Emeryville Cycling Accident Attorneys
At Estey Bomberger, a large percentage of our practice is dedicated to helping injured cyclists in Emeryville and throughout the state. We are well versed in the laws that apply to cyclists and can quickly identify when a cyclist’s rights have been violated. Our Emeryville bicycle accident lawyers can help injured cyclists prove their injuries were caused by the negligent or careless actions of another individual and therefore, are entitled to monetary damages from the at-fault party.
Causes of Emeryville Bicycle Accidents
Unfortunately, many motor vehicle drivers are completely unaware of the rights afforded to cyclists in the state of California. Failing to yield the right of way to a cyclist is one of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in the United States. Another common cause of bicycle collisions is driver inattentiveness. Even the smallest distraction, such as spilling coffee, can take a driver’s eyes off the road and other cars and cyclists on the road. Additional causes of Emeryville bicycle accidents are speeding drivers, road debris, unmarked construction zones, fatigued drivers, drunk drivers and dangerous road condidtions.
Helmet Use in California
No helmet is 100 percent effective in preventing a head injury, but according to statistics, a helmet that meets specific safety standards can substantially reduce the risk of a serious head injury in a bicycle accident. It is estimated that helmets reduce the risk of a serious head injury by at least 45 percent. If worn correctly, helmets can help absorb energy and distribute the force of an impact. To ensure a proper helmet fit, try on a variety of helmets sizes and shapes before purchasing. A helmet should fit snuggly and stay in place when put on the head. The front rim of a helmet should barley be visible when looking upwards. Also, make sure the chinstrap fits snug against the chin and the side straps meet just below the ear.
It is important to note, California law does not permit a person under the age of 18 to ride a bicycle without wearing a helmet. According to California Vehicle Code § 21212 (a), a person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle upon a street, bikeway or any other public pathway unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet.
Maximum Compensation for Serious Bicycle Accident Injuries
The Emeryville bicycle accident lawyers at the law firm of Estey Bomberger have represented cyclists suffering from all types of serious injuries, including head injuries, broken bone injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation (loss of limb) injuries, internal organ injuries, sprain injuries and joint injuries. Using our legal and financial resources, we will navigate the complex claims process to get victims maximum compensation for serious injuries. Victims may receive funds for hospitalizations, rehabilitation costs, medicine, lost income from missed time at work, future lost income if unable to return to work, permanent scars, and pain and suffering.
No Recovery, No Fee
The law firm of Estey Bomberger offers a no recovery, no fee guarantee. Our firm will advance the funds needed to prepare and litigate a bicycle accident case. We welcome all inquiries and offer free case reviews by one of our trusted Oakland bicycle accident injury lawyers. Place a phone call to our office at (510) 978-4380 or email a consultation request form. The call and email are free.