Welcome To The Bicycle Accidents Lawsuit Center
Thanks for stopping by. First, let us introduce our lead counsel. Michael Ehline, of Ehline Law Firm PC, has actively led the way in aiding victims of bicycling accidents.
Bicycling is a commonplace form of portage, amusement and fitness from one end to the other in California State. Bicycles afford very limited protection from the day to day perils facing bicyclists on the roadways of the Golden State. Riding bikes can, and often does, pave the way to moderate injuries to riders on the low range, to severe harm and loss of life on the high range. The catastrophic injuries to bicyclists from roadway accidents are tragically higher among kids, and school aged children. Victims of bicycle smash ups face unique challenges, both medically and legally, when one is trying to get paid by the person(s) who negligently caused these injuries. Plus, under the laws of California and local municipal codes, require riders or their legal representatives to have specialized training and experience concerning the duties, rights and obligations of bicyclists throughout the state.
The vast majority of bicycle accident claims Ehline Law typically faces, comprise of fact patterns where there is contact between riders and passenger care who are guilty of failing to yield the right-of-way at an intersection, such as when a cyclist is cut off by a sudden, un-telegraphed turn by a vehicle directly into the path of an oncoming bicyclist. Typically car drivers , misjudge the speed of the bike, or do not see the bike, and thus, misjudge the safe space they should allocate in order for safe passage. Often, motorists, fail to fairly share the road, or a large vehicle like a bis or truck is not paying attention to smaller objects like bikes in their blind spots. This has forced many a rider into a curb, or onto a sidewalk, or other fixed object, to their doom. This visibility issue is a huge danger to riders.
Bicycle mishaps on roads are also caused based upon other forces, many of them being particular to the utilization of this unique machine used for transportation. Bicycle accidents often happen from or are exacerbated by coincidental factors such as poorly designed roads, negligent repair, signage or maintenance. These factors often lead to limited, or severely impaired vision of the poor road and path conditions. Other negative conditions riders face are things like loos gravel, trash, oil spills, potholes, and other road debris. Riders make easy targets for loose dogs, and many a fallen rider has fallen victim to packs of dogs pulling the down and tearing them to pieces. One of the atypical twists facing California riders, occurs after an unreasonable motorist negligently opens their car door into the path of a bicycle rider. Another stroke of bad luck very common in large cities like Los Angeles, is when person on foot is slammed into by a bicycle delivery service, such as a process server, or legal messenger, and even a food delivery service who hires out riders.
Other Facts About Rider Injuries
In California, bicycle riders are subject to the same obligations and restrictions as cars, except where specifically provided for by law, such as bicycle lanes. In fact, some municipalities allow bikers to ride on the sidewalk, such as parts of Los Angeles. LA County may also allow sidewalk riding, subject to the restrictions laid out in the Vehicle Code here, and County Code here. But as discussed, riders need to obey the rules of the road just like operators of all other traditional motorized conveyances. (See safety tips here). But there is not rule requiring a cyclist to have liability insurance.
Bicyclists under age 18, are also subject to helmet laws codified in California Vehicle Code §21212. In California, a child under the age of four year, or weighing 40 pounds or less, is prohibited from being a passenger on a bicycle unless riding on a seat which holds the child in place, and protects the youngster from moving parts. The child must also wear an approved helmet. (Source CHP "Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents.")
A factor that people need to also comprehend, is that helmets are not designed to stop injuries in all situations. Rider awareness is the key to staying safe. Speeds and impacts of 15 to 20 miles per hour or under, may allow a helmet to lessen or prevent serious head injuries, but not always, and not at all at higher speeds. It is just a safety implement, not a guarantee or insurer of safety. Under U.S. benchmarks, bicycle helmets are tested in 2 meter drops which travel at drops of approximately 14 miles per hour (or 22.5 kph) on a flat, anvil. However, the New England Journal of Medicine said in a notorious piece, that individuals wearing a bicycle helmet had at least an 85% lessened chance of a serious head injury. In fact, it went on to say that there was also an 88% reduced chance in the risk of serious brain injuries. (See also, "A Case-Control Study of the Effectiveness of Bicycle Safety Helmets", Robert S. Thompson, M.D., Frederick P. Rivara, M.D., M.P.H., and Diane C. Thompson, M.S. N Engl J Med 1989; 320:1361-1367, May 25, 1989.)
The experts have concluded that inconsequential skull and brain housing group injuries, typically arise from linear acceleration, wherein the head impacts with another physical barrier to free movement. Wearing a bicycle helmet is known to assist, in prevention and mitigation of serious, or traumatic head injury. This is because a helmet is able to reduce, and spreading the inertia through the device. Alternatively, the greater, and more devastating types of harm, typically arises from angular as well as rotational acceleration. This can result in a diffuse axonal injury (DAI) or even subdural hematoma (SDH). The above, are the standard head injuries afflicted upon unfortunate riders, and have been known to set the stage for loss of life upon spill victims. Bicycle helmets are not engineered to reduce rotational injury, and the available scientific research does not look promising in a helmet's safety capacity improving any time soon. (See also "Curnow WJ. The efficacy of bicycle helmets against brain injury." Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2003,35:287-292.)
Ehline Law Firm PC is a legal advocate, and its attorneys are also riders of all types of cycles. We put ourselves in the shoes of victims and we feel their pain. When victims become our clients, they can take pleasure in the confidence they have that we are fighting to get them a comprehensive financial recovery. We fight for windfall like results. We do this by putting fear in the hearts of the opposition by showing them we are the real deal. We hire the right experts, investigators and legal researchers to seek out the strengths of your case, and the weaknesses in the defendant's case. Let Ehline meticulously prepare your case for settlement, mediation and trial. If you or a wage earner are devastated and feeling the pain of a serious loss or death from a spill on a bike, call us to get a detailed analysis of your potential injuries claims with a real lawyer. (888) 400-9721.