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Legal Implications of Los Angeles Bicycle Accidents Resulting in Death

California is known for its pleasant weather and entertaining venues. The Golden State has a lot to offer, which is why people are interested in moving here. With California’s population increasing, the roads may continue to get packed with more vehicles. This may pose a risk to bicyclists as it increases the chances for them to get involved in an accident. Due to the dangerous nature of bike crashes, many collisions result in bicycle fatalities and wrongful deaths.

At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we have over 60 years of experience with personal injury cases. We are confident that we will help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys are always available to answer any questions you may have about bicycle accident claims and damages you may be entitled to.


When Someone Dies In a Bike Accident

Cyclist Death in Los Angeles

Regrettably, there is no amount of money that can bring back a loved one. However, that does not mean that the ones left behind have to suffer financial loss, as well. The state of California does allow payment to victim’s spouses, but extends remuneration to parents of children and underage children.

Depending on the case, the state may allow settlements to other family members, such as grandparents, siblings, cousins and other relatives, which is determined by the distance and nature of the relationship.

Loss of consortium is a claim presented by a spouse of an injured or perished victim. This claim covers the spouse for loss of companionship, which includes:

Common Causes of Bike Accidents

Los Angeles is a feverish metropolitan area congested with commuters, tourists, and pedestrians alike. According to a study, Los Angeles has a traffic accident-related death every 40 hours. Nonprofit organizations such as Vision Zero have made aggressive efforts to decrease the number of traffic accidents by addressing certain roads and city regulations. Vision Zero’s strategic plan is to have all accidents reduced to 0 by 2025. Though speeding is a major factor in many bike crashes, it is not the only cause.

In 2016, when the Vision Zero policy started to take effect, over 260 victims were killed in traffic accidents, which actually increased by 43% last year. There are many theories about why Los Angeles is particularly dangerous for cyclists. In fact, some have blamed the police department for spending too much time-fighting crime rather than concerning themselves with the rules of the road. Although traffic accidents are on the rise, speeding tickets have decreased.

Common causes of bike accidents include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Driving at night
  • Drinking and driving
  • Texting
  • Lane splitting
  • Fatigued driving
  • Following too closely
  • Improper merger

Los Angeles County Intersections With the Most Collisions in 2019

Intersection Accident City
Sherman Way and Sepulveda Blvd. 47 Van Nuys
Manchester Ave. and Figueroa St. 45 Vermont Knolls
Burbank Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd. 40 Van Nuys
Van Nuys Blvd. and Roscoe Blvd. 40 Panorama City
Western Ave. and Slauson Ave. 39 Harvard Park
Nordhoff St. and Sepulveda Blvd. 37 North Hills
Tampa Ave. and Nordhoff St. 35 Northridge
Sherman Way and Woodman Ave. 34 Van Nuys
Victory Blvd. and Coldwater Canyon Ave. 32 Valley Glen
Sherman Way and Van Nuys Blvd. 32 Van Nuys
Manchester Ave. and Normandie Ave. 32 Manchester Square
Sherman Way and Coldwater Canyon Ave. 31 Valley Glen
Sepulveda Blvd. and Devonshire St. 31 Mission Hills
Vermont Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. 31 Koreatown
Vermont Ave. and Florence Ave. 31 Vermont-Slauson
Imperial Highway and Figueroa St. 31 Vermont Vista
Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Ventura Blvd. 30 Studio City
Balboa Blvd. and Victory Blvd. 30 Lake Balboa
La Brea Ave. and Venice Blvd. 29 Mid-City
Vanowen St. and Reseda Blvd. 29 Reseda

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.

Contact Us To Find Out How We Can Help

If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a bicycle accident, an attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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