Fountain Valley Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Riding a bicycle is a great way to avoid the notoriously busy Southern California roadways or to take in some exercise and relaxation. Whatever your reason for choosing to pedal, riding a bike can be dangerous. In the blink of an eye, a negligent driver can cause a collision that leaves the bicyclist with serious injuries. From head, neck and back injuries to broken bones, the consequences resulting from a bicycle accident can be life-altering. Knowing what to do in the moments, weeks and months following an accident is crucial.
Minutes After the Accident
The turmoil and disorientation immediately following an accident with a motor vehicle can leave a bicyclist shocked and confused as to the next step. Your first step should be to call the local Fountain Valley police, regardless of your pain level or immediate assessment of your injuries. Filing a report and reporting damages is essential, especially because 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. You are likely to see damage to your bicycle and may feel some pain.
Once the Fountain Valley police have arrived, be sure to speak with them directly, get your story written down and included in the police report. This is also the time to gather the contact information of witnesses and the driver involved with the accident.
Days After the Accident
First and foremost, you need to contact your lawyer immediately. You will want to write down any physical symptoms on paper along with dates and times. Your memory of the events is sharpest directly following the accident.
The personal injury attorneys at Duque Law Group may recommend that you seek medical attention as evidence of the damage caused. Documenting your injuries, no matter how small you think they are, is an important step.
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.
Weeks After the Accident
By this time, you have hopefully already met with your attorney and discussed the accident and which factors will allow you to earn the compensation that you deserve.
If you are contacted by the insurance company, direct them to your lawyer 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.
Talking to a Lawyer about Your Case
Personal injury cases are difficult and require a skilled attorney. Do not try to take on the insurance company lawyers by yourself. The Fountain Valley lawyers 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 Orange County Personal Injury Attorneys 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.