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Bicycle Accidents in Orange County

Along the Orange County coastline you will increasingly see bicycle riders everywhere. Many individuals in California with a short commute choose a bicycle as their means of transportation to avoid traffic. In many cities their popularity is so great that special bike lanes set aside part of the roadway exclusively for cyclists.

Cycling becomes very dangerous when bike riders share the road with with cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Even with bike lanes and right of way laws, many motor vehicle drivers are careless and even reckless around bicycles. Because bicycles are fast, fragile and inconspicuous by comparison with motor vehicles, some drivers have a hard time noticing them. Every year many cyclists are involved in serious crashes with vehicles as a result.

Bicycle Accident Lawyers With Experience

Silverthorne Attorneys notes any bicycle accident could potentially result in serious injuries; damage that could affect a person for the rest of their life. Similar to motorcycle accidents, bicycle accident victims have very little to protect them during a crash. After impact with a vehicle, there really isn’t much guarding a cyclist from the possible crushing force of other vehicles, pavement, curbs, trees, and mailboxes. People who are involved in bicycle accidents tend to suffer from broken bones, head trauma, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, crushed limbs, and road rash. Serious injuries can entail costly medical procedures, therapy, and perhaps even long-term care from a medical professional. Permanent disability and even death may result from a minor collision. A bicycle accident attorney from the Silverthorne Law Firm will take control of your case and situation to make sure you receive the medical attention needed and fair compensation to pay for expenses resulting from your bicycle accident injuries.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • In 2009 the average age of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles was 41 years, up from 32 years in 1998, and 24 in 1988.
  • 87 percent of those killed were male.
  • 64 percent of those killed were between the ages of 25 and 64.
  • 13 percent of those killed in 2008 were under age 16, down from 30 percent of those killed in 1998.
  • The average age of bicyclists injured in crashes with motor vehicles was 31 years, up from 24 years in 1998.
  • 80 percent of those injured were male.
  • 51 percent of those injured were between the ages of 25 and 64.
  • 20 percent of those injured were under age 16.

Every year in the United States, half a million bicyclists are treated for injuries resulting from bicycle accidents. Silverthorne Attorneys notes that many of these accidents result from negligent vehicle drivers, and at Silverthorne Attorneys we make it our goal to hold these negligent drivers responsible for their actions. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident and you believe another person to be responsible, you should immediately consult with an injury lawyer at our firm.

We Help With Bicycle Rider Victims in the many Orange County Cities.

Silverthorne Attorneys is a law firm representing casualties resulting from bicycle accidents, their family and friends, with a high rate of successful verdicts in our advocacy of all types of catastrophic losses in Orange County, as well as the other bicycling towns and communities throughout California.

Experienced lawyers can help you find coverage from all potential sources of compensation, including insurance, and even hidden asset tracing through private investigation.

Benefits of Interviewing With Premier Bicycle Injury Lawyers

Most people don’t realize that bicyclists endure an astonishing percentage of deaths and permanent injuries resulting from motor vehicle incidents, such as passenger cars running over the riders, etc. Of course, this figure also includes big trucks and other large vehicles. And the NHSTA verifies that in many of the cases, the bicycle rider is not the person responsible for the wreck. In fact, just the opposite is true. In 2011, the NHTSA reported that of the 677 deaths, and 48,000 bicycle rider injuries on roadways in the U.S., the motor vehicles were at fault more often than not.

Ian Silverthorne, has first hand knowledge of this, as he himself is a rider and victim of near misses as well as hits. He understands that bicyclists are even targeted by "road rage" drivers, or simply ignored and run off the road, ending up in the gutter, with serious wounds. It got so bad in the Inland Empire, that there is now a law on the books that lets riders use the sidewalk in some Inland Empire metro areas. The fact is, people don’t look out for us bikers and this is a threat to life and limb that does not get enough attention in the news. In fact, bicycle operators have the same rights, duties and obligations as any other operator of a motorized conveyance, except where as provided by law (bike lanes, sidewalk riding ordinances, etc.)

Some Examples of How Rider Injuries Happen

  • Children are more likely to die from bicycle crashes at non-intersection locations (66 percent), during the months of May to August (55 percent), and between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (39 percent).
  • Nearly 60 percent of all childhood bicycle-related deaths occur on minor roads. The typical bicycle/motor vehicle crash occurs within one mile of the bicyclist’s home.
  • Children ages 4 and under are more likely to be injured in non-street locations around the home (driveway, garage, yard) than are children ages 5 to 14.
  • Among children ages 14 and under, more than 80 percent of bicycle-related fatalities are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior including, riding into a street without stopping; turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind; running a stop sign; and riding against the flow of traffic.
  • Injuries related to the use of bicycle-mounted child seats typically occur when the bicycle crashes or tips over and when the child falls out of the seat. Falls account for 80 percent of these injuries.

Most cycling accidents happen in urban areas where most cycling takes place. Almost two thirds of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions at, or near, a road junction, with T junctions being the most commonly involved. Roundabouts are particularly dangerous junctions for cyclists. Not surprisingly, the severity of injuries suffered by cyclists increases with the speed limit, meaning that riders are more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries on higher speed roads. Almost half of cyclist deaths occur on rural roads.

If you were seeking just any bicycle accident law and came across this site, you lucked out. Silverthorne Attorneys is run by an experienced bike rider with years of technical and legal expertise in taking on insurance companies as a champion for consumer rights in Orange County, California. We are aggressive, trusted professionals when you hire us. If you were hurt, have gravel stuck in your elbows and knees, a split lip or skull even though your were wearing your helmet, you cannot delay in retaining a seasoned adviser.

