Bicycles can be a wonderful way to commute, run errands or get some exercise in California. They allow the rider to take advantage of the beautiful weather, pretty scenery and feel better physically and mentally. Unfortunately, the benefits of riding a bicycle also come with the increased risk of injury from an accident involving a car, truck or motorcycle. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a bicycle accident we encourage you to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Schurmer & Wood to discuss your case.
In California, bicyclists must follow all of the traffic laws that automobiles must follow. As a result, bicyclists must comply with traffic signals and posted signs, ride with the flow of traffic, indicate turns and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Drivers in cars must also obey the rules of the road and keep a look out for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.
While some accidents aren’t preventable, you can decrease your chance of being involved in an accident and limit the seriousness of possible injuries by taking a few precautions before you get on your bicycle.
Unfortunately, people don’t always follow the rules of the road, and as a result, accidents between bicyclists and cars happen frequently. As more people turn to bicycles as a way to get healthy, reduce their carbon foot print or minimize their use of cars and public transportation, the number of accidents between bicycles and cars has increased. Whether the driver of an automobile opens a door directly in a cyclist’s path, turns right across the cyclist’s lane of travel because the biker was in a blind spot or the driver is simply inattentive in countless other scenarios the cyclist often will end up with very serious injuries.
Obtaining the proper medical care is your most important responsibility after an accident.
Recognizing that there is no way to turn back the clock and avoid an accident, our court system provides financial compensation to accident victims.
At The Law Offices of Schurmer & Wood we understand that no amount of money can make up for the injuries you have suffered. However, we are committed to working with you to maximize your recovery and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Ensuring you receive adequate compensation may include exploring a claim against your UM/UIM insurance.
One thing you may not realize is that if you are involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, your Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage may pay for your medical care and/or time missed from work as a result of the accident. It is one situation where car insurance may come into play even though you are not driving your car. By contacting one of the attorneys at The Law Offices of Schurmer & Wood you can explore your insurance coverage and see if this option is appropriate for your case.
As a result of all of the nuances involved in handling a bicycle v. auto accident case, it is extremely important to hire an experienced and talented attorney to handle your case. At The Law Offices of Schurmer & Wood we have over 20 years of personal injury experience and would love to help you. Please call us today for a free, no obligation consultation, whether you are in Oxnard or Ventura.