Riverside Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents Lawyer
For many different reasons, Southern California is a great place to relax, travel and play. The region’s mediterranean weather conditions have propelled people to choose to walk or bike to their destinations. Unfortunately, anytime a pedestrian or cyclist shares the road with motor vehicles, the possibility of an accident exists.
The State of California has been suffering high rates of pedestrian and bicycle accidents for the past decade. Based on data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists have been on the rise since 2009. In 2018, 857 bicyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents across the nation. In the same year, 6,283 pedestrians died in accidents across the nation.
Traffic accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists do not always have deadly consequences; nonetheless, these types of traffic accidents may have lifelong consequences. When a person is injured while out for a walk or a bicycle ride and is struck by a moving vehicle, the likelihood that the person will suffer catastrophic injuries is high.
After an Accident, Obtain Proficient Legal Support Immediately
Pedestrians and those riding bicycles who suffer accidents from vehicles are much more likely to sustain serious injuries than those who are protected inside a motor vehicle. Statistically, more than ten percent of traffic accident deaths involved pedestrians or bicyclists being hit by vehicles. Additionally, many people sustain life-altering injuries, including head and brain injuries, while walking or riding a bicycle. If you were involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you should call an experienced Riverside pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyer. A skilled litigator can help you get the compensation you deserve.
For four decades of dedicated legal service, Attorney Gary G. Goldberg has aggressively advocated on behalf of those who have been injured as a consequence of another’s negligent actions. This track record includes victims of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you have been injured in a traffic accident or were struck by a vehicle while out for a walk, jog or a bicycle ride consider contacting Attorney Gary G. Goldberg. Call the law firm at (951) 788-8325 or request a free consultation by filling out the private online form today.
The Devastating Reality of Pedestrian Accidents in California
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 60,000 pedestrians are injured every year by motor vehicles. Regrettably, the rate of pedestrian accidents in California is far worse than the national average. According to a report published by the California Office of Traffic Safety, the problem of pedestrians being seriously injured or killed on state roads is concerning, and the issue is only growing worse. The agency reports the following:
- In 2018 alone, over 14,000 people suffered injuries while out for a walk, jog or run.
- Between the years 2014 and 2018, pedestrian accident deaths rose by 26 percent.
- Between the years 2009 and 2018, close to 7,500 pedestrians have been killed.
- The pedestrian fatality rate in the State of California is approximately 25 percent higher than the national average.
- Across the United States, no other state has more reported pedestrian fatalities on its roads and highways than the State of California.
The figures are extremely concerning, and it is important to understand the factors that pose dangers and could cause pedestrian accidents. Although there are many different factors that could cause pedestrian accidents, the most common cause of pedestrian accidents is a distracted driver.
The roads and highways in California are filled with negligent drivers – drivers who are too distracted with their cell phones, reading or doing something else that diverts their attention from the road. Negligent driving can come in many forms, including speeding, failure to stop at red lights or turning into crosswalks without looking. Negligent drivers can also include those who ignore the pedestrian right-of-way or are outright rude. All of these drivers present a risk to innocent pedestrians.
Pedestrian laws have been set in place to protect the safety of those on the road and to prevent unnecessary accidents. Pedestrian laws apply to those walking, running, roller skating, jogging or skateboarding through the streets. When a traffic law has been broken by a negligent driver and this results in an accident, it is necessary to obtain legal help from an experienced professional. An experienced attorney will ensure the liable party is held accountable for his or her negligent actions.
Bicycle Accidents Rates Have Hit a Record High
Cycling has become increasingly popular in the State of California. Unfortunately, along with the surge in popularity, bicycle accidents have also drastically increased. According to data compiled by the NHTSA, it has reported that from 2016 to 2018, more bicyclists have lost their lives in traffic accidents across the State of California than during any other three-year period in the last 25 years.
When a person is riding a bicycle along roads or city streets, the cyclist will be at a high risk of injury due to the lack of protection. Bicyclists do not have the body protection most people have when traveling on a road. In the event of an accident, bicyclists are likely to suffer serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, facial injuries, broken bones and road rash.
While it is important to understand that bicycle accidents can be caused by a wide range of negligent actions. These reasons include:
- Motorists failing to notice a bicyclist at an intersection, in a designated bike lane or at a stop sign.
- Motorists hitting a bicyclist while backing out of a driveway.
- Road defects – large potholes or dangerous curves.
Anytime a cyclist is injured in a bicycle accident caused by another’s negligence, there is an opportunity to recover financial compensation from the at-fault party. Depending on what party is at fault, filing a claim can be an incredibly challenging endeavor. Fortunately, bicycle accident victims can seek proficient legal counsel.
Obtain a Free Consultation From an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Traffic accidents are always serious and any accident has the potential to cause serious injuries. But, when a pedestrian or a cyclist is struck by a moving vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic. Depending on the severity of the injury, the accident can result in pain and suffering, emotional distress, and serious economic hardship. Fortunately, compensation can be sought from the at-fault party through a personal injury claim. Most cases will require extensive legal knowledge and experience to have a successful outcome.
If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, obtain the legal support of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work tirelessly on your case. A proficient attorney will thoroughly investigate your case, collect crucial evidence on your behalf and ensure you obtain the highest compensation available to you.
Whenever a car crashes into a pedestrian or cyclist, the injuries are likely to be devastating. After being injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, consider contacting personal injury attorney Gary G. Goldberg. For 40 years, Attorney Goldberg has aggressively advocated on behalf of those injured at the hands of another’s careless or negligent actions. Attorney Goldberg understands the complexities of personal injury claims, and he understands that a majority of claims will be vigorously challenged by the at-fault party. With his tenacity, resilience and experience, Attorney Goldberg is prepared to handle the most challenging cases. As an experienced Riverside pedestrian and bicycle injury attorney, Attorney Goldberg will investigate the case, assess the damages caused and protect his client’s legal rights for fair compensation. There is no cost to speak to Attorney Gary G. Goldberg. Consider calling him today at (951) 788-8325 for your free case evaluation.