Every year thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists are injured or killed by careless automobile drivers or property owners who fail to maintain safe sidewalks adjacent to their property.
If you have been injured while riding a bicycle or merely walking down the street, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Ventura Law are available to explain your rights and obtain the compensation you are entitled to by law. We have represented injured pedestrians and bicyclists for over 50 years. Our attorneys approach each bicycle and pedestrian accident case with care and are determined to obtain the best possible results for every person who comes to our firm seeking help.
Dangerous Times for Bicyclists and Pedestrians
The risks of being struck by a careless driver or taking a nasty spill due to improperly maintained streets and sidewalks are higher than you might think. In fact, while automobile travel is becoming safer, bicycle and pedestrian travel are becoming more dangerous.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed by automobiles rose significantly from 2006 to 2014. Between 2009 and 2014, pedestrian deaths rose 16 percent. Bicyclist deaths rose 15 percent. In 2014, however, the per capita death rate for automobile occupants fell to an all-time low.
The drivers of motor vehicles were at fault in the overwhelming majority of these accidents, 87 percent of the time in the case of bicyclist fatalities.
Legal Rights of Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Pedestrians and bicyclists have the right to seek compensation from the parties responsible for their injuries, whether that person is the driver of a motor vehicle or the owner of the property where the accident took place. In cases in which the automobile driver was intoxicated, the operator of the bar or restaurant that served alcohol to the driver may also be responsible for the injuries.
Reasonable compensation for personal injuries suffered during a bicycle or pedestrian accident include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other losses reasonably incurred as a result of the accident.
Unfortunately, having a right to full compensation is not the same as actually obtaining full compensation for personal injuries. Personal injury victims must offer proof of their losses and convince the person who caused the accident that they were at fault. Very often, careless automobile drivers blame the victim or attempt to minimize the victim’s injuries, making it nearly impossible to obtain a just outcome without the assistance of legal counsel.
At Ventura Law, our mission is to be your worry-free partner in difficult circumstances like these. Our experienced attorneys can turn the odds in your favor by conducting a thorough investigation of the accident, building the best possible case for full compensation, and bringing the case to a successful conclusion, either by settlement or court proceeding.
Ventura Law will make sure that all responsible parties are held accountable while we work for full and fair compensation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can begin to move forward with your life. Ventura Law takes all cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.