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Our San Bernardino Bicycle Accident Lawyers Will Get You Compensation For Your Injuries

Biking offers health advantages and saves money for most San Bernardino residents. Cyclists, however, are more vulnerable to accidents than motorists due to their lack of protection. Contact our San Bernardino bicycle accident lawyers at (888) 488-1391 if you or a loved one has been in a bike accident.

There is more to San Bernardino County than just historical museums and concert venues. With more than a dozen national and regional parks, the county is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Biking on its mountain trails is one of the locals’ most recommended outdoor activities. That being said, San Bernardino frequently experiences bicycle accidents.

Arash Khorsandi, Esq. and his hundred-strong legal staff have been supporting victims and other personal injury casualties for many decades, winning them hundreds of millions in compensation claims.

Aside from bicycle accidents, our San Bernardino lawyers have handled over 3,000 difficult cases involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and more. If you need help, fill out this contact form to speak with our San Bernardino personal injury attorneys. We’ll reach out to you with a complimentary consultation.

Car Accident
$4,100,000.00
A farm worker, suffered multiple broken bones and other orthopedic injuries resulting from an auto accident where the defendant driver attempted to make a left turn in front of our client in heavy fog.
–  ARASH KHORSANDI

Do I Need San Bernardino Bicycle Accident Lawyers To Assist With My Claim?

No law prohibits you from pursuing your case without the assistance of a lawyer. However, we urge you to consult with us to avoid aggravating your injuries and agreeing to unfair settlement offers. We are a client-focused law practice, and we wish you nothing but a fast recovery. Our bicycle accident attorneys in San Bernardino will help you with the following while you attend to your injuries at home:

  • Gathering all the evidence, including the following:
 
  • Coordinating with eyewitnesses
  • Communicating with the at-fault party’s insurance and legal team
  • Filing your insurance claim
  • Filing court legal documents, if needed
  • Attending court hearings, if necessary

Above all, our extensive expertise with accidents will assist you in securing the highest compensation possible. The at-fault’s initial offer does not easily pressure us; we always go for the maximum amount because your injury is far more valuable than their proposal.

What Sets Our Bicycle Accident Attorneys Apart From Our Competitors?

Here’s what makes us the most qualified to assist you with your claim:
  • We stay up-to-date on complex bicycle laws specific to California.
  • We’ve handled hundreds of bicycle accident cases, securing millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
  • We have connections with bicycle mechanics and engineers who know the exact value of your bicycle and the extent of its damage.
  • Our lawyers are cyclists and bicycle advocates, too. So you can expect a personal approach from them.
You deserve an attorney with experience handling personal injury claims involving this kind of accident.
Emperatriz Ayala
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My husband had an accident 2 years ago, a 85 years old man hit him, the Arash law group works very well on my husband case that took 9 month and he won the case and my husband was happy with the results. A year later I got into an accident as well and I’m still waiting in my case is almost resolving and it’s 9 months already. This people knows the law and they do their job right to help you out in getting the most for you to fight on your behalf. I strongly recommend the Arash Law firm they do things right in a efficient and professional manner.
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Had a great experience with all the people at Arash law. Long story short was in a bad car accident. It was overwhelming and the whole process was a lot, but they kept me in the loop. They answered all my questions and gave me great advice. Couldn't be any happier. Would definitely recommend anyone looking for a personal injury lawyer. They'll guide you through the whole process!
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Having Arash Law handle my auto accident was the best decision I could have made. Everyone I interacted with was kind, professional and detail oriented. I am extremely happy with the outcome and would recommend them highly.
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From start to finish, Arash Law firm is there every step of the way with close, constant, personal contact and attention. I never knew a Law firm could actually care so much for me as a person and what I was personally going through as well as the settlement I was going to recieve once my case was finally completed. Thank you to everyone at Arash Law for your ongoing support and communication. You are the ONLY firm I will ever recommend to someone who is need of a great attorny.
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I had an excellent experience with Arash Law. I will definitely recommend to my family and friends. I interviewed a few firms before deciding to work with Arash Law. What made my experience excellent was (i.e. head attorney being accessible to talk to and he answered all my questions and concerns, sensitive and thorough personel who completed in home intake & follow up process, being connected immediately to quality Physicians who addressed my injuries and recovery process, clear contract-read throughly to ensure its something you can commit to). Being in a car accident is a traumatic experience and I had a sense of peace knowing Arash Firm was walking with me throughout the whole process. Thank you Arash Firm for all your hard work and help. I am so grateful and appreciative for you all! 🙏 With Gratitude, Monica Parra
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How Our Lawyers Help Bicycle Accident Victims In San Bernardino, CA

