Bike rental companies are popular in California. They serve the significant tourist population and those traveling to the area for work. Even some residents will elect to rent a bicycle when their car is in the shop, or they are considering using a bike as their primary mode of transportation and want to try it before making the financial commitment to a quality bike.
The more the car traffic in major cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco becomes a challenge, the better the bike rental business becomes. Health-conscious consumers also appreciate that they are getting more exercise while pedaling to work or to run errands. So, you would think that bike rental companies would be doing everything possible to grow their customer base and provide the best rental bikes possible to secure more customers. But that seems to be far from what is actually happening.
In many cases, bike rental companies are entirely focused on keeping all their inventory on the road and generating cash. But they refuse to reinvest any of that money in quality care and maintenance for their rental fleet. So, renters find that the bikes they rent are damaged, worn out, or unsafe to ride. And even worse, many unsuspecting riders suffer severe injuries due to a rental bike accident.
If you or a loved one have recently suffered an injury due to an accident involving a damaged or defective rental bike, the staff at DTLA Law Group is here to help you understand your rights and how to hold the bike rental company accountable for their actions or lack of actions. We can be reached 24/7 to ensure you have access to the most dependable legal guidance when you need it the most. And we proudly offer a free consultation to discuss your case in depth with a skilled and successful rental bike accident injury lawyer to determine if you have reason to sue the bike rental company. Don’t hesitate to contact DTLA Law Group today to learn more and understand how bike rental liability issues could allow you to secure compensation for your rental bike accident injuries.
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The Responsibility Of A Bike Rental Company
Many consumers think about renting a bike and have no idea how the process works or what is required from them. In addition, they fail to understand what the bike rental company is obligated to provide to them. But it will all make more sense when you think of it as renting a vehicle rather than just a bike. Most people have rented a car at one time or another. And they have precise expectations for the auto they borrow from the rental company.
When you rent a bike, it is much the same process, just on a slightly smaller scale. You are signing an agreement to use the rental company’s bike and saying you will use it properly and avoid damaging it. In return, you are being given a fully functional bike that should be safe for you to use under the conditions and in the manner specified in the rental agreement terms of the agreement. For example, you will only have one rider on a single-seat bike because that is what the unit was designed to transport safely.
Much like with a rental car, consumers have the right to expect that the rental company has provided the inspections and maintenance needed to keep the bike free from damage and issues that could pose a safety concern for the rider. However, when the rental company fails to deliver a functional and safe bike to a customer, the result is all too often a rental bike injury accident. If you have recently suffered a rental bike accident injury and believe that the company could be liable for your losses and damages, please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today for a free consultation with an experienced rental bike accident injury lawyer.
Who Could Be To Blame For A Rental Bike Accident Injury
As you consider who could be liable for your rental bike accident injuries, it is critical that you understand the full scope of possible culprits. As previously mentioned, the bike rental company could be liable for the incident, but they are not the only ones who could be held liable for it. Other possible responsible parties could include:
The bike manufacturer if the unit was defective, but the manufacturer failed to test and discover the issue before selling the bikes to consumers
A company in the distribution chain could also be liable for your losses and expenses if they failed to return recalled units to the manufacturer if a defect was discovered
If the bikes were being serviced or maintained by a third-party bike mechanic who failed to complete a repair correctly or overlooked an issue while inspecting the bike, they could be liable for your rental bike accident injuries
Of course, there are several other possibilities that, include other vehicle drivers, bike riders, or pedestrians in the area when the rental bike accident occurred. The staff at DTLA Law Group is here 24/7 to help you determine who is to blame for your rental bike accident injuries and if bike rental liability is an issue that needs to be pursued to secure the compensation you deserve for your damages and expenses.
What Is The Value Of A Rental Bike Liability Lawsuit?
The value of any personal injury lawsuit is based on the actual expenses and damages suffered by the victim. There are no pre-determined values for certain injuries or types of accidents. So, you will collaborate with the staff at DTLA Law Group to compile all allowable expenses for your claim. The most common items included in rental bike liability claims are:
All current and future medical expenses to treat the injuries sustained in the rental bike accident incident
The value of any personal property that was damaged or destroyed in the rental bike accident
Your lost income or wages if the injuries sustained prevented you from returning to work until you were fully recovered
Legal fees and expenses from DTLA Law Group for the preparation, filing, and litigation of your rental bike liability lawsuit
In claims where the victim suffered severe injuries and required extensive recovery time, it is possible to include a dollar amount to compensate for pain and suffering. Because this amount is more arbitrary, your legal team will assist you in selecting an amount that is fair and reasonable. Typically, they will refer to recent claims with similar injuries and circumstances to provide you with the most robust pain and suffering amount allowed for your damages.
What Are Considered Severe Injuries?
The severity of an injury can vary based on the age and overall health of the victim. However, some injuries are typically considered severe because of their need for extensive medical treatment or their ability to alter the victim’s life or quality of life permanently. Some of the rental bike injuries that are often categorized as severe include:
Shattered bones or compound fractures
Soft tissue damage that includes damage or destruction of nerves
Facial injuries to the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or teeth
Large lacerations or puncture wounds that include damage to internal organs or excessive internal bleeding
Damage to the neck, back, or spinal cord
Head injuries, including skull fractures, brain contusions, or other traumatic brain injuries
When To File A Rental Bike Liability Lawsuit
As a personal injury victim, the legal system allows you two years from the date of your injury to file a claim. If the case is not filed with the court, you will often lose the right to seek compensation for losses and damages from that event. However, you can file the claim as soon after the incident as you and your DTLA Law Group legal team feel the claim is ready to proceed.
Securing The Best Legal Team For Your Rental Bike Liability Lawsuit
Suing anyone can be stressful. And when you find that you might need to sue a bike rental business, you could become even more apprehensive. Fortunately, the staff at DTLA Law Group is here to handle the entire process for you. From the moment you hire our staff, we take care of everything, including all the court fees to file your claim. You only need to reimburse us for those fees and pay for our services after we have secured the settlement or verdict needed to cover all your rental bike accident injury expenses.
In addition, if we fail to deliver the compensation you need because we lost your case, you owe us nothing. So, there is never any financial risk or added stress placed on you when you should think about and work towards your full recovery. This might sound too good to be true. However, it is the client-friendly payment policy that DTLA Law Group has created to ensure that all personal injury victims have access to the expert legal services they need after a rental bike injury or any other injury caused by someone else’s negligence.
Please contact DTLA Law Group today to learn more about our exceptional staff, our services, and how to schedule your free consultation. We are reachable 24/7, and there is never any obligation to hire our team or pursue a lawsuit, even after your free consultation. We only want to ensure you have the information you need to make the best choices for your immediate and future needs and well-being.
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