Southern California roads and highways are famously overcrowded, causing people to choose riding bicycles either for an alternative commuting means or for a day of leisure. Whatever your reason, riding a bicycle on these busy streets can be dangerous. In a matter of seconds, a driver’s negligence can cause a collision that leaves the bicyclist with serious injuries. From head, neck and back injuries to broken bones, the consequences of a bicycle accident can be life-changing. Knowing what to do in the moments, weeks and months following an accident is crucial.
A collision with a motor vehicle will most definitely leave a bicyclist disoriented and unsure of the next steps. You are likely to see damage to your bicycle and may feel pain (though often, the adrenaline at the moment may make you feel fine initially). Regardless of your pain level or immediate appraisal of your injuries, your first step should be to call the local La Mirada police. Filing a report and reporting damages is essential, especially since your injuries and pain may grow more severe over time. As you wait for the police, begin to document the accident with photos and notes if you are capable.
Once the local Compton police have arrived, be sure to speak with them directly and and get your story properly documented in the police report. This is also the time to gather the contact information of witnesses and the driver involved with the accident.
One of the first things you will need to do is call your attorney and seek a professional consultation. Catalogue any physical symptoms on paper along with dates and times. Your memory of the events is most reliable immediately following the accident.
Your personal injury attorney at Duque Law Group may recommend that you seek medical attention to document the damage caused. Documenting your injuries, no matter how small you think they are, is a crucial step.
You will want to retain as much evidence as possible. Do not fix your bike, leave it in the same condition as it was when you left the accident. If you have any other damaged property from the accident (including clothing or a helmet), keep that available as well as our attorneys may request photos of the pieces.
By this time, your attorney has likely gone over the accident with you and explained the specific factors that may allow you to earn the compensation that you need and deserve.
If you are contacted by an insurance company, do not speak to them alone. Direct them to your attorney to discuss the issue. Your attorney may wish to hire an independent expert to step in and analyze the situation before you communicate with insurance agents.
Personal injury cases are difficult and require a skilled attorney. Do not try to take on the insurance company attorneys by yourself. The Compton attorneys at Duque Law Group want to get to the bottom of the case and help you receive any compensation for injuries, damage or pain and suffering that you may deserve.
Contact our Los Angeles County Personal Injury Attorney at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away. You can even use our online contact form, and we’ll reply to you quickly.
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