When you hire our attorneys to help you with your bicycle accident claim in San Bernardino, we will preserve your rights and secure your compensation. These obligations include all the legwork, such as evidence gathering, insurance claim filing, document submission to all involved government offices, and representing you in court if needed.
Working with our bicycle accident attorneys in San Bernardino will also help you with these:
  • Prevent you from taking less money when the at-fault party contacts you to settle the damage.
  • Keeping you from divulging sensitive information to the at-fault party that may risk your claim.
  • Connect you with the most qualified doctors who can assess your actual condition, which could boost your claim amount.
  • Consult with economic experts who can prove your financial losses and inability to provide for your family because of your situation.
  • Shield you from any form of coercion or intimidation by the other party.
  • Get all your bills paid, including hospital, laboratory tests, therapy, caregiving, car rental, and others.

If you are badly hurt, there is no need to come to us; we will visit you at home, in the hospital, or anywhere you choose. We will let you know right away if you have a valid case. Call (888) 488-1391 to learn more about your case and how we can help you win.

How Our Attorneys Help Bicycle Accident Victims In San Bernardino, CA
Common Injuries From Bicycle Accidents

Common Injuries From Bicycle Accidents

Injuries cyclists sustain in a bicycle accident are more severe than in any motor vehicle accident, as they are more exposed and lack protection. A study revealed that helmets only provide 63% protection for cyclists in an accident.

Here are the common injuries our lawyers in San Bernardino often see in bicycle accident victims:

Critical Bicycle Injuries
  • Bone fractures – A forceful impact can severely break bones. Consult an orthopedic doctor if you feel any of these signs:
    • Pain
    • Swelling
    • Bruising
    • Discoloration
    • Inability to move the body part
    • Unusual body deformity
 
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – They are common sports injuries, including cycling. An impact on the head can move the brain partially, causing:
    • Confusion
    • Headache
    • Blurry vision
    • Slurred speech
    • Clumsy movements
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Memory loss
 
  • Neck injuries – Neck injuries can range from minor to severe, requiring prompt medical intervention as soon as these symptoms manifest:
    • Extreme pain
    • Numbness
    • Balance problems
    • Headache
  • Spinal cord injuries – These injuries can result in paralysis and cause physical, mental, and social side effects. Be wary of these signs:
    • Immobility
    • Loss of sensation
    • Spasms
    • Intense pain
    • Loss of balance
    • Loss of bladder and bowel control
    • Breathing difficulties
 
  • Paralysis – It happens when your muscles are unable to move voluntarily. There might also be a nervous system disruption resulting in:
    • Loss of muscle control
    • Loss of sensation
    • Numbness in the limbs
    • Muscle cramps
  • Internal organ damage – This injury can cause complications and even death if left untreated. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience:
    • Nausea
    • Blood in the urine or stool
    • Pain in the abdomen and groin areas
    • Bruising in the abdomen and groin areas
Other Bicycle Injuries
  • Burns – Cyclists may sustain friction burns from falls or collisions; these injuries are commonly referred to as abrasions or “road rash.” These symptoms, though typically mild, need to be treated as soon as possible to avoid infections. Symptoms include:
    • Bleeding
    • Burning sensation
    • Clear fluid leaking from the wound
    • Discoloration
  • Scarring and disfigurement – They are the most underestimated injuries. But make no mistake, as they are challenging to treat and leave permanent markings on the body and chronic psychological side effects. Their symptoms are:
    • Severe itching
    • Pain
    • Redness
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Disturbed sleep
Whether minor or significant injuries, always know that you have the right to hold the at-fault parties liable and make them pay for all of your medical bills and financial losses. Our cycling attorneys in San Bernardino can help you file a compensation claim.
Wrongful Death In Bicycle Accidents

The National Safety Council (NSC) reported 1,230 bicycle-related deaths in 2021 alone. The number, while low in comparison to car accidents, is still concerning as more individuals take up cycling for a variety of reasons.

Due to a lack of protective gear, cyclists are prone to accidents, injuries, and even loss of life because of the negligence and recklessness of a few motorists on the road.

If your loved one passed away due to an unfortunate cycling incident, you might have a case. Our bicycle accident attorneys in San Bernardino can help your family with their wrongful death claims.

