A person riding a bicycle is no match for a negligent driver on the road. Despite the added vulnerability of bikes, a report found that 32 percent of Americans over age three rode a bicycle at least one day in the past year. The number of people bicycling to work also increased in the U.S. by 64 percent from 2000 to 2012. Tragically, a careless or unpredictable mistake by a person in a motor vehicle can cause a deadly bicycle accident in a single moment.
As San Diego’s oldest plaintiff’s law firm, we have been protecting the rights of catastrophically injured bike riders for decades. Our San Diego personal injury attorneys also represent families whose loved ones were killed in crashes involving careless motorists. We apply our vast experience with cutting edge technology to determine how each collision happened and the negligence that caused it. CaseyGerry has recovered seven-figure results for clients hurt in bicycle crashes.
When a person is injured or killed in a bicycle accident, the consequences reach far beyond the medical bills and crash-related expenses. The impact on the person’s family is also catastrophic. As their advocates, we help people face these devastating tragedies while bringing our extensive experience, track record of results, and collision knowledge to their case.
At CaseyGerry, we pride ourselves in undertaking thorough investigations and analyses, leaving no stone unturned and committing to holding responsible parties accountable. Using our time-tested investigation process, we help victims and their families maximize their recovery of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and fair compensation for their pain and suffering. We stay aware of any changes to state and federal laws and court systems that may affect their cases. Most importantly, our firm treats each person we help with compassion, because we know what they’re going through.
Non-Motorized Bicycles: A two-wheeled cycle with fully operative, human-powered pedals and no motor.
Motorized Bicycles: Any two-wheeled cycle with fully operative human-powered pedals, an electric motor with a power output of no more than 1,000 watts, and a maximum speed capability of 20 mph.
CaseyGerry also represents people injured in motorcycle crashes. For more information on our motorcycle cases, click here.
Contact an experienced bicycle litigation lawyer as soon as reasonably possible, recognizing that proper medical care should be your first priority. CaseyGerry has two full-time investigators to investigate bicycle accident cases. Acting quickly to preserve evidence is critical to fully protecting your rights. Nowadays, there are cameras seemingly everywhere, but it is common to loop the video so it is written over and erased in a short while. Skid marks may fade in a matter of days. Timely and proper investigation to preserve evidence is critical to protect your rights.
Bicycle accidents with injuries are personal injury cases, so the injured cyclist or surviving family (if the victim died) has two years from the accident to file a claim in California. If the bicyclist is a minor, the two-year period does not start until they turn 18. However, if the at-fault party is a government-owned entity, you have only six months after the accident to file a claim, regardless of whether you are a minor!
Never speak with an adjuster before consulting an experienced bicycle accident attorney. The adjuster’s job is to minimize payouts by the insurance company, and they are looking for information they can use to reduce the amount paid to satisfy your claim. Let your lawyer speak to the insurance company, and avoid any misunderstanding being used against you. Do not agree to be recorded. Never speak to or accept recommendations from an insurance adjuster or offer any information about your bicycle accident. You may not know all of the circumstances, nor the full extent of your injuries at the outset. Protect your rights by speaking to an experienced bicycle accident attorney first. CaseyGerry bicycle accident lawyers can be reached at (619) 238-1811.