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Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Your day began innocently enough, you decided to ride your bicycle and it’s not the first time you’ve done so. But everything changes in a heartbeat: A car, driven by a woman busy texting, collides with you. The last thing you recall is being thankful that your mom made you promise to wear a helmet when you ride your bike in the city. In that instant, you became part of a national trend.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, bicycle-related accidents are on the upswing. In 2012 alone, 726 people died from bicycle-related crashes, up from a 682 bicycle fatalities reported in 2011. Like you, nobody else likely saw their accident coming, but the sad fact is, bicycle-related injuries rose to 49,000 in 2012. So, you never thought you d become a statistic and you never thought you would need the name of a personal injury attorney particularly on the fateful day you decided to bike to work. Time to do something about your plight, whether you re at fault or not. Turn things around with help from one of Southern California s most respected, experienced, personal injury resources: El Dabe Law Firm. You need compensation. We can get it on your behalf while you set about your journey to recover your health.
It’s not your fault or maybe it is.
The National Safety Council reports injury and death costs resulting from bicycle-related accidents at about average $4 billion a year. Sadly, bicycle riders are over-represented in crash data, the result of traveling with little in the way of body protection. You understood this and followed all the rules: Cycled on the right side of the street, avoided dark, rainy weather whenever possible and when you did go out, you may even have attached reflector strips to your bike perhaps even your clothing so you couldn t be missed. Despite these precautions, you still went from bicycling on a pleasant morning to the back of an ambulance without warning. You re hurt. You re confused. But, not so confused that you don t realize that you need legal help. But not any law firm will do. You need a firm with deep understanding of how to handle a case involving bicycle-related accidents. At El Dabe Law Firm we’re experts. Keep reading to learn why
Sometimes, we think that our practice should be called been there, done that, because there’s not a single scenario involving bicycle riders and accidents that we haven t undertaken many times over at the El Dabe Law Firm. Our clients have been hit by cars, fallen into traffic, been felled by streets and roads in disrepair that sent them flying off their wheels, but what they all have in common is that their cases revolved around an incident involving a bicycle. Our clients have been victims of dramatic crashes and collisions. At the other end of the continuum, we ve assisted those who were injured because a child, a ball or a dog ran into the street and a collision was inevitable. Here s the point: Every single case we handle is equally weighted; we never give clients short shrift because their particular incident is less complex than others. We treat every client with the dignity, respect and attention they deserve. We want to see clients fairly compensated for their injuries and we re willing to do what it takes to move a case along as fast as possible, so they don t languish in the land of litigation so long, their lives are ruined.
We don’t work alone.
Your entire body was traumatized when you suffered your bicycle injury and we rely upon professional colleagues to help us get to the bottom of your case. Whether your unique situation requires an investigator, meetings with police, hospital emergency room staff, local Department of Transportation officials or actuaries computing settlement numbers that compensate bicycle riders for their injuries, you can count on a full team of people working on your behalf. At El Dabe Law Firm we get our hands on your crash records, police reports, witness statements, emergency room charts and data necessary to assess the complete picture of your incident. We ve even hauled a bike into our offices because it wasn t collected at the scene and we knew it could make our case. Here s something not every bicycle accident victim can say: We keep clients informed every time there s news that s case related so they don t find themselves lying abed, worrying about finances and the future.
We know the territory.
At El Dabe Law Firm, our expertise covers a lot of Southern California–from Los Angeles to San Bernardino and from Riverside to Orange County. Every city, town and county has unique personal injury laws, and we ve got all of these bases covered because we ve been in this specialty practice for decades. We have a bit of a reputation as pit bulls: Because we know the lay of the land, we cut to the chase, work closely with neighborhood insurance companies and courts to get clients the money they need to recover and get on with their lives. Every attorney practicing at El Dabe Law prides himself or herself on high standards, dedication and compassion. As a member of our professional communities in Southern California, we have a deep, collective belief in making sure we perform to the highest standards. After all, we live in these communities, too.
A matter of trust.
We don t have to tell you that when the topic of accident remuneration and settlements arise, people change their attitudes and the gloves can come off. At El Dabe Law Firm we don t just expect this, we anticipate and prepare for it, which is why we are consistently prepared to do battle on behalf of even our newest clients. Obtaining the compensation you and your family need isn t just a necessity to us, it s a moral obligation and we pride ourselves on working quickly and expeditiously because you don t have time to wait. Some of our clients have health insurance. Some don t. We work with folks who have no experience with Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers and courts and those who know the system well. Whatever your unique circumstance may be, we settle claims for clients who suffer short-term disabilities, emotional traumas and those who may not be able to work again. We are the voices of those whose accidents result in death. Of course, we wouldn t be able to do any of this without the full trust of our clients and we work hard to earn it every day.
How we can help you.