Usual Causes Of Bike Crashes

There are numerous reasons why cyclists get into accidents. Among the 256 bicycle crashes recorded in San Bernardino, motorist-caused incidents are the most common, followed by road conditions and under-maintained bicycles.

If you ride a bike going to work, vice versa, or simply to exercise, you should be aware of reckless motorists:
  • who violate cyclists’ right of way
  • who are not aware of the rules of the road regarding bicycles
  • who fail to signal when turning to and from a curb
  • who choose not to share the road with cyclists and motorcycle riders
  • who open their car doors in the bicycle lane without checking their side mirrors
  • who are engaged in distractions while driving
  • who are intoxicated or high
Likewise, you should also be aware of the unsafe road conditions to avoid getting injured and bike damage:
Other Risk Factors Contributing To Bicycle Accidents And Injuries
Aside from the major causes of bicycle accidents and injuries mentioned above, there are a few other risk factors that every bicyclist should be aware of:
  • Not wearing a helmet
  • Cycling under the influence of either alcohol or drugs
  • Pre-existing psychological conditions that can impair their decision-making
  • Not using a light when biking at night
  • No blinkers or reflector vests to alert vehicles from behind
  • Cycling in prohibited areas, especially roads with motor vehicle speed limits of greater than 35 mph.

To prevent accidents, cyclists must be aware of the rules and regulations as well as their own physical and mental conditions, even if motorists have a greater driving responsibility.

Franchot M.
$610,000
Personal Injury Settlement
Our client was the victim of a rear-end accident who was left injured and severely in pain. Arash Law was able to outshine other injury law firms when he searched online, and thankfully we were able to handle everything for our client from A to Z — All that he had to do was ask and focus on his recovery. Our client’s life has changed forever, and the compensation received for the pain and suffering has opened paths for new lifelong opportunities.
Personal Injury Settlement
Our client was the victim of a rear-end accident who was left injured and severely in pain. Arash Law was able to outshine other injury law firms when he searched online, and thankfully we were able to handle everything for our client from A to Z — All that he had to do was ask and focus on his recovery. Our client’s life has changed forever, and the compensation received for the pain and suffering has opened paths for new lifelong opportunities.

Liability In Bicycle Accidents In San Bernardino, CA

Typically, motorists are at fault when they collide with cyclists, causing injuries and property damage. However, California is a comparative negligence state, which means the authorities or the court can consider both parties and calculate their percentage of liability in an accident. Thus affecting the total compensation amount for the claimant.

For example, a speeding car struck a cyclist on a highway, causing broken bones and damage to the bike. However, CCTV footage shows the biker ran the red light, causing the car to hit him. The judge may find the cyclist 40% at fault based on the evidence. Suppose he gets $100,000. The biker will only receive $60,000 after deducting $40,000, which is 40% of the settlement award.

To know if you are partially liable in your case, reach out to our San Bernardino bicycle accident lawyers. We can help you understand your situation and your options. No matter if you were partly at fault or not, our legal team will make sure that your medical bills, lost wages, and bike repairs are paid.

Four Essential Components Of Negligence

For cyclists to hold motorists responsible, they must prove their negligence. Negligence, by definition, is when someone does not act with care as a reasonable person would in the same situation, and this causes harm, injury, or loss of life. It also has four essential components:

  1. Duty of Care – The motorists must ensure the cyclists’ safety all the time.
  2. Breach of Duty – The motorists failed to provide the duty of care they owed the cyclists by not behaving as a reasonably responsible person would in the same situation.
  3. Causation – The motorists’ breach of duty resulted in the cyclists’ suffering harm, such as injury or loss of life. There are two parts to causation: factual and legal causation.
    1. Factual Causation – Determines if the motorists’ actions directly resulted in the cyclists’ injury.
    2. Legal Causation – Assesses the fairness of holding motorists legally responsible for the cyclists’ injuries.
  4. Damage – Refers to the damages that the cyclists sustained because the motorists failed to fulfill their duty, such as physical injuries, psychological trauma, and financial difficulties.

If negligence is confusing for you, schedule a free consultation with our bicycle accident attorneys in San Bernardino. We will explain it further in relation to your case.

Kinds Of Compensation For A San Bernardino Bicycle Claim

If you sustained injuries in a bike crash, you may have a case, and you could file a compensation claim against the at-fault motorist. Since San Bernardino is under the jurisdiction of the State of California, you are entitled to the following compensatory damages:

Economic damagesThese are the finances that you lost because of:
  • Hospital bills
  • Laboratory test
  • Therapy bills
  • Salary from absence at work
  • Bike repairs
  • Broken equipment
Non-economic damagesThese are non-monetary losses such as:
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental health issues (e.g., PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, etc.)
  • Body disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment in life (e.g., intimacy with spouse)
  • Loss of life
Punitive damages – These are often non-financial punishments imposed by the court on the guilty parties to deter them from repeating the same bad behavior in the future. However, in some cases, the judge requires the guilty parties to pay the victims in cash. Punitive damages are also uncommon in California.

