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Sacramento Bicycle Accident Injury Reported

Accident on SR 99 Involves Vehicle and Bicyclist

A bicycle accident injury was reported in Sacramento on May 11 after the rider was struck by a motor vehicle. The crash occurred along northbound State Route 99 at the eastbound 47th Avenue off-ramp around 11:54 a.m. It occurred in the Lemon Hill area, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The bicyclist was transported to UC Davis hospital for treatment and additional evaluation, and the rider’s family was notified that the accident injury had taken place. The CHP is investigating to find out how the bicycle accident injury occurred.

An Attorney Can Help You After a Bicycle Accident

You may be eligible to file a claim for damages after a bicycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver. We have handled many cases of this kind. In the event of a bicycle accident injury, we are available to answer any questions you may have, evaluate your case and discuss your compensation options. 

Bicycle Accidents and Negligent Motorists

Because they are less visible and more vulnerable, bicycle riders are often struck by negligent drivers. If you suffer a serious injury and require a long recovery period, you may need to seek compensation. There are a number of reasons why these accidents occur due to driver negligence, including:

  • Speeding: An emergency situation might require a speeding driver to stop over a longer distance, increasing the likelihood that they will strike a bicyclist. Pedestrian or bicycle accidents caused by speeders can also result in more serious injuries as well as a greater chance of fatalities.
  • Drunk or drugged driving: A driver who is intoxicated by alcohol or drugs may have trouble judging distances, have difficulty tracking their eyes and display slowed reflexes. In many bicycling accidents, impaired drivers are the cause.
  • Runners of red lights: Bicycle accidents often involve drivers who fail to halt at stop signs or red lights when passing through intersections.
  • Crosswalks: In spite of having a green light, drivers should still be cautious and avoid colliding with bicyclists in crosswalks
  • Driver distraction: Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of bicycle accidents. Motorists who text, talk on the phone or do anything else that diverts their attention can cause serious injury to bicycle riders.
  • Moving into the bicycle lane: Making a right turn in the bicycle lane is an unsafe practice for many motorists. Unless they check first to make sure the bike lane is empty before turning, they run the risk of injuring a bicyclist.

Investigation of Bicycle Accidents That Result in Injury

A thorough investigation can uncover evidence that could support a client’s claim for financial compensation. We immediately send investigators to the scene of the accident to interview witnesses and verify the police report has no mistakes. Investigators also gather evidence such as traffic camera footage and violations of the three-foot distance rule.

After our injury attorneys have taken possession of the evidence, they employ it in building a strong case that supports our client’s claim for compensation. The damages can include lost wages, medical expenses and more. 

Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, and I am a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. Accidents involving bicyclists often cause severe injuries. If a negligent driver caused those injuries, the bicycle rider may be entitled to file a claim to recover compensation. Call for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 to get help from one of our injury lawyers. You can also get ahold of us at (800) 404-5400 or by contacting us online. A consultation can be arranged either in person or virtually in which your case can be reviewed and you can discover what options there are to recover compensation.

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