do not get treated by paramedics at the accident scene or if you do not get transported to a hospital, get examined by your physician or go to the emergency room on your own. Get a diagnosis of any injuries you may have suffered.

Finally, talk with an L.A. bicycle accident lawyer from Custodio & Dubey LLP to learn how our firm can help you.

Time Limits for Filing a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit in California

Under California’s statute of limitation, you typically have two years from the date of your bicycle accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. In certain cases, the start of this two-year period may be paused, or “tolled,” until a later date.

If your bicycle accident is caused by a vehicle owned by a government or public agency, you must also provide the appropriate agency with notice of your claim within six months of your accident. You cannot file a lawsuit until your claim has been rejected or 45 days have passed.

If you do not provide timely notice or miss the lawsuit’s deadline, your claim can be permanently dismissed.

Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents

Even a low-speed collision has the potential to cause serious injuries to bicycle riders. Injuries suffered by riders in crashes include:

  • Road rash, or an abrasion or burn-like injury caused by skin scraping across the ground or pavement;
  • Bone fractures;
  • Soft-tissue injuries, including dislocated joints or tendon and muscle sprains;
  • Spinal cord injuries, including inflammation and tears of nerve tissue that can lead to paralysis;
  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injury;
  • Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding; and
  • Facial injuries.
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Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Even a momentary lapse by a motorist can lead to a bicycle accident. Motorists often cause bicycle accidents in one of these ways:

  • Speeding;
  • Running stop signs or red lights;
  • Distracted driving, including texting while driving;
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving;
  • Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol;
  • Unsafe left turns, including failing to signal or yield to oncoming bicycles;
  • Unsafe right turns;
  • Passing too closely to bicycles;
  • Following too closely; and
  • Opening doors on street-parked vehicles in front of oncoming bicycles (known as dooring)

Other factors, such as adverse weather, heavy fog, or poor lighting at night can also contribute to bicycle accidents.

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Talk to a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles Now

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles, contact the law firm of Custodio & Dubey LLP to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys. We will discuss your case and explain your legal options for pursuing justice and a fair financial compensation from those at fault.