California Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Curd, Galindo & Smith, LLP, is a dedicated and experienced law practice that represents bicycle accident victims and their families in Los Angeles, Orange County and throughout California.

Bicycle accidents, by their very nature, are usually devastating for the bicyclist not surrounded in a cocoon of protective sheet metal. Bicycle accidents happen suddenly, without warning, and can cause serious bodily harm or result in death. If you are the victim of a bicycle accident facing tremendous medical bills, are experiencing ongoing pain and you have missed work or are still unable to work to the degree you once did, you may be in financial distress.

Fortunately, help with medical needs and financial compensation is often available to bicycle accident victims. Unfortunately, due to the complexity of laws surrounding personal injury in general, and specifically bicycle accidents, a claim pursued on your own can be extremely difficult to close out for a reasonable amount without an attorney.

There are many causes of bicycle accidents, due to the negligence of drivers and others:

  • Negligent drivers not paying attention
  • Drunk drivers
  • Drivers failing to yield to stop signs
  • Dangerous conditions of roadway/sidewalk/bike lane
  • Poor maintenance of public utility property
  • Defective bicycle product

For this reason — compensation may be available to those who are victims of bicycle accidents.

Injured? It's Time To Consult A Bicycle Accident Attorney.

As bicyclists are keenly aware, drivers of cars and trucks characteristically do not pay adequate attention to their surroundings, do not respect the rights of bike riders, and do not carefully look for bicycle riders before making lane changes, exiting driveways, leaving stop signs or even opening their car doors. Far too often, bicycle riders are injured or killed by negligent motorists who fail to check their blind spot before changing lanes, or make turns directly in front of oncoming bicyclists, sideswipe them traveling on the shoulder or choose to drive illegally under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Most troubling of all is that a majority of motorists are seemingly ignorant of California law which gives bicycle riders the same legal right to use the streets as any other motorist.

Preserving Evidence Following A Bicycle Accident

Contact the bicycle accident attorneys at Curd, Galindo & Smith, LLP, immediately following an accident involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle. Statistics demonstrate that the driver of the motor vehicle is usually at fault, and it is critically important to preserve evidence by:

  • Taking pictures of the accident scene, close and panoramic
  • Taking pictures of the car or truck and your bike
  • Taking pictures of the injured bicyclist (digital is free — take close and varying angles and lighting)
  • Written notes of road conditions, time of day, weather, traffic
  • Documenting damage to any property (fences, trees, barriers, etc.)

Well-preserved evidence will help us ensure that the fullest compensation is available in cases of serious injury or wrongful death.

Getting Justice For A Bicycle Accident Is An Unfair Uphill Battle — We Can Help

If you have suffered a bicycle accident because of the carelessness or negligence of a motor vehicle driver while riding your bicycle, the medical bills for your injury, and the time off work, can have a huge impact on your financial stability. The insurance company of the motorist who hit you will fight because they tend to think that bicyclers should always yield the right of way to cars. Though they are "in the vehicle insurance business," they are 100 percent deluded! The law clearly states that bicyclers are entitled to use roadways just as any other motorist, yet insurance adjusters will treat the injury claim in a way that is unfair and unjust — because of their own misunderstandings and generalizations against bicyclists so as to lowball your case and attempt to avoid paying for the injuries their driver caused.

Seek The Help Of Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorneys For Your Claim

Negotiating an effective settlement requires a thorough understanding of the facts of the case. It takes the experience and know-how to properly value the claim so the client gets the max amount without standing trial. Should the trial be necessary, the attorneys of Curd, Galindo & Smith, LLP, have years of courtroom experience. They are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Club, and they have won in both state and federal courts. Nobody wants to go to trial, but if you have to, picking the right attorney to represent you can make all the difference.

Contingency Fee Basis — No Win, No Pay

You absolutely can afford to retain the services of the nationally recognized personal injury attorneys at Curd, Galindo & Smith, LLP, because we work on a contingency fee basis.

What does this mean to you? You do not have to pay us any type of fee out of pocket. In fact, you will not even have to pay us a dime unless we win your case. The contingent fee arrangement is also commonly referred to as "no-win-no-fee," because the client is not held responsible for payment in the event that the attorneys are not successful in recovering an insurance settlement or a jury award for money damages.

If you have been seriously injured, we encourage you to call us today at 562-485-9376 for your free, confidential consultation.