Putting El Dabe Law Firm on speed dial might be a wise move if you happen to be clairvoyant and had a premonition that an accident was coming, but that’s a plot out of a science fiction film. You are going to have to get the ball rolling with an initial call to our Los Angeles bicycle accident law firm. We will meet with you for a free consultation and whether it that meeting takes place in one of our offices, a hospital room or your home, we will be there when you need us. Here s the best part: We pay your legal costs up front and you don t pay us until we win your case. You read that right. We win your case or you don t pay a penny. This promise covers every conceivable case. Remember: whether you re in the wrong or the right, we re prepared to fight.
Don t take our word for it.
At El Dabe Law Firm, we appreciate our clients but we don t expect more than our fee, so when testimonials from satisfied clients flow in, we’re thrilled. Phyllis W. gushed about our kindness, persistency, honesty and understanding; she stands ready to recommend us down the road. We could pile on the nice words, but you want assurances that your case is the only one on our radar so you re not destroyed by huge medical bills and a painfully slow legal system. We’re prepared to negotiate on your behalf with everyone under the sun until a suitable settlement is reached or we take your case to a jury. At El Dabe Law Firm, there s not a medical case we haven t litigated head trauma, crushed bones, spinal cord injuries, lacerations and internal injuries caused by bicycle riders who have encountered trees, cars, mailboxes, motorcycles, pavement and other obstacles. Your case is our mission. Its the reason we have settled so many wrongful injury lawsuits involving bicycles: Whether you re in the wrong or the right, we re prepared to fight. Find out just how hard we will fight for you by making a no-cost, no-obligation phone call to our offices immediately: (888)333-8882.
What are my rights and responsibilities as a bicycle rider?
In the state of California, it is estimated that more than 100 people die each year riding a bicycle. There are hundreds of thousands of people who annually get injured riding a bicycle. A certain number of crashes are caused by the behavior of bicyclists. Most of the others are caused by mistakes of people who are driving some type of vehicle. It’s important for drivers and bicyclists in California to understand that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. They are subject to the same rules and regulations.
How Should A Bicyclist Ride On A Roadway?
A bicyclist traveling on a roadway and going less than the accepted speed of traffic must ride as close as possible to the right-hand curb or the edge of roadway. Exceptions are possible when a bicyclist is overtaking another bicyclist or vehicle traveling in the same direction. Getting ready to make a left hand turn into an intersection or private driveway. A bicyclist can move away from the right when they must do it to avoid some type of fixed or moving object. They can also move away from the right should it be unsafe for them to continue down the right side of a road.
What Are Bicycle Lights And reflectors?
It is the law in the state of California for a bicyclist to have lights and reflectors. A person’s bicycle should be equipped with a front light that can provide visibility for a distance of 300 feet. A bicycle must come with a brake system that enables the rider to make a one break wheel stop when it is on clean, level and dry pavement. A bicycle must also have a reflector on the back of it that’s red and can be seen from a distance of 500 feet. Each pedal must have a reflector that is yellow or white. If this is not possible, a bicyclist’s can have reflective material on their shoes or ankles. The reflectors on the pedals, ankles or shoes must be visible from a distance of 200 feet.
What Is Three Foot Passing Distance?
When a driver passes a bicyclist, they must have a minimum of three feet between them and the person riding the bicycle. Should this not be possible, a driver needs to slow down to a reasonable speed and slowly pass the bicyclist. A driver can only pass a bicyclist when it is not a threat to the life of the bicycle rider.
How Should A Bicyclist Handle Traffic Signs And Signals?
A person riding a bicycle is required by law to stop at all red signal lights and stop signs. It is recommended they also stop at yellow lights. Many times bicyclists have gone quickly through a yellow light and have not been able to make it across an intersection prior to the traffic light changing. Doing this could easily result in an accident.
What Are The Helmet Laws?
Any person under the age of 18 riding a bike on a public bicycle path, trail, bikeway or the street must wear a helmet according to California law. This also includes any children who are being towed in a trailer behind a bicycle or sitting in a restraining seat on a bicycle. The helmet must meet the standards of the Snell Memorial Foundation or American National Standards Institute. A bicycle helmet should have a label confirming it meets these standards.
Should A Bicyclist Ride With Traffic?
A bicyclist must ride in the same direction as traffic. This will make a bicyclist more visible to drivers coming onto a road or changing lanes. Once a bicyclist is noticed, a driver should be looking for any types of conflicts. When a bicyclist is riding down a one-way street, they can ride on the left. They must still ride with traffic when going down a one-way street.
Is There Bicycle DUI?
There are specific laws in the California Vehicle Code (CVC) that are designed for individuals who ride a bicycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is against the law in California to ride a bicycle when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Should a bicycle rider be charged by law enforcement with bicycle DUI, a fine of up to $250 could be given to the guilty party. This applies to a bicyclist who is over 21 years old. Should a bicyclist be over 13 and under 21, they could have their driving privileges suspended for a year. If they are not eligible to drive, they could be required wait an additional year before being eligible to drive.