Getting out on a bicycle is good for your health, and it is good for the environment. Unfortunately, there are times when the negligent actions of vehicle drivers cause serious harm to cyclists. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we are ready to help when you need a Santa Rosa bicycle accident attorney. Let us investigate every aspect of your case so we can secure the compensation you need.
Choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger for your case?
After sustaining a severe bicycle crash injury caused by another person, turn to the trusted team at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger for help with your claim.
- We are one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the nation and have recovered more than one billion dollars on behalf of wrongfully injured clients.
- We have been successful in more than 98% of the cases we have handled.
- If insurance companies will not pay a fair value for your claim, our attorneys are not afraid to take a case to trial.
We understand the clients in these situations may be struggling financially, which is why we take Santa Rosa bicycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not collect any legal fees until after we secure the compensation you deserve.
How do bicycle accidents occur?
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents often occur due to the negligence of vehicle drivers on the roadway. In general, California law states that bicycles must be treated like any other vehicle on the roadway and afforded the same respect from drivers that they would give another passenger vehicle. However, the Santa Rosa bicycle accident attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger regularly help bicycle accident victims who are harmed because a driver:
- Was operating while distracted by their phone or another device
- Was operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Failed to yield the right of way
- Failed to follow other traffic laws (speeding, failure to stop, etc.)
Common bike crash injuries
Data from the California Office of Traffic Safety shows that more than 11,000 bicyclists were injured, and over 155 bicyclists lost their lives during the latest reporting year across the state. In a bicycle versus passenger vehicle incident, there is a high likelihood that the bicyclist will sustain significant injuries. Our Santa Rosa bicycle accident attorneys regularly help clients who sustained serious traumatic injuries in these incidents, including:
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage or bleeding
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Amputation injuries for severe lacerations
Time limits to file a claim
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, the statute of limitations for a Santa Rosa bicycle accident case is two years from the date the crash occurs. If a victim fails to file a claim against an alleged negligent party within this two-year window, they will likely lose the ability to recover any compensation for their claim.
What kind of compensation is available?
If you or somebody you love had been injured in a bicycle accident caused by another person’s negligence, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have a track record of success handling these cases. This includes a $15 million settlement for a bicyclist who was sideswiped by an 18-wheeler and a $1.3 million settlement for a bicyclist injured by a dangerous railroad crossing.
We pledge to investigate every aspect of your case so we can secure coverage of your medical bills, pain and suffering damages, lost income, and more. When you need a Santa Rosa bicycle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (415) 889-2919.