With its 300 days of sunshine per year, perhaps few locations are as suited as Palm Springs for biking. The city maintains miles and miles of bike routes and trails, and several tour operators provide guided bike tours that let the bicyclist take in the local scenery and architecture while getting in a good workout. While most biking excursions go off without a hitch, it’s not always fun and games. Bike accidents can be quite devastating, especially if they involve crashes with passenger cars or other vehicles on the roadway.
If you are injured while bicycling due to no fault of your own, then you have a right to hold the at-fault party accountable for your injuries. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP has a long history of helping victims put their lives back together following horrible, life-changing accidents. Our Palm Springs bicycle accident attorneys go to bat for our clients, helping them win the compensation to which they are entitled.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bike accidents and injuries from them are up by around 6 percent in the past few years. California was home to the greatest number of fatal bicycle accidents in the entire country. Across the country, more than 54,000 reported accidents among bicyclists resulted in visits to local ERs; of those, nearly 5,000 were hospitalized with serious injuries and more than 150 resulted in death.
Causes of Serious Bicycle Accidents
While cities like Palm Springs have created bike lanes and bike routes, bikers are at risk of accident and injury no matter where they ride. Some common reasons that bicyclists end up injured include:
- Drivers of passenger vehicles failing to see bicyclists on the roadway
- Distracted drivers clipping bicyclists or running into them at stop signs
- Drivers making unsafe turns
- Impaired drivers
- Unsafe road conditions
- Roadways with uneven surfaces or debris
- Poor visibility among drivers and cyclists
Injuries sustained in a bike accident can be quite serious. Broken bones, spine injuries, trauma to the head and concussions, and other serious bodily injuries are not uncommon.
Compensation in Your Bike Injury Case
If a driver on the road or an entity charged with maintaining a bike trail or operating a bike tour is negligent and causes your bike accident, you have a strong case for a bike accident claim. Your claim may seek to make you whole again by asking for compensation for medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering and more. Any disabilities caused by the accident will enhance any award you may receive.
Consultation With a Palm Springs Bicycle Accident Attorney
Because of the complexity of proving liability in a bicycle accident claim, it’s vital that you trust your claim to an attorney who knows the ropes when it comes to standing up for victims’ rights in court. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP has a long history of getting our clients the compensation they deserve. Schedule your case review now with our Palm Springs bicycle accident attorney to discuss the merits of your bicycle accident claim.