Living in many of the larger cities in California offers many benefits, from the typically mild weather to the countless activities and entertainment options. However, the one significant drawback for many residents and even visitors in the area is the traffic. Driving in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or countless other cities can be very stressful. The challenges of driving in many of these communities have made the choice to bike around town very popular.
Residents love the speed at which they can travel, even when the street is backed up in severe gridlock. And with each pedal, they are getting more exercise and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Then there are the other benefits like never needing to search for a parking space, the cost of parking in many cities, and the significant cost of fuel and car maintenance. All savings associated with biking are greatly appreciated. However, bikers must understand the service and maintenance requirements of a bicycle to ensure their safety.
Properly inflating tires, checking the tread level, oiling the chain and gears, and inspecting and adjusting the brakes are all vital to the safe operation of a bicycle. But even the most careful bicycle owners can suffer severe injuries from a bike accident caused by a defect or hazard that was beyond their control, such as a bicycle brake failure. If you have recently been injured due to a bicycle brake failure and want to know who could be liable for your injuries and losses, the staff at DTLA Law Group is here to help.
Our staff of seasoned bike failure injury accident lawyers is ready to answer your questions and offer the guidance you need when making critical decisions about your future. The office can be reached 24/7 to schedule your free consultation with a DTLA Law Group bicycle brake failure lawyer and discuss the details of your claim to determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit and whom to sue. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the office today to learn more about your rights and schedule your free consultation.
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Who Could Be Liable For Your Injuries?
When you suffer injuries from a bike brake failure accident, your first thought could be about suing the manufacturer. And in some cases, that is the appropriate action. However, just because the brakes did not work when you were riding your bike does not mean they were defective. And it does not give you the right to sue the bike maker. Instead, your DTLA Law Group legal team needs to determine that the manufacturer failed to meet their obligation to provide you with a safe and functional bike.
You might also wonder if you can sue the store where you purchased the bike. In some cases, the retail supplier could be liable for your injuries. The most common reason a retail store is responsible for bike brake failure injuries is when the bike was recalled, but the retailer continued to sell the defective model. If this is the case with your bike, then you could have reason to consider suing the retailer who sold you the defective bike. This applies to brick and mortar stores and other online retailers like Amazon or an online bike store. Finally, if you bought a bike and had it assembled by the store or a bike building service only to discover that they failed to install the brake assembly correctly, you could have reason to sue them.
With all of these options for who could be liable for your bicycle brake failure, it could be overwhelming and confusing to sort out who is genuinely to blame for your unfortunate and likely preventable bicycle brake failure accident injuries. Fortunately, the staff at DTLA Law Group has decades of combined experience in evaluating cases like yours and determining whom our client should sue to secure the compensation they are owed for their losses and expenses. Please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to request a free consultation with a skilled bicycle brake failure lawyer.
What Is The Possible Value Of My Bicycle Brake Failure Lawsuit?
The value of any personal injury lawsuit claim is determined by evaluating the allowable expenses of the victim. Unlike the stories you might see on television or in a movie, there are no predetermined values or massive settlement amounts for a broken are or head injury due to an injury accident. So, you will work closely with the legal experts at DTLA Law Group to compile all costs incurred due to your injuries. These items typically include:
All current or estimated future medical expenses needed to treat the injuries suffered in the bicycle brake failure incident
The amount of your lost income if the injuries you sustained prevented you from working until you reached a full recovery
The value of any personal property that was damaged or destroyed in the bicycle brake failure accident
Your legal fees and expenses from DTLA Law Group for court costs and their work to prepare and litigate your bicycle brake failure injury lawsuit
If the injuries you suffered were severe and required a lengthy recovery time, it is also common to include a dollar amount to compensate you for your pain and suffering. This amount is not determined by any bills or expenses you incurred, so estimating can be more challenging. Your DTLA Law Group bicycle brake failure lawyer will assist you in choosing a fair and reasonable amount to request based on other cases with similar injuries and expenses.
If the case involved gross negligence, you can also seek punitive damages. For example, if the manufacturer failed to test the brakes and did not discover they were defective, they could be grossly negligent in their responsibility to consumers. Or if the manufacturer did recall a specific bike model due to a defect but a retail chain continued to sell the units they had in inventory and not return them to the manufacturer, they could be found grossly negligent in their responsibilities. If punitive damages are an option for your claim, your bicycle brake failure lawyer at DTLA Law Group will help you determine an appropriate amount to seek.
Common Bike Brake Failure Injuries
Sadly, when bicycle brakes fail, the result is either a collision or the rider being flipped over the bike handlebars when the brakes lock onto the tire. Each of these accidents can result in severe injuries to the ride, such as:
Damage to the neck, back, or spinal cord
Facial injuries to the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, or teeth
Severe lacerations or puncture wounds often include damage to internal organs or excessive internal bleeding
Shattered bones, compound fractures, or severely dislocated joints
Head injuries from a concussion or skull fracture to a brain contusion, brain hemorrhage, or other traumatic brain injury
Sadly, these injuries can alter the rest of the victim’s life and eliminate their ability to live independently. And all of the pain and suffering could have been avoided if the party liable for the brake failure had been more competent when installing, inspecting, repairing, or building the brake system that failed, causing the injuries.
When To File A Bicycle Brake Failure Lawsuit
As a personal injury victim, you have up to two years to file a claim with the court system. If the case is not filed with the court by then, you will lose the right to seek compensation in most cases. However, there are a few exceptions to this time limit. If any apply to your case, the staff at DTLA Law Group will explain how they might benefit you and the outcome of your bicycle brake failure lawsuit.
Getting The Best Bicycle Brake Failure Lawyer
The injuries you suffered due to a bicycle brake failure could easily have changed every aspect of your life. From your ability to work and provide for your family to handling the most basic care and independent living tasks for yourself, your days could be totally different than they were before the accident. And you have the right to be compensated for the losses you suffered that were caused by someone else’s negligence.
The staff at DTLA Law Group is here to help by offering to handle your bicycle brake failure lawsuit without requiring you to pay any upfront legal fees or expenses. Instead, we cover all the costs and our expenses until we secure the settlement or verdict needed to pay the expenses created by your bike injury accident. And if we fail to win your bicycle brake failure lawsuit, you owe us nothing, So there is never any added financial risk or stress on your shoulders.
DTLA Law Group aims to ensure that all personal injury victims have access to the expert legal services they deserve to ensure that justice is served. We know that injuries and the expenses they create can make it almost impossible to afford upfront legal fees to get the compensation that is owed to you for your damages and losses. So, we created a client-friendly payment policy to eliminate those added challenges and hardships.
Please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to learn more about our services and how we can help you find the solution that will allow you to overcome your bicycle brake failure accident injuries and expenses. Soon, you can return to looking forward to a stable and secure financial future and happy life with your loved ones.
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