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Overcoming Bicycle Accidents with Cars

July 30, 2020 — by John Conger
Tags: Bicycle Accident Attorney

A man riding a bike on a busy streetBicycles are a fun and affordable way to commute to work, exercise, or just get outside, but sharing the road with cars can lead to major accidents with serious injuries. In these unfortunate circumstances, a bicycle accident attorney can help victims seek compensation for their injuries and other damages. 

Often, injuries sustained in bicycle accidents with cars in and around Stockton, CA, and Walnut Creek, CA, result in permanent damage, expensive medical bills, and a loss of income from missed work. The attorneys of Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, help victims get the maximum settlement for their injuries and are ready to help you. 

A Closer Look at Car Accidents and Cyclists

Cyclists are particularly vulnerable when involved in a collision with an automobile. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries and over 1,000 deaths in 2015 alone. 

Car accidents with cyclists can happen for many reasons in Stockton and nearby areas. Sometimes they're caused by drivers following too closely or driver distraction, or a car may stop abruptly and cause a cyclist to collide with the car. 

Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries

When a collision occurs between a cyclist and a car, it is obviously the cyclist who is most likely to be hurt. The severity of injuries may range from mild cuts to catastrophic brain injuries or other life-changing injuries. The extent of injuries depends on many factors, like the speed of the cyclist and car as well as how the cyclist was hit. 

It's also common for cyclists to suffer from multiple injuries when they are involved in a collision with a car or other motor vehicle. Some examples include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Dislocated joints
  • Abrasions or lacerations
  • Sprains or ligament injuries
  • Dental injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries, which may result in paralysis
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Seeking Damages for Injuries

When a cyclist is injured because of the negligence of someone driving a car, it may be possible to recover damages for injuries, lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Although no amount of money can take away the trauma of a bicycle accident with a car, it can help ease the financial burden of severe injuries for accident victims. 

Consulting an attorney as soon as possible after an accident is important to preserve evidence and build a strong case so that accident victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

Contact Our Firm Today

Cyclists involved in accidents with cars may face mounting medical bills, loss of work, a loss of future earnings, and other damages that can impact their quality of life. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident with a car, you are not alone. Our attorneys can review the details of your case and help you seek compensation for your injuries. Take the first step towards a brighter future today and schedule a consultation using our online form. You can also reach the attorneys of Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, by calling (209) 477-8171.