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West Covina Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC is a dedicated bicycle accident attorney serving clients in West Covina, California. With a strong focus on personal injury law, we are committed to helping individuals who have been injured in bicycle accidents seek the compensation they deserve. Our experienced legal team understands the unique challenges faced by bicyclists on the road and works tirelessly to protect their rights and interests.

Common Bike Accident Scenarios in West Covina, CA

Bicycle accidents can occur in various scenarios, and understanding common scenarios can help raise awareness and promote safer practices for both cyclists and motorists. Here are some common bicycle accident scenarios:

  1. Intersection Collisions: Accidents often happen at intersections when motorists fail to yield to cyclists or disregard traffic signals. This can include right-hook collisions, where a vehicle makes a right turn across a cyclist's path without giving them enough space or time to react.

  2. Dooring Accidents: Dooring accidents occur when a driver or passenger opens a car door without checking for approaching cyclists. The cyclist can collide with the open door or swerve into traffic to avoid it.

  3. Rear-End Collisions: A motorist may fail to maintain a safe distance from a cyclist, resulting in a rear-end collision. This can happen when a driver is distracted, speeding, or misjudges the distance.

  4. Unsafe Lane Changes: If a driver fails to check blind spots or signals improperly when changing lanes, they may collide with a cyclist already occupying the lane.

  5. Bicycle Infrastructure Issues: Poorly designed or maintained bicycle infrastructure can contribute to accidents. Examples include potholes, debris, or inadequate signage that may cause a cyclist to lose control or collide with other objects.

  6. Riding Against Traffic: When cyclists ride against the flow of traffic, it increases the risk of accidents. Motorists are not typically looking for cyclists coming from that direction, leading to higher chances of collisions at intersections and driveways.

  7. Impaired Driving: Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose a significant risk to cyclists. Impaired drivers may have impaired judgment, reduced reaction time, and difficulty perceiving cyclists on the road.

  8. Right-of-Way Conflicts: Disputes over right-of-way can lead to accidents. Both motorists and cyclists must understand and follow traffic laws to prevent collisions.

  9. Sideswipes: Sideswipe accidents occur when a vehicle passes too closely to a cyclist, either intentionally or due to inadequate passing distance. This can cause the cyclist to lose balance or be forced off the road.

  10. Poor Visibility: Low-light conditions, such as at dawn or dusk, or inclement weather can reduce visibility for both cyclists and motorists, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

It's important for cyclists and motorists alike to be aware of these common accident scenarios and take necessary precautions to prevent accidents. Following traffic laws, practicing defensive cycling and driving, maintaining proper visibility, and being attentive to one another can significantly reduce the risk of accidents on the road.

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident?

If you are involved in a bicycle accident, it's crucial to take certain steps to protect your well-being and preserve your legal rights. Here's a guide on what to do after a bicycle accident:
  1. Ensure Your Safety: First and foremost, check yourself for any injuries and seek medical attention if necessary. If you're able to do so safely, move to a secure location away from traffic to prevent further harm.

  2. Contact the Authorities: Call the police or emergency services to report the accident. It's important to have an official accident report, which can be useful for insurance claims and legal purposes.

  3. Exchange Information: Gather contact information, driver's license details, vehicle registration, and insurance information from the driver(s) involved in the accident. Similarly, if there were witnesses present, obtain their contact information as well.

  4. Document the Scene: Take photos or videos of the accident scene, including any damage to your bicycle, the vehicles involved, skid marks, traffic signals, and any visible injuries. These visual records can be valuable evidence later.

  5. Report the Accident: Notify your insurance company about the accident, even if you believe the driver's insurance should cover your damages. Provide them with accurate and detailed information about the incident.

  6. Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don't feel immediate pain or injuries, it's essential to undergo a medical evaluation. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but could manifest later. Medical records will also serve as evidence of your injuries.

  7. Preserve Evidence: Keep records of your medical bills, doctor's reports, prescriptions, and any other documentation related to your injuries and treatment. These documents will help support your personal injury claim.

  8. Consult an Attorney: Consider seeking legal advice from a personal injury attorney experienced in bicycle accidents. They can evaluate your case, guide you through the legal process, and help protect your rights while pursuing compensation for your damages.

  9. Notify Your Employer: If the accident resulted in injuries that may affect your ability to work, inform your employer about the situation and provide necessary documentation, such as medical certificates.

  10. Be Cautious with Insurance Companies: Be mindful when speaking to insurance adjusters. Do not admit fault or provide recorded statements without consulting with an attorney first. Insurance companies may try to minimize your claim, so having legal representation can help protect your interests.

Why Choose Us?

  1. Extensive Experience: With years of experience in handling bicycle accident cases, we have a deep understanding of the complexities involved. Our team has successfully represented numerous clients and achieved favorable outcomes through negotiation and litigation.

  2. Specialized Knowledge: We specialize in personal injury law and have a specific focus on bicycle accident cases. Our in-depth knowledge of California's traffic laws, insurance regulations, and the rights of bicyclists allows us to provide comprehensive legal representation tailored to the unique circumstances of each case.

  3. Client-Centered Approach: At [Attorney Name], we prioritize our clients' well-being. We take the time to listen to your story, understand your needs and goals, and provide personalized attention throughout the legal process. We believe in open and honest communication, keeping you informed at every step of your case.

  4. Aggressive Advocacy: We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who strive to reach fair settlements with insurance companies. However, if a fair resolution cannot be achieved, we are prepared to take your case to court and aggressively advocate for your rights before a judge and jury.

Our Services:

  1. Case Evaluation: We offer free initial consultations to assess the merits of your case. During this consultation, we will review the details of your bicycle accident, answer your questions, and provide an honest assessment of your legal options.

  2. Investigation and Evidence Gathering: Our team will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, gathering crucial evidence such as police reports, witness statements, photographs, and medical records. This meticulous approach helps us build a strong case to support your claim for compensation.

  3. Negotiation and Settlement: We will handle all communication and negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf. Our goal is to secure a fair settlement that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the accident.

  4. Litigation and Trial Representation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we are fully prepared to take your case to court. Our experienced trial attorneys will skillfully present your case and aggressively advocate for your rights before a judge and jury.

Contact Us:

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in West Covina, CA, don't hesitate to seek legal representation. Contact [Attorney Name] today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve.

Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC

West Covina Office

100 Barranca St #250
West Covina, CA 91791
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Phone: 626-296-3555
Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
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Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.