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Watsonville Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Riding a bicycle is growing in popularity as physical activity and an economical means of travel. Unfortunately, drivers often fail to undertake the care required to respect the space around bicyclists. If you suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, you might face mounting medical expenses and an inability to work. It’s important to know that you have options. Contact qualified Watsonville bicycle accident lawyers to help you recover compensation from the driver who caused your injuries.

What Are Common Bicycle Accident Injuries? 

Despite the best efforts to bike cautiously, obey all rules of the road, and stay aware of motorists around you, bicycle accidents continue to happen. Even a minor bike accident can result in severe injuries. The most common bicycle accident injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries; 
  • Paralysis and loss of motor control; 
  • Bone fractures;
  • Soft tissue damage; 
  • Disfigurement; 
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage. 

Speaking with a qualified Watsonville bicycle accident attorney is your first step in getting the compensation you need to aid in your recovery from these serious injuries. 

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Watsonville bicycle accident lawyersHow Do I Prove My Case?

A vital element of any bicycle accident lawsuit involves proving the other party’s negligence. To establish negligence, you must show the following: 

  • Duty–The driver owed you a duty of care to drive reasonably. 
  • Breach–The driver breached this duty and failed to drive reasonably. 
  • Causation–This breach of duty caused your injuries. 
  • Damages–You suffered losses due to the driver’s negligence.

Proving negligence requires the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney. Understanding the requirements to establish a strong case on your behalf means the difference between recovering what you deserve and recovering far less.  

What Is the Average Settlement for Bicycle Accident Lawsuits? 

All bicycle accident claims are unique. For this reason, an average settlement doesn’t exist. However, your attorney may determine what factors may affect how much you recover from your claim. 

Medical Expenses 

If you suffer severe injuries, your current and future medical expense needs may be extremely high. Generally speaking, the more serious your injuries, the more extended medical care you require. 

Lost Wages 

As you recover from your injuries, you may be unable to work. Settlement discussions should include lost wages for days you missed work and your future loss of earnings. For example, due to permanent injuries or disability, you may be unable to work the same job you had before your accident.

Pain and Suffering and Other Non-Economic Losses 

Getting hit by a car is a highly traumatic event. You may be suffering emotionally, in addition to your physical injuries. Many people injured in bike accidents take months or years to fully recover from the long-lasting mental anguish resulting from your experience. Included in this portion of compensation is loss of consortium. In general terms, loss of consortium means that your relationships with your spouse and family may suffer in the wake of such a traumatic event. These damages often account for a large portion of your financial compensation and are vital to your recovery. 

Comparative Fault 

Some states bar the recovery of any compensation if you are found to be even the slightest bit at fault. California, on the other hand, is a pure comparative negligence state, which means that you can still recover compensation even if you hold some liability for your bicycle accident. Your payout, settlement, or jury award is reduced based on your share of fault. 

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Contact a Watsonville Bicycle Accident Attorney 

You may feel overwhelmed, angry, and confused after a bicycle accident. At Silva Injury Law, we understand the swirl of emotions you are experiencing. As you recover from your injuries, we are with you every step of the way. We look out for your best interest and work diligently to achieve the best result for you. Our Watsonville bicycle accident lawyers never charge injured victims upfront to handle their case. We offer free in-person or remote consultations to determine the facts of your case and your legal options. We advance the costs of your case and don’t get paid until you receive a settlement or judgment. We fight hard for every case and never fear going to trial if necessary. Contact us today for a free consultation.