To illustrate punitive damages. You were driving down a bike lane when a cab driver opened the door, leading you to collide with it, resulting in a fractured arm and bike damage. Aside from monetary compensation, the jury may suspend the driver’s license to prevent him from injuring anyone else again as a result of his negligence.

Should you find compensatory damages confusing, connect with our San Bernardino lawyers specializing in bicycle accidents. We can explain them to you in line with your case and calculate how much you could get.

Kinds Of Compensation For A San Bernardino Bicycle Claim
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
$22,000,000.00
December 2016: $22M+ verdict in a mild traumatic brain injury case. The entire details of the case can be found in the public record filings by the defendant entity that sued its defense.
–  BRIAN BEECHER

Steps To Take Following A Bicycle Incident In San Bernardino

Getting into a bicycle accident can be stressful and confusing, regardless of how severe your injuries are. Here are the important steps you should take to protect yourself legally after a bike accident in San Bernardino.

  • Call 911 – Give them the full details of where you are and your injuries.
  • Seek Medical Care – Get checked by paramedics on the scene. Then, visit a doctor ASAP to know your full condition and secure a medical certificate.
  • Gather Information – If you can, get the name, address, phone number, email, and insurance details of the at-fault driver.
  • Document the Scene – Take videos and photos of your injuries, damaged bicycle, and surroundings, as they will play essential roles in your claim.
  • Speak to Witnesses – Their statements will back up your story. Get their details, too, and ask for their permission to testify to the police during the initial investigation.
  • Do Not Discuss Fault – Never apologize. Your apologies may be misinterpreted as guilt and exploited against you.
  • Keep a Journal – Document your condition daily. Keep a log about the pain and suffering you experience following the accident and how your injuries affect your everyday life.
  • Consult a Lawyer – Our attorneys can advise you on what to do and say to preserve your rights, innocence, and claim.
Our San Bernardino bicycle accident lawyers are here 24/7 to help you with any accident. In addition, we offer multilingual lawyers to help immigrants and visitors who are in need of relevant legal support.
Can I File A Bike Accident Claim Without A Lawyer?

You can. However, bicycle accidents are painful and problematic. Getting well after an injury is only one of the many things you have to do. You also have to file a claim and talk to the other party’s insurance company, which is stressful and could delay your rehabilitation. Additionally, you must gather all the necessary documents to file your claim. With a lawyer representing you, you can rest assured that all of these things are covered.

How Long Do You Have To File A San Bernardino Bicycle Accident Claim?

The California Code of Civil Procedure §335.1, also known as the statute of limitations, states that all cycling and other accident victims have two years to file a claim or case. The date of the incident marks the beginning of the filing deadline.

However, the law gives an exemption to the rule if:

The victim is a minor – The two-year deadline will be paused and will only resume if the victim reaches legal age. The two-year time limit starts on the victim’s 18th birthday.

Your injury was discovered late – Some symptoms may appear months or years after the accident. The two-year deadline starts after your injury is clinically diagnosed.

The accident happened on government premises – You only have six months to file a claim if you were injured in an accident on government property.

Two years may seem long enough to file a bicycle accident claim. But it is not, considering all the steps that you need to take in the entire process. Filing the actual claim is just one of the many steps; there are still gathering evidence, attending court hearings, and others that are exhausting and could derail your rehabilitation.

Our bicycle accident attorneys in San Bernardino will assist you with these stressful tasks while you recover at home. Our proven track record and client testimonials speak volumes about our integrity. No need to worry about the legal fees and other payments as we work on a contingency fee approach, which means you will not pay us anything unless we win your case.

California Bicycle Law

On the one hand, many motorists do not know that bicycle laws exist. They even have no idea that there are bicycle lanes on most roads, which sometimes become the cause of bicycle-related accidents.

On the other hand, some bikers are unaware of their rights and, out of fear and not wanting to waste time, simply let the incident go despite their injuries.

Having vast experience in this field and having managed hundreds of relevant cases, we would like to share these bicycle laws in California that could be useful if you are involved in a bike accident.

