Riding a bicycle is a standard mode of transportation in Los Angeles. It is more economical and environmentally friendly than taking a car or bus. But, despite these benefits, a cyclist is still at risk of an accident. From 2018 to 2022, there has been an average of 35 cyclist fatalities and over 2,500 cyclist injuries per year.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, we know you have a difficult journey ahead of you. But you may be entitled to compensation to help lessen your burden. Contact a bicycle accident lawyer to review your case to determine the next steps.
What Is a Bicycle Accident?
Bicycle accident cases are a type of personal injury case that involves a collision between a cyclist and a car or truck. However, a bicycle accident claim can also arise in other ways.
For example, a cyclist who is injured from a falling tree may have a claim against the person or entity in charge of maintaining the tree. Or a cyclist injured from a broken or weakened street may be able to file a claim against the governmental entity that maintains it.
How Do You Prove a Bicycle Accident?
A bicycle accident case, like any other personal injury claim, is based on the legal concept of negligence. Negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care where a reasonable person would have done so. To prove negligence, you must prove four elements:
- Breach of duty,
- Causation, and
All drivers on the road have a duty to drive safely and obey traffic laws. Some entities have the duty to maintain landscaping and infrastructure. Acts like the following can easily breach these duties:
- Driving recklessly,
- Running a red light,
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol,
- Distracted driving, or
- Failing to maintain shrubbery.
Causation identifies a direct correlation between the breach and your injuries. Lastly, you must prove you experienced losses from the breach. If you can prove these elements, then you likely have enough evidence to prove your negligence claim.
Why Should You Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney?
Bicycle accident attorneys help protect the rights of injured bicycle accident victims. You shouldn’t be left alone to deal with your injuries and mounting bills after a bicycle accident. Know that the law allows you to collect compensation from the party who harmed you. A bicycle accident attorney can do the following:
- Examine the scene of the accident,
- Speak to witnesses,
- Collect the police report,
- Look at medical records,
- Interview experts,
- Deal with the insurance company,
- Calculate damages,
- Negotiate with the other party, and
- Represent you in court.
A bicycle accident lawyer can help gather evidence, strategize a strong case, and represent you in negotiations and in court.
Why Do We Help Connect You with Other Law Firms?
Unfortunately, we cannot help every client. Sometimes, we are not a good fit or don’t have the caseload availability. But even if Peerali Law is not the law firm that represents you, know that we still care about you. It’s hard looking for another lawyer, especially when you are injured.
To help you in this search, we have organized a list of top bicycle accident law firms in Los Angeles. Yes, there are lists you can access online. But many of those best lawyer lists are really ads that are bought and paid for by the firms at the top of the list.
If we are not the law firm that helps you, we want you to have a legitimate list of other seasoned law firms who may be able to help. Based on our experience in the legal field, these are your top 6 bicycle accident law firms in our area.
1. Peerali Law
Our Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyers are determined to help people in their fight against ruthless insurance companies and well-connected corporations. Kristopher Peerali and Serena Peerali are the co-founders of Peerali Law.
Kristopher earned his law degree at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and was awarded several honors throughout his schooling.
After dabbling in many different areas of the law, Kristopher decided he wanted to spend his career helping injured people get justice. He is a formidable attorney who has won millions of dollars for his clients.
Serena graduated from Southwestern Law School. She has extensive experience in civil litigation, including discovery, negotiations, and motions.
She also has been involved in several jury trials. While most bicycle accident cases settle, some do go to trial. At Peerali Law, we will be able to handle your case from negotiations through trial if that becomes necessary.
Both Kristopher and Serena are licensed to practice law in California. Peerali Law operates on a contingency basis. Thus, we only get paid if we win your case.
2. Cohen Law Partners
Cohen Law Partners has 65 years of combined legal experience. Joshua Cohen graduated from Vermont Law School, where he made the Dean’s List. Joshua is a seasoned bicycle accident lawyer whose experience stems from his passion for cycling.
Joshua is an avid cyclist. He is on the board of directors of the California Bicycle Coalition and is a member, sponsor, and donor of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
He believes that the roadways should be safe for everyone, including cyclists. Joshua was also honored as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Cohen Law Partners has received millions of dollars for bicycle accident victims.
3. Car Accident Lawyer Daniel Kim
Daniel Kim dutifully represents people, not insurance companies. He believes everyone deserves fair representation and a chance to get justice. Since childhood, Daniel has had the desire to help people. He served as a paralegal in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and served in South Korea and Iraq. He was honored as a top JAG member.
Daniel graduated from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Daniel has recovered millions of dollars for his clients and actively participates in all his firm’s cases. He has received many honors, including:
- Super Lawyers 2023,
- Super Lawyers Rising Star,
- National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40,
- National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (Top 10 Under Age 40 in Southern California), and
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating 2023.
Daniel understands the need to be prepared. So even though most cases settle out-of-court, he fully prepares every case as if it would go to trial. This ensures preparation and a strong footing during the negotiation stage.
4. Law Offices of Jennie Levin, P.C.
Jennie Levin doesn’t treat clients as just another case. She sees her clients as her friends and builds a relationship of trust and understanding. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She is fluent in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.
Jennie has courtroom experience and has won settlements worth millions of dollars. She has been a member of the California bar for over 15 years. Jeannie has been honored with many awards, including:
- Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers,
- Best Lawyers in Los Angeles by Expertise,
- California Top 40 Under 40 by California Academy of Attorneys,
- Lawyers of Distinction, and
- Top 40 Under 40 by National Alliance of Women in Law.
Jeannie offers free case evaluations to prospective clients.
5. M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers
M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers was founded 10 years ago, and their mission is to get justice for victims of personal injuries. Founded by Nick T. Movagar and Steven S. Yamin, the firm has grown to over 100 employees. Their attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience.
Their attorneys have received the following honors:
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100,
- National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, and
- Thomson Reuters “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars.”
Their attorneys are not afraid to face big insurance companies to fight for the compensation their clients deserve. M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers have won $400 million for their clients.
6. Michael P. Ehline
Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, was founded almost 20 years ago by Michael Ehline. Michael graduated from law school at the University of Western Los Angeles and is a former Marine. The Ehline Law Firm has extensive resources in advocating for their clients’ rights and knows how to navigate California’s personal injury law.
Ehline Law Firm coordinates with clients. They believe in convenience and creating a stress-free environment for bicycle accident victims. So, their attorneys can visit you anywhere, whether in your house, office, or hospital. And because it operates on a contingency basis, you pay no money unless we win your case.
Contact Peerali Law Now
It’s imperative that we hold negligent parties responsible when they injure others. But never try to do it alone. Insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of injured victims. They try to delay and then offer a low settlement amount.
You’re going through a difficult time right now, and the last thing you need is to have to try to sidestep insurer tactics designed to shortchange you. Healing and taking care of your family should be your focus right now. So let us handle your bicycle accident claim and fight for your rights.
Remember, we don’t get paid unless we win your case. So there’s no risk. Contact Peerali Law today for a free consultation.