Nadrich & Cohen is a Modesto, CA bicycle accident law firm which specializes in helping Modesto residents who have been seriously injured in bicycle accidents. Don’t hesitate to contact our aggressive, respected bicycle attorneys for a free case evaluation.
Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Most bicyclists know that cycling can be dangerous and do everything they can to prevent bicycle accidents. However, no one ever actually expects to get in a serious bike accident.
Experienced bicycle lawyers like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen can assist you in your post-accident recovery. A lawyer can assist in negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company for you. This is important because insurance adjusters are trained to manipulate you into saying things they can use to pay you less. An attorney can perform an evaluation on your case to figure out if a lawsuit is necessary.
Obtaining the services of a bicycle accident lawyer gives you the highest odds of obtaining the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries after a bike accident.
A good bicycle lawyer will offer you a free consultation to talk about your accident and your legal options.
It’s important that you hire experienced lawyers with a proven track record of successfully obtaining large recoveries for bicycle accident victims, lawyers like the lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen. We have successfully recovered $500,000 for a cyclist who ran into a private club’s overgrown branches which were hanging over a county bicycle path.
Bike Accidents Are All Too Common
Bicyclists encounter unique forms of danger on Modesto’s roads. Drivers of vehicles often don’t see bicyclists in bike or traffic lanes. Modesto saw 87 bicycle collisions in 2019 according to UC Berkeley.
Occupants of motor vehicles have the luxury of being protected by airbags, seat belts and a metal vehicle frame. Bicyclists don’t have this luxury. They usually don’t have anything but a helmet to protect themselves in an accident. It’s not surprising, for this reason, that 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2018. Cyclists who survive a bicycle accident often sustain serious injuries like head trauma, spinal cord injury, broken bones and lacerations even if they are wearing proper safety gear.
California Bicycle Laws
Bicyclists are given the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers by the California Vehicle Code’s section 21200. Bicyclists must give pedestrians the right of way, must not operate a bicycle under the influence and must obey traffic signals just like motor vehicle drivers.
California law requires that motor vehicle drivers give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing them or driving parallel to them. It is illegal in California to stop or park in a bicycle lane.
Bicyclists have a right to move into a lane of traffic even if they are moving more slowly than the traffic when:
- Getting ready for a left turn
- Avoiding roadway hazards
- A lane is too narrow for the cyclist to share it
- Approaching an authorized right turn
Cyclists in California must ride with the flow of traffic unless making a left turn, passing, riding on a road which is too narrow, riding on a one-way street or when road construction forces the right side of the road to be closed. California bicyclists, when a bike lane is present, must use the bike lane if they’re moving more slowly than the flow of traffic unless they are passing, making a left turn, approaching a right turn or avoiding a hazard.
Some states always find the car driver at fault in an accident involving a bicycle and a car. This isn’t the case under California law. The negligent party is at fault under California law and is responsible for any and all damages. California law defines negligence as “failing to act in a manner expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances.”
If the person who caused your accident was breaking traffic laws when the accident occurred, this could be critical evidence that they acted negligently in causing your accident. California law views the violation of public safety laws, including most traffic laws, as inherently negligent. This means that you typically don’t need to prove the at fault party should have acted differently if they were breaking a traffic law.
Our experienced bicycle accident attorneys know exactly how to prove that your bicycle accident caused personal injury or property damage, that the at fault party acted negligently and that this negligence directly caused the accident.
Bicycle Accident Damages
Many different types of damages can be obtained in a bicycle accident lawsuit. These include but are not limited to:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of employment benefits
- Emotional distress
Other damage types may be available to you and an experienced bike crash lawyer will be able to identify all damages you’re entitled to recovery for and recover them for you.
Bicycle Accident Lawsuits
The lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen have been representing bicycle accident victims since 1990 and possess over 70 years of combined legal experience. This vast experience means they know all the tricks in the book for obtaining you the largest possible financial recovery for your injuries. Our lawyers are bicycle experts, being avid cyclists themselves and being members of the League of American Bicyclists and California Bicycle Coalitions.
We represent bicycle accident victims on a contingency fee basis. This means that bike crash victims will never owe us any money for our services. We only charge our clients a percentage of their recovery, so our clients are never charged if we don’t obtain them a recovery.
Call us today at (209) 232-2933 for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident. You may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries. You can also chat with our live chat, email us at email@example.com or complete the “Do I Have A Case?” free case evaluation form.