Burbank Bike Accident Lawyer
Burbank has a lot of people that use a bicycle to commute to work or just to ride for fun around the city.
Like most cities in Los Angeles, Burbank is known for having amazing weather and it seems like the sun shines everyday.
If you (or your family members) do ride a bicycle around Burbank then you’ll want to read this entire article to better understand bike safety, bike laws in California, and what to do if you’ve been injured in a bike crash.
Getting hit by a car can result in severe injuries, or even fatalities.
Even though you can’t eliminate an accident completely, there are things you can do as a bicyclist to minimize your chances of being injured.
People riding a bike get hit by cars reversing out of their driveways, UPS delivery trucks that are in a hurry, or it could just be a new teenage driver that hits you the day after they got a drivers license.
If you need a Burbank bike accident lawyer then contact us today.
Why Contact Law Offices of Daniel Kim
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you will need a very experienced Burbank bike accident lawyer to represent you with the insurance companies.
Dealing with mounting medical bills, time off work, police reports and insurance companies can be time consuming and very stressful.
We can help you.
Daniel Kim is an experienced Burbank bike accident attorney that understands how insurance companies work.
We have over 1000 positive reviews on Google and Yelp.
We will help you receive both immediate and follow up medical care.
We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
We treat all clients with compassion and dignity while negotiating aggressively with the insurance companies and all other parties on your behalf so that you can concentrate on making a full and speedy recovery.
What Can I expect From Our Initial Consultation
This is an incredibly important first step.
During this first meeting, Daniel will ask questions about what happened, gather all the relevant facts and information, and explain some of the laws that may affect your case.
We will then offer advice and our opinion on what we believe to be the best course of action moving forward.
At The Law Office of Daniel Kim, we encourage our clients to ask questions.
We want you to be both informed and comfortable, knowing that we truly have your best interests at heart.
It is very important to let a good Burbank bike accident lawyer represent you, don’t just hire somebody from the Yellow Pages.
What Kind of Settlement Can I Expect From a Bike Accident
That’s a difficult question as all cases and claims are different and unique, and will depend a lot on the severity of injuries sustained in the accident.
In most cases, you will be able to seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Surgery costs
- Rehabilitation and/or therapy
- Loss of earnings
- Nuring care
- In some cases, you may also be able to claim other damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
Actual damages that you may recover in a personal injury claim and lawsuit after a bike accident in Burbank will depend of circumstances and facts.
Call Daniel Kim and his experienced legal team today so we can explain the types of compensation you may be able to recover.
Hiring the best Burbank bike accident lawyer is a key step in getting your life back on track.
Pay No Fees Unless We Win Your Case
Our Burbank bike accident lawyers work on a contingency basis, proving how confident Daniel Kim is that he can help you and your family.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim has a 99% client satisfaction rating and we are here to help you.
We can help you get proper medical treatment and you will not pay any money when we take on your case.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim will cover whatever reasonable fees are required to win your case.
After we win your case then our fees (that were already agreed upon in the beginning) will come from the compensation award and settlement.
We believe this guarantee is very important because it gives our clients a peace of mind during the legal process.
More importantly this allows us to provide services to everyone, since many accident victims can’t afford to pay any legal fees out of pocket.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents In Burbank
The popularity of bike riding and bicycle commuting have seen the numbers of bike riders in Burbank increase dramatically in the past few years.
With greater density housing and people wanting to live closer to where they work in order to slash commute times and rising gas prices, more people than ever are biking to work.
Burbank offers a variety of bike paths and designated bike lanes throughout the city.
This includes linking to the LA River bike path that runs parallel to the I-5 freeway almost all the way from the southern edge of Burbank into Downtown Los Angeles.
Unfortunately however, car and truck drivers are often unaware of bicycle riders around them, or unaware of the rules of sharing the road and bike lanes.
Here is a list of common reasons for bicycle accidents in Burbank:
Speeding – drivers in a hurry that are not taking bicycle riders into account sharing the road.
Reckless riders – a bike rider could make an aggressive or ill-timed move that puts him or her in the direct path of an unsuspecting vehicle.
Opening car door – also known as “dooring,” this is when a driver or passenger in a vehicle opened the door suddenly without looking and the bicyclist slams into the door. (This is a common cause of damage and injury. In fact a 53 year old Burbank cyclist was killed this way in 2018).
