Famous for our love of the entertainment industry, beachy weather, and luxurious nightlife, Los Angeles is also known to have the worst traffic in the world. Due to our mostly flat streets and pleasant climate, California appears as an ideal space for riding a bicycle. In fact, with the success of bike-sharing systems such as Metro Bikeshare, California has been ranked fourth for its number of bike-to-work commuters. However, the number of bike accidents is higher in California than in any other state. Due to the dangerous nature of these bike crashes, many collisions result in bicycle fatalities and wrongful death. The personal injury attorneys West Coast Trial Lawyers have over 60 years of experience with personal injury cases and can maximize your insurance claim. We are always here 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
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:
Loss of reputation
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium
Loss of financial assistance
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:
Driving at night
Drinking and driving
Following too closely
Los Angeles Intersections With the Most Deaths From 2009-2014
Orangethorpe Ave & Lemon St
La Palma Ave & Buena Park Downtown
Bushard St & Ellis Ave
La Habra Blvd & Euclid Street
Rio Vista St & Lincoln Ave
Crescent Ave & Knott Ave
1st St & Sullivan Street
Orangethorpe Ave & Rose Dr.
Cabrillo Park Dr & Fruit St
Culver Dr & Irvine Blvd
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 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
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:
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% 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.