Nadrich & Cohen represents those who have been injured by bicycle accidents in Merced, CA, helping them recover financial compensation for their medical bills, pain, suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and more.
The City of Merced saw 467 traffic accidents involving bicycles from 2012 through 2021, according to California Highway Patrol data. Bicycles can provide an enjoyable, environmentally-friendly mode of transportation. However, unfortunately, bicycle accident injuries can result when those driving vehicles sharing the roads with bicyclists drive negligently. Bike accidents can lead to very serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries because cyclists don’t have the frame of a vehicle protecting them.
The Merced bicycle accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen represents cyclists who have suffered injuries on a contingency fee basis. This means that we won’t charge you a fee to handle your bicycle accident claim until and unless we recover financial compensation for you. The only fee our law firm will charge is a percentage of any financial compensation we recover for you. You won’t owe us any upfront fees or any out-of-pocket money.
If you can’t afford to have your injuries treated, a Merced bicycle accident attorney at Nadrich & Cohen can get you to doctors who will treat you on a lien, meaning you won’t be charged for treatment until your case is over. Doctors do this for our clients because they know we get great results for our clients.
Call a personal injury lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured or killed in a bicycle accident in Merced. We have been helping victims of bicycle accidents since 1990 and have recovered over $400,000,000 for clients. You can also text us from this page or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page.
What Compensation Can A Merced Bicycle Accident Lawyer Recover For Me?
If you are a bicycle accident victim, you may be wondering what you can be financially compensated for when you file a bicycle accident claim or bicycle accident lawsuit. When we handle your personal injury case for you, we may obtain financial compensation for:
If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle crash, you’re probably already facing medical expenses. You may have also suffered severe injuries which will necessitate future treatment, meaning yet more bills. We help injured cyclists recover financial compensation for all past and future medical bills related to their bicycle accident injuries.
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If you’ve gotten hurt by a negligent driver in a bike accident, you might have had to miss time from work, either because you were hurt too badly to work or because you had to have your injuries treated. When we handle your bicycle accident case, we can help you recover compensation for any wages you are unable to earn due to your injuries.
Loss Of Earning Capacity
Sometimes our seriously injured clients end up not being able to ever work again after their bicycle accident, or not being to ever work again in the same field. They suffer a loss or reduction of their earning capacity as a result. When we handle bicycle accident cases, we help injured bicyclists recover compensation for any loss or reduction of their earning capacity which results from their bike crash.
Pain And Suffering
Many bicycle accidents lead to injuries suffered which cause tremendous amounts of physical pain and mental suffering, especially when bicyclists are struck by motor vehicles. We can help you recover fair compensation for the pain and suffering you endure due to a bicycle accident.
Unfortunately, sometimes bicycle accidents result in fatal injuries. We can help you seek compensation for your loved one’s medical bills, pain, suffering, burial costs and funeral costs after a bicycle accident. We can also help you seek compensation for the loss of your loved one’s love, companionship, income and household services after a bicycle crash.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Common injuries seen in bicycle accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Knee pain
- Strains and strains
- Joint dislocation
- Blunt trauma
- Back injury
- Soft tissue injury
- Neck injury
- Back pain
- Skull fracture
- Internal bleeding
- Eye injury
Do I Need A Lawyer To Handle My Bicycle Accident Claim?
It’s not a technical requirement that you have a lawyer to file a bicycle accident claim or lawsuit. However, you will almost certainly recover more money, even after taking attorney fees into account, if you have a lawyer than if you don’t – studies confirm this.
What’s going to happen if you try to file a bicycle accident claim without a lawyer is that the at-fault party’s insurance company is going to see you don’t have a lawyer and they’re going to know you’re incapable of suing them and winning over a low-ball settlement offer. The insurance company is obligated under California law to fully compensate you for your damages up to the policy limits, but they won’t actually do so unless you can make them by suing them and winning. So, if you don’t have a lawyer, they’ll simply low-ball you on their offer and pressure you into accepting it, hoping you’re desperate enough for money to take it.
If you have lawyers with a proven track record of success like Nadrich & Cohen on your side, though, the insurance company will know you can make them offer you what you’re entitled to for your injuries. Almost every single one of our bicycle accident cases settles out of court for this reason. Insurance companies know that if they don’t offer you what you deserve, they’ll just end up paying expensive legal fees in court and still having to pay you what you deserve anyways after we beat them in court.