  • All cyclists must stay on the right side of the road in the direction of traffic.
  • Gas-powered bicycles and electric bicycles (e-bikes) may not be used on bike lanes.
  • It is illegal to stop or park in any bicycle lane.
  • Under-aged cyclists are required to wear CPSC-certified helmets.
  • Cyclists are permitted to use a handheld mobile phone while riding.
Save our number (888) 488-1391 on your phone and call us anytime for any bicycle-related incident. Our lawyers in San Bernardino will guide you thoroughly on what you should do in the event of a bicycle accident.
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Tips To Prevent Accidents and Injuries

Above anything else, you should also make sure that your bicycle is in good running condition to be safe at all times while on the road.

Our lawyers in San Bernardino have handled hundreds of bicycle accident cases. Here are our bike maintenance tips to help you avoid road accidents:

  • Inspect your brakes – Ensure that the brake pads make contact with the rotor disc or brake lines on your rim.
  • Keep your tires inflated – Under-inflated tires cause unstable cruising, while over-inflated ones can explode due to road friction. Make sure that it is properly inflated based on the tires’ recommended psi: 30-50 for mountain bikes and 80-130 for road bikes.
  • Check your chains – An old or worn-out chain can slip while you are pedaling, which can be dangerous. Make sure it is well lubricated or replaced if needed.
  • Check your frame – Look for cracks anywhere on the frame, particularly on the welded parts. Cracked frames are unsafe to ride; bring them to a bike shop for repair.
  • Check your hubs and spokes – Accidents could happen if a tire or rim set comes loose. If you hear an odd noise coming from your bike’s wheels, get them checked out.
Apart from daily bike inspections, it is also best to bring your bicycle to a mechanic every six months for proper maintenance to ensure the utmost safety.
Bicycle Accident Statistics In San Bernardino

According to San Bernardino officials, there were 222 bicycle fatalities and injuries in 2020. Meanwhile, there was a slight increase in 2021, which saw 230 victims.

Given that San Bernardino has only 222,203 residents, 230 bicycle casualties, or 0.11%, is quite alarming, which is why the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has been reminding bike riders to follow the same road rules as cars would and wear CPSC-certified helmets.

Authorities also advise cyclists to take extra caution or avoid traversing near these dangerous roads as much as possible to prevent any accidents:

Our San Bernardino attorneys are available 24/7 and ready to assist you in proceeding in the event of a bicycle accident or any personal injury.

What Our Skilled San Bernardino Bicycle Accident Attorneys Will Do For You

Finding the right attorney after an accident can be such a headache if you don’t know where to begin. If you don’t know how to choose the best bicycle accident lawyers in San Bernardino, there’s one thing you should know: Not all lawyers specialize in bicycle accident cases.

Our bicycle accident attorneys in San Bernardino will not only hold the at-fault party responsible for your injury and bicycle damage but also provide what other law offices cannot offer. Should you decide to partner with our San Bernardino law firm, you will be eligible for the following additional benefits:

  • Get your bicycle repaired or replaced
  • Give you access to the top medical practitioners for your physical recovery
  • Connect you with top economic specialists to help value your claim to the last cent
  • Provide you with complimentary transportation
  • Appoint a case manager who will check up on you from time to time

Let us handle the legal complexities while you focus on healing. Our track record of securing over $500 Million in settlements and awards for our clients speaks for itself. We’re confident we can help you get the fair compensation you deserve. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today with our legal team – call us at (888) 488-1391 to find out how we can win your case.

Contact The Bicycle Accident Lawyers San Bernardino Turns To First!

As a client-centric law firm, we wish you nothing but a speedy recovery. Do not stress out about handling your claim on your own. You can entrust the long and tedious legwork to us. We’ll work to get you the maximum compensation possible.

Do not jeopardize your overall recovery and well-being because you only have two years to file a claim. Our San Bernardino bicycle accident lawyers will make sure that everything is filed in a timely manner, assist you in holding the at-fault party accountable, and ensure they cover your losses and damages.

Discuss your situation with us, and we will let you know right away if your case is valid. We will also provide you with a tailored guide to win your case. Call us at (888) 488-1391 today.

We do not only service San Bernardino; we also have on-duty bicycle incident attorneys in Fontana, Alta Loma, Claremont, Montclair, Pomona, La Verne, Chino, Corona, Mira Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Rialto, Moreno Valley, Woodcrest, Yucaipa, Cherry Valley, Banning, Coronita, Norco, Eastvale, Pedley, Arlington, La Sierra, Bloomington, and Rochester.

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