Santa Clarita Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Providing a Voice for the Injured Since 1980
No one expects to suffer a major injury during a leisurely bike ride or while cycling to work. However, bicycle accidents can and do occur and, sadly, cyclists tend to suffer far more severe injuries than the people in the vehicle that hit them.
If you or a family member suffered an injury while cycling, a Santa Clarita bicycle accident attorney from the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson can help. Our firm has been serving injured clients throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and the Greater Los Angeles Area for over 40 years. We have extensive experience in providing our clients with the legal help they need to get the compensation they deserve.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Cyclists are virtually unprotected—although, proper safety equipment, such as helmets can dramatically reduce the risk of a severe injury. That being said, a person on a bike is simply no match for a large, fast-moving, multi-ton vehicle. When a car, truck, or SUV collides with a bicycle, the cyclist is the one who is most likely to sustain catastrophic injuries which could ultimately even be fatal.
Common bicycle accident injuries include:
- Severe head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
While you may not expect this to happen to you or a loved one, it’s important to have the experience of a bicycle accident attorney by your side if it does.
How a Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help
Simply put, a bike accident doesn’t only result in physical injuries and emotional suffering—it also leads to serious, unexpected financial hardships. Treatment for your injuries may be extensive and could lead to massive medical bills. You may even need to plan for ongoing rehabilitative therapy and future medical costs. Often, injured cyclists are unable to work during their recovery, which could last from several weeks to several months. In the event that a cyclist sustains debilitating, disabling injuries, he or she may never be able to work again. All of this places a huge financial strain on individuals and families already struggling to cope with the aftermath of the accident.
While all of this can be immensely challenging, having an experienced bicycle accident lawyer by your side who can help you manage your case while you recover makes things easier. At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we have an in-depth knowledge of the law, as well as years of experience helping people like you get the best possible results for their injuries. Our team can help you stay organized throughout the entire legal process. We understand all California statutes of limitations associated with these accidents and can ensure you file your lawsuit before they expire.
How the Process Works
The first step in filing your bicycle accident claim is reaching out to an attorney and requesting a free consultation. During this initial meeting, you will have a chance to share your story and explain what happened. Our Santa Clarita bicycle accident lawyers can also answer your questions at this time and provide you with a clear outline of your options moving forward. We will also discuss your expectations and provide our professional opinion on how your case may go.
During the initial consultation, our attorneys will also ask you questions about the accident, your injuries, and how your life has been affected. It’s important that you provide as much documentation as you can in regards to the accident, your medical situation, and, most importantly, your finances.
The next step in the process is informing the insurance company that you intend to file a claim. This is something our attorneys will handle on your behalf. Following this, we will begin the investigation and discovery phase, during which time we will start gathering any and all evidence we can to build your case. This might include accessing the police report, obtaining your medical records, or talking to witnesses who saw what happened.
After the investigation and discovery phase is complete, we will then send a demand letter detailing your damages and requesting compensation for those damages. This cannot occur until you have reached what is known as “maximum medical improvement,” or MMI. MMI occurs when your doctor determines that you have healed as much as you are going to and treatment concludes.
The next step is negotiation. Our attorneys will negotiate with the insurance company in an effort to reach an agreeable settlement. This may involve going back and forth with the insurance claims adjuster several times. While we are often able to achieve settlements for our clients that meet their needs, this is not always possible. If the insurance company refuses to settle for an amount we believe you are owed, our team is fully prepared to take your case to trial.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation Today
To avoid missing any important filing deadlines, call our bicycle accident attorney team today. Calling quickly is important, as it can lead to a better chance of success in your case. At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we provide contingency fees and offer legal services in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Tagalog.