If you’re a Los Angeles parent, your children probably have bicycles and they probably ride them regularly in the neighborhood — especially during the summer months. Although most children will never get hurt on a bike, accidents happen and the injuries can be severe. In this respect, the most serious kinds of child bicycle accidents involve motor vehicles.
When an inattentive, unlawful or negligent motorist hits your child on a bike, you’ll need to take swift action to ensure he or she gets the medical care required to heal from all related injuries. This medical care can be involved and costly. Who is going to pay for it?
Fortunately, when it comes to children who were struck by a motor vehicle, the law in California places an especially stiff burden on the vehicle driver. Drivers must — from a legal perspective — be extra cautious when driving where children may be present and playing. That means that motorists need to be extra attentive and careful when in a neighborhood or near a school, and if they see a child, motorists need to slow down and give the child space. Failing to do so means that the driver could be financially liable for costs that result from an accident.
Even if your child allegedly “darted out” into traffic on his or her bicycle, due to the way the law holds drivers extra-accountable and extra-responsible, the driver could still be at fault and financially responsible. A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, such as the lawyers at Sullivan & Sullivan, can review the facts surrounding your child’s bicycle accident to determine if you have a viable claim to seek damages in court.