With its perpetually sunny weather and beautiful landscape, Chula Vista is a hot bed for bicyclists. The city is home to miles of quality bike trails and bike parks and is a destination along the one of the most popular scenic bike routes in California, the Bayshore Bikeway, which extends 24 miles and makes a loop around San Diego Bay. And while most bicycle adventures in Chula Vista end well, there are exceptions. Bike accidents happen, and they can be quite devastating, especially when bicycle versus passenger vehicle, a combination that leads to life-changing injuries that require long recuperation times and extensive treatment.
If you are injured in a Chula Vista bike accident, then determining the cause of the accident, who is liable for your injuries, and how to get the compensation you deserve are complex questions. There may be more than one party involved; multiple people and/or entities may share the burden of blame in your accident. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and its Chula Vista bicycle accident attorney have built a reputation of going to bat for our clients, helping them recoup damages that they are entitled to.
Statistics on Bicycle Accidents
California as a whole holds a scary distinction: it is home to the greatest occurrence of bicycle accidents in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in the past few years, bicycle accidents and injuries that result are up by approximately 6 percent. More than 54,000 bike accidents result in ER visits across the country each year, with more than 5,000 of those resulting in hospitalization and 150 reported as fatalities.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
Although the city of Chula Vista recognizes biking as a wonderful recreational activity and encourages citizens to bike, bikers run the risk of injury every time they hop on and ride. Some of the most-often cited causes in serious bicycle accidents include:
- Failure of motorists to see bicyclists on the roadway
- Motorists driving distracted
- Unsafe turns by motorists
- Impaired motorists
- Road conditions that are unsafe for bicyclists
- Uneven riding surfaces and debris on the road
- Overall poor visibility for both drivers and bicyclists
- Blinds spots among motor vehicles
The injuries seen by bicyclists involved in serious bicycle accidents can be quite horrific. Exposed fractures, spinal injuries, brain trauma, concussions, and even amputations are among them.
Colling Damages in Bicycle Accident Claims
Liability in bicycle accidents may fall on the driver of a motor vehicle who causes an injury. Inversely, the government entity tasked with providing road maintenance may also be to blame. If you have been injured in a bike accident due wholly or in part to the negligence of someone else, then you have good grounds for a bike accident claim. Compensation is generally a mix of medical costs, lost income, future reduced capacity to earn a living, pain and suffering and more. If you end up with a disability due to the injuries you sustained, any damages that you receive may be enhanced.
Schedule your no-cost consultation with Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and our Chula Vista bicycle accident attorney to discuss your case and get the ball rolling on receiving compensation for your damages.