Bicycle Accidents

bicycle-accident

Fresno Bicyclist Accident Attorney

Types of Bicyclist Accidents That
We Can Help With

When a bicyclist is hit by a car, the bicyclist is usually injured more seriously than the car’s occupants. A bicycle crashing through the windshield may, of course, seriously injure the driver or front-seat passenger as well. 

  • Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Accidents 
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents 
  • Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accidents

A bicyclist is often thrown in the air upon impact — resulting in severe and catastrophic injuries such as the following: 

  • Spinal cord injuries, occurring when a person’s back or neck is broken— often resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia 
  • Brain injuries whether or not the bicyclist was wearing a helmet 
  • Back and neck injuries 
  • Broken bones 
  • Scraped skin 
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • These injuries come about through traumatic contact with the car, the street and/or the bicycle itself. 

What should you do after a Bicycle Accident?

Safety first!

  1. Most people who suffer a bicycle accident are immediately transported to the hospital for treatment.

Document Everything

Ask a loved one to help so you can concentrate on getting well

  1. Take photographs of your injuries
  2. Get a police report 
  3. Get any witnesses names and contact information
  4. Get a statement with your phone of what the witness saw happen

Don’t wait. Call a personal injury attorney right away.

  1. You pay nothing unless we win your case.
  2. Attorney Tim Mazzela is available 24 hours a day to meet with you by phone, via video chat, or in person. Because of COVID, we cannot come to homes or hospitals, but we can handle your business.

Why Hire a Bicycle Accident Attorney?

Finding all of the available compensation is not as straightforward as it may seem. Insurance companies are notorious for failing to volunteer key information. A skilled and diligent personal injury attorney, like Tim Mazzela, can make a significant difference in the final settlement or verdict paid out to the injured person.

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, sources of compensation may include the following: 

  • Insurance policies belonging to the driver or drivers of the vehicle(s) involved 
  • Underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage belonging to the person riding the bicycle 
  • Homeowners’ insurance or auto insurance belonging to people who live in the same household as the injured person 
  • Disability insurance policies (short term or long term) 

When should you call a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?

After your preliminary medical treatment, your next step should be to call Tim Mazzela’s office. We can help you receive proper medical attention so you can focus on your recovery while we begin the work of building your case in this complicated area of law.  

What can I be compensated for when I’m a Victim of a Bicycle Accident? 

Placing a value on a case takes years of legal expertise. To determine the value of a case, Fresno personal injury attorney Tim Mazzela draws on decades of experience with his verdicts and settlements, reviews other prominent lawyers’ verdicts and settlements, and uses resources not available to the general public.

Economic Damages

California law recognizes the following items as Economic Damages:

  • Past medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Past wage loss
  • Future wage loss
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Past and future surgeries
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Loss of household services
  • Modifying your home to accommodate the disability
  • Out-of-pocket expenses you incurred to accommodate the injuries and disabilities caused the accident.

Non-Economic damages

California law recognizes the following items as Non-Economic Damages:

  • Impact on your personal life
  • Impact on your family relationships
  • Impact on your professional life
  • Disfigurement
  • The impact on your life and your family’s lives
  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Inconvenience
  • Mental/emotional distress
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Temporary disability
  • Permanent disability