Liability in Bicycle vs. Pedestrian Accidents
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Nearly a third of all fatal crashes in Los Angeles involve a pedestrian in some way. While most of these accidents have to do with automobiles, many accidents occur between bicyclists and pedestrians. Even traveling at 10 mph, a bicyclist can cause serious injuries to unsuspecting pedestrians, causing bone fractures, concussions, head trauma, internal injuries, severe cuts, and other harm.
Although such pedestrian-bicycle accidents are less common than other accidents, typically which involve a motor vehicle, if you or a loved one is hurt, statistics becomes immaterial.
Negligence: The Linchpin of Injury Claims
As with a motor vehicle accident, you need to establish negligence on the part of the bicyclist to have a viable injury claim.
Evidence to this end can include establishing:
- You were lawfully on the sidewalk when you were struck by the bicyclist
- The bicyclist was distracted at the time they struck you
- The bicyclist was traveling faster than the posted speed limit
- The bicyclist was acting in some reckless manner
- The bicyclist was in violation of a park ordinance such as moving in the wrong direction
Since most cities are not liable for accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists, the victim and/or their family can pursue a legal claim against the bicyclist to cover their related financial losses.
With the help of a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer in Los Angeles, it may be possible to hold the bicyclist accountable for your expenses including medical bills and any lost wages from your job. At the Law Offices of Jacob Emrani, we can work with police to identify the bicyclist if they chose to flee after striking you. You have rights, no matter who are or who caused you harm.
For more on how we can help you, call for a free evaluation—(888) 952-2952.