Ian Silverthorne is an expert on negligence per se, knows the local municipal codes, as well as the "bicycle" sections of the California Vehicle Code and how to use them to get leverage over your legal adversaries. Typically these types of accidents involve broken teeth and smashed skulls and you can’t mess around. You need a highly assertive, respectful and honest representative pursuing economic recovery for your cause, both in and out of court. We aggressively pursue compensation for your shocking incident. After all, it was caused by no fault of yours.

If our attorneys take your claim on, it is our mission to leave no stone unturned. Accordingly, it is our policy as needed, to seek out non retained medical experts, get you a work up on your future, past and present pain and suffering, getting a bio mechanic or accident re-constructionist, and even a life care planner. This is one of the ways we act to mitigate your losses and to pin the legal liability on the answerable opponent and get you paid the greatest amount allowable under the law, for your serious injuries.

We make sure we don’t become a party to your case, and have professional investigators, or you, get us statements from first party witnesses and lock in their statements and recollections. Of course, since we are local, we already known the streets and will go to the Traffic Collision locations and see it for ourselves. This way we can put ourselves in your shoes and give you assurance that you have an empathetic, compassionate fighter in your corner.

Bicycles Are a Major Form of Transportation for Many
College Kids

If you have a college student attending Santa Monica College, Berkeley, Loyola, or UCLA, for example, you will have noticed they often ride bikes to get around town.

Delivery Messengers

Doubtless you will have seen and bike messengers delivering packages, or cyclists in cities like Venice Beach, or Santa Monica, get run over by out of control cars.

Helmets are No Guarantee Against a Head Injury While Riding
Injured at Orange County bicycle common streets
Kids & Parents

Parents often carry a child on their bicycle, which can cause bike injuries to children. Even with a safety helmet, riders like children are in harm’s way every day. Children and parents are required to obey bicycle helmet laws to help avoid quadriplegia and paraplegia.

Brain Damage
About 75% of all bicyclists who die each year die of head injuries. 85% of head injuries in bicycle accidents can be prevented by wearing a helmet. The facts are that you or someone you love could develop a serious and traumatic brain injury from a devastating car accident like in hitting a bike or the asphalt with your head. As your already aware, a car crash can easily destroy lives and ruin a bicyclist’s mental and physical health. These devastating cycling accident injuries can also keep you from making a living, and can make it impossible for you to live a normal life you once enjoyed.

When You Retain Counsel is Just as Important as Who You Hire

The faster you retain Inland Empire bike crash lawyers, the better for your case. Swift action from experienced advocates in necessary. We get involved in investigating your case immediately. You need to get started building evidence for settlement and trial. The faster we get started, the better chances you will be successful in getting maximum monetary compensation for you and the other accident victims. Quality lawyers are just as important. They will help you locate qualified doctors like orthopedic physicians, who treat injured pro athletes.

Having experts like that on our side helps the jury understand the seriousness of your pain and suffering. It also gains us respect in dealing with skeptical insurance providers obligated to compensate injured victims such as you

Our vast legal experience in dealing with insurance defense lawyers gives us that special knowledge, training and skill required to win you a verdict or settlement. Get the compensation you deserve for head injuries, blown discs, dog bites, broken bones, and other serious injuries from bicycle accidents that are so common at Ocean Beach in San Diego, and Goldenwest Street, in Huntington Beach, California. This is our territory. This is where we live and work!

The Many Intricacies of These Road Accident Claims

Baby injuries on a bicycle are a real risk Our vast legal knowledge and experience in the many facets and intricacies of cyclist claims, give us expert knowledge about issues like:

  • Government roadway pothole liability which is a road way defect that could be from lack of reasonable maintenance; this causes bicycle injuries;
  • Dog attacks while riding your bikes;
  • Slippery conditions on beach bike paths;
  • Homeowners or workers comp insurance coverage that may apply in your bicycle injury case;

Special legal knowledge about what to do get compensation for a special needs victim that a bicycle crash makes. This could be short term, long term, partial or total disability. This may require you to have power of legal attorney, conservatorship, or guardianship, such as a special needs trusts, and dealing with third party creditors who may simply need to hear what is going on.
Put Our Experience on Your Side
Do not make the mistake of getting injured and trying to deal with the insurance adjuster yourself. It is almost impossible to get a resounding victory with a qualified bicycle lawyer to assist you in the resolution from start to finish. In fact, you can make the case less attractive if you mess it up when negotiating with the insurance company.

An Orange County bicycle accident attorney can deal directly with the insurance company in a way that positions you for the best outcome. Insurance adjusters and big, self insured corporations attempt to low ball you and give you as little as possible. They may even trick you into giving a recorded statement, and tank your whole case. They are experts at psychological warfare. This is the favored position or circumstance of the insurer.

Sometimes the despotic insurance company will try and run out the statute of limitations, all the while pretending to be your friend. Don’t say, or sign anything without speaking to a seasoned legal warrior first.

We are a pre eminent law firm. We are professional and compassionate in representing clients.We assist in wrongful death claims and lawsuits for people who have lost loved ones in car v.bicycle accidents, or some other single vehicle collision in Southern California. These shocking events are often caused by violations of Vehicle Code Laws & Negligence. Contact Silverthorne Attorneys and put our experienced track record to work for your family after a serious, injurious bicycle accident. Call now at (888) 888-5548.

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