Hiring a bicycle accident lawyer to represent you is the best way to give yourself the best chance to recover the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. Hiring experienced, battle-tested lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen is the best way to send a message to the insurance companies that you mean business. This sends them the message that if they try to rip you off, you’ll sue them and you’ll win, so they better pay you what you deserve for your injuries.
In addition, it’s wise for you to hire a lawyer because insurance companies try to trick injury victims into incriminating themselves while being recorded. If you accidentally say the wrong thing to an insurance company, it can instantly cause the value of your claim to plummet. By hiring us, you won’t have to worry about this. We can handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies for you so all you have to do is focus on recovering from your bicycle accident injuries.
Call us today for a free consultation so we can talk to insurance companies for you and force them to pay you what you deserve for your injuries.
How Nadrich & Cohen Can Help Those Injured In Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can knock you off of your feet for a long time. In the case of a serious bicycle accident, you could be facing many months of time recovering. Dealing with personal injury claims can be equally difficult.
Most bicycle accident cases are not a clear cut victory for either party. Your right to financial compensation might seem clear to you, but insurance companies aren’t going to want to pay you what you’re entitled to. They will commonly even try to blame you for the accident.
At Nadrich & Cohen, our attorneys will start out by working to preserve all evidence. This evidence can be the key to securing your right to be fairly compensated for your injuries. We will:
- Visit the scene of the accident
- Take pictures and find any video surveillance
- Preserve GPS data
- Perform interviews of witnesses
- Work together with specialists at accident reconstruction
It’s important for you to retain experienced Merced bicycle accident attorneys to handle important details like these – and to ensure that all of your legal rights get protected. Most bike accident victims do not have experience with the process of filing an insurance claim.
It’s important that you be represented by a lawyer during the claims process since:
- Insurance companies know the value of your case and will use all available tactics to pay you less
- Insurance companies will try to blame you for your accident, and this can lower the value of your claim since California is a comparative negligence state
- There may be multiple parties who are liable for your injuries
- It can be time-consuming and stressful to negotiate with an insurance company – you should focus on recovering from your injuries instead
Our bike crash lawyers are advocates for bike accident victims – we help them hold negligent drivers liable for their injuries. We seek to make the streets of Merced safer for bicyclists. Call us today for a free consultation.
Common Bicycle Accident Causes
Bicycle crashes are serious things. Outside of helmets, most bicyclists lack protection from another vehicle on the road. This lack of protection can result in catastrophic injuries for cyclists.
Bike crashes happen for many reasons. No matter the reason for your accident, our lawyers can provide valuable assistance if you were injured because of:
Distracted drivers are dangerous for anyone on a road, especially bicyclists. An accident can be caused by something as simple as checking a text. This can cause a vehicle to move a couple feet to the side. While this might not lead to a collision with another vehicle, it can lead to a collision with a cyclist next to the vehicle. When distracted drivers don’t notice stop signs or traffic signals, cyclists may not end up getting noticed until it’s too late.
It’s dangerous and illegal to drive while drunk. Cyclists can be put in grave danger when drivers aren’t able to judge time or distance because of alcohol. When the reaction time of drivers is compromised by substances, they may not be capable of avoiding collisions with cyclists.
Ignored Traffic Signals
Bike crashes can occur when drivers do not obey stop signs or traffic signals. Cyclists must also obey these signs and signals.
When you buy a bike, you anticipate it’s going to be safe to use and perform correctly. However, manufacturing or design defects sometimes happen, causing mechanical failures which lead to bicycle accidents. When this occurs, bicycle manufacturers or other entities can be held liable for injuries.
Dangerous Roadway Conditions
Hazards such as debris and potholes which may not present a danger to vehicles can present a much larger danger to cyclists. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle crash due to a dangerous roadway condition, a government entity like Caltrans or a local government may be liable for your injuries.
Is There A Time Limit To File A Bicycle Accident Claim?
If you’ve been injured in California, there’s a time limit to file a claim seeking compensation for your injuries. That time limit is, in most cases, two years from the date of the accident. However, certain circumstances can change that time limit.
The most important circumstances which can change that time limit you need to be aware of is if a government entity is involved. Say, for example, you were in a bicycle accident which was partially caused by a dangerous roadway condition like a malfunctioning signal or a badly placed traffic sign. In this case, you’d only have six months from the accident date to file a bicycle accident claim seeking compensation from the government entity responsible.
Strong, convincing bicycle accident cases can take quite a while to put together, so you shouldn’t expect the best results possible if you wait until the last second to call a lawyer. Call us today for a free consultation so we can get started on your case right away – this will give us the most time possible to build a convincing case for you and make sure all paperwork is filed on time.