Solano County Injury Attorneys Seek Compensation for Bicycle Accident Victims

Reputable law firm provides reliable representation in Fairfield, Vallejo and vicinity

Bicycle riding provides enormous benefits: low-impact cardiovascular exercise, relaxation, and savings in time and fuel costs. Unfortunately, California roadways are still dominated by motor vehicles, whose drivers are not always attentive or cautious when sharing the road. As a result, cyclists are frequently hit, run off the road or diverted abruptly, causing them to sustain injuries that are often severe and even life-threatening. At Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC, we believe that injured cyclists deserve full compensation for their losses. From offices in Vallejo and Fairfield, we provide trustworthy counsel and trial-tested representation for victims in all types of bicycle accident claims. While we cannot turn back the clock on your accident, we can lessen its impact on your future.

Why bicycle accidents are on the rise in California

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, well more than 100 bicycle fatalities occur annually in the state. Generally, accidents have been increasing in the state over the past decade.  In Solano, Contra Costa and Napa counties, more than 300 car-bicycle accidents are reported each year. Frequently, the victims are under 15 years old.

Increased bicycle usage might be one factor in the higher number of bicycle accidents. Many Californians ride for the exercise, and higher fuel prices also tend to boost ridership. While legal protections exist for cyclists, many locations lack bike lanes and other key safety features. Moreover, many drivers have not yet adjusted to watch out for higher bike traffic, especially during heavy commuter hours, when motorists might be preoccupied, running late or laboring under some other condition that increases the likelihood of an accident.

Causes of bicycle accidents in Fairfield and Vallejo

Cyclists should take care to obey traffic rules and watch for hard-to see hazards, but even the safest bicycle riders can fall victim to negligent drivers who:

  • Encroach on bike lanes
  • Pass without completely vacating the lane
  • Turn in front of the path of a bicycle
  • Open doors without looking as bikes approach
  • Change lanes without looking or signaling

Too often, drivers are distracted and only paying attention to other cars. After a collision, motorists often they claim they never saw the bike before the crash occurred.

Cyclists also crash because of poor road conditions. When the road surface is unreasonably unsafe, the government entity charged with maintaining the road can be liable for injuries.

Solano County attorneys help injured cyclists pursue payment for medical costs

If you’ve been hurt in a bike accident, an injury attorney at our firm can help you seek appropriate compensation. We have vast experience in severe injury cases and are capable of litigating complex injury claims where the plaintiff has suffered:

  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis and other spinal court damage
  • Crush injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Lacerations and road rash
  • Puncture wounds
  • Internal organ damage

With severe injuries, your medical bills can exceed your health insurance coverage, while missed work cuts off your income. We understand the financial hardship that can follow a serious injury, so we act aggressively to give you the chance to obtain the highest level of compensation possible given the facts in your case.

Contact an effective and empathetic bicycle accident attorney in Vallejo or Fairfield

Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC represents bicyclists injured in traffic accidents in Solano County and beyond. You can rely on our attorneys to provide strong counsel as you seek rightful compensation. To learn more about the personal injury services our law firm offers, call 707-674-6057 or contact us online today.