Orange County Bicycle Accident Lawyer
With its beautiful, temperate climate and scenic highways, California is an attractive place for a bicycle ride. Most times, bicyclists can enjoy the sunshine and weather without incident. But bike riding carries risks. The University of California-Berkeley reports that 3,963 bicyclists were in a collision in Orange County from 2017 to 2021, resulting in 73 deaths.
Besides their helmet, bicyclists usually have nothing substantial to protect them if a car hits them, frequently resulting in catastrophic injuries when accidents do occur.
The Orange County bicycle accident lawyers at Atticus Injury Law help clients secure compensation for their injuries. Atticus Wegman is proud of his people-first approach to practicing law. His dedication and attitude have earned him many accolades and, more importantly, empowered him to help bike accident victims and their families receive reimbursement for the emotional, physical, and financial losses they experience because of negligent drivers.
Understanding California’s Bicycle Laws
California has a lot to offer, from its pristine forests to its awe-inspiring ocean. The California legislature encourages people to enjoy the outdoors and ride bicycles, enacting liberal bike laws so cyclists can safely enjoy the ride.
Bicycles must be equipped with the proper brakes and have reflectors and lights that meet the legal requirements. Additionally, bicyclists under 18 years old must always wear a helmet.
The fundamental rule about riding a bicycle is that cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver. The fact that they do not have a motor does not impact the rules surrounding who has the right-of-way.
Passenger vehicles must treat bikes with respect. For example, they must allow bikes to take up an entire bike lane width and yield the right of way to bicycles just as they would for another vehicle.
Unfortunately, not all drivers afford cyclists the common courtesy they deserve, sometimes changing the course of a bicyclist’s life forever.
Orange County Bike Accident Attorney
In the aftermath of a cyclist accident, you face an onslaught of likely unfamiliar and overwhelming matters that you must deal with. Without the proper help, this can leave you with many questions, few answers, and the pressure to decide quickly.
Atticus understands what you are going through. He has represented many clients in similar positions, who are scared, confused, hurting, and angry because of what happened to them. When you hire Atticus, you benefit from having a down-to-earth, friendly, yet fierce advocate who will lend an ear and go to bat for you. In short, he will do whatever it takes to help you secure justice.
Compassion and Candor
You will not find an Orange County bicycle accident legal team who is more dedicated to their clients and their cases than those at Atticus Injury Law. Taking inspiration from Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird—after whom our founding attorney was named—Atticus Wegman tirelessly works to understand his clients and achieve favorable outcomes.
In a perfect world, insurance companies and at-fault parties agree to pay victims the compensation they are due under the law. But this is not always the case. When insurance companies and at-fault parties refuse to acknowledge the claim’s true value, going to trial may be your only option.
Atticus has extensive trial experience, helping his clients recover millions of dollars in fair compensation because of his hard work and insight in presenting the case to a judge and jury. For example, in one of Atticus’s personal injury cases, the opposing party offered to pay $620,000 during negotiations. But Atticus knew the claim was worth more. By pressing on to trial, he was able to secure a $2.5 million verdict. While not every case will result in multi-million-dollar verdicts, Atticus promises to fight for you to achieve your best outcome.
What Compensation Can I Receive for My Orange County Bike Crash?
Bike crash victims in California may be entitled to compensation under current laws. Damages that you may receive include the following:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages,
- Pain and suffering,
- Injury-related home modifications,
- Physical therapy, and
- Pain and suffering.
California law allows you to recover damages that flow from the wrong, regardless of whether they were foreseeable harms. Factors that impact the compensation you receive include:
- The applicable law,
- The strength of your case, and
- The likelihood that you will make a full recovery.
Atticus Injury Law: Dedicated Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Orange County
People should be able to ride their bikes without being in a terrible accident and suffering catastrophic injuries. When negligent and bad actors injure innocent people, our team is here to fight for them. Atticus isn’t afraid to go the distance needed to fight for his clients and strive to achieve a favorable outcome.
He has won millions of dollars on behalf of clients throughout California who were injured because of negligent drivers, corporations, and individuals. Throughout his years in practice, he has been featured on podcasts, on television, and in news articles. Atticus’s achievements include being named one of the Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers in 2019 through 2021 and making the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 list in 2022.
Contact our team today to schedule a consultation if you or your loved one have been in a bike accident in Orange County.