Driving under the influence – DUI driving puts everybody at a greater risk for accidents, especially bicycle riders.
Inexperienced riders – bicycle enthusiasts that do not follow the proper road etiquette can be a hazard to themselves as well as drivers when sharing the road.
Dangerous road conditions – potholes, cracked streets, poorly marked roads, missing traffic signals and signs can cause chaos on the road for riders and drivers alike.
Bad weather – riding a bicycle in the rain is not only not a lot of fun, but it’s also extremely dangerous. Drivers at this time could find it even more difficult to see you and have a harder time stopping.
Why Medical Treatment Is So Important After A Bike Accident
After being involved in a bicycle accident, getting medical treatment needs to be your Number One Priority, and later we can help you worry about getting your medical bills paid.
Many people delay seeking treatment or going to the Emergency Room or urgent care because they are downplaying their injuries.
Or worse yet, because they are afraid of the cost and how they will pay the bills.
Do not let this stop you from seeking immediate treatment. Delaying this can potentially cause your injuries to worsen and prolong the healing process.
Also, many California insurance companies will try and use the “delay of treatment” excuse as a primary reason for trying to lower the potential settlement amount, or even use it to deny your claim entirely.
Whenever possible, do not resist any offer for emergency or ambulance transport from the scene of the accident.
Call The Law Office Of Daniel Kim and let us help you navigate through this tough time.
How Bicycle Riders Can Ride Safely and Avoid Accidents
No matter how safely you think you are riding, there is always a risk when you are sharing the road with motor vehicles of any size.
Obviously larger vehicles like commercial trucks pose the biggest threat, but even the smallest car or motorcycle can do significant damage and cause major injuries in a collision with a bicycle rider.
Use these steps to help avoid accidents and injuries:
- Plan ahead – whether it’s a group or solo ride, know your route ahead of time. Know the road and have a contingency plan just in case.
- Use front and rear lights on your bike – riding your bike without lights and reflectors on your bike is not only unsafe, it’s also against the law.
- Wear protective clothing – gloves, knee and elbow pads, and eye protection are a good idea anytime of day or night.
- Always wear a helmet – this may seem obvious, but is still one of the most important safety measures that you can take to help protect yourself from serious injury.
- Be visible – bright or reflective clothing such as a high visibility vest will help other drivers and road users see you and keep you safe.
- Be aware – don’t get distracted and keep your head up. Pay attention to traffic, signals, pedestrians, and all road rules.
- Ride with the traffic – always ride on the correct side of the road with the flow of traffic, never against it. Doing so puts you at a higher risk for accidents and even a ticket.
Burbank Bicycle Accident Stats
There are more bicycles on the road than ever, and whilst the overall number of bicycle accidents across the country is declining, unfortunately the number of fatal bike accidents is increasing.
In California in 2011, bicycle fatalities were 4.1 percent of total reported accidents, which is about twice the national average.
In 2015, there were approximately 45,000 bike accidents reported across the United States.
This is down from about 50,000 reported accidents in 2014.
But during the same time, the number of fatal accidents increased by more than 12%.
Bad Intersections and Streets In Burbank For Bicycle Accidents
According to recent reports, some of the most dangerous streets and crossings for cyclists in Burbank California include
- Alameda Ave
- California Street
- San Fernando Rd
- Frederic Street
- Magnolia Blvd
- Hollywood Way
- Empire Ave
- and the Chandler Ave bike path crossings
What % of Bicycle Accidents Involve a Drunk Driver
According to a report released by the Federal Department of Transportation, just over 29 percent of all automobile related accidents were caused by people operating their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
This includes accidents that involved individuals riding bicycles.
In the USA, 3.3% out of every 100,000 fatal accidents were as a direct result of drunk or intoxicated driving, with statistics showing that one out of 3 people in the United States will likely be involved in an accident caused by a DUI driver.
Are Bicycle Accident Settlements Taxable
Generally speaking, physical injuries sustained from accidents are nontaxable, however current laws have recently become much more restrictive.
For example, if John Doe is injured and the company responsible settles his personal injury case for $40,000, the settlement will likely be tax-free and will not have to be reported on a tax return.
However if John Doe deducted that $40K in medical expenses in a prior tax return, that that settlement amount becomes taxable.
Tax and settlements can be very complicated. The safe bet is to consult The Law Office of Daniel Kim for further information.