Hemet Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Hemet is a bustling town in which residents often choose a bike ride over driving a car. Whether you are commuting to work on a bicycle to avoid the notoriously crowded Southern California roads and highways or taking a ride for exercise or leisure, riding a bike can be dangerous. In an instant, a negligent or distracted driver can collide with an unseen bicycle, leaving the bicyclist with severe and painful injuries. From head, neck and back injuries to broken bones, the impact of an accident between a bicycle and automobile can be debilitating. Knowing what to do in the moments, weeks and months following an accident is very important.
Minutes After the Accident
The pandemonium and confusion following an accident with a motor vehicle can leave a bicyclist distressed and uncertain of the next steps. You will more than likely see obvious damage to your bicycle right away and may feel pain. Regardless of your immediate assessment of your injuries and pain level, your first step should be to call the local Hemet police, even if you do not feel injured right away. Filing a police report of the damages is essential, especially because your injuries and pain may grow more severe over time. As you wait for the local police to arrive, begin to document the accident with photos and notes if you are capable.
Once the officers have arrived on the scent, be sure to speak with them directly. You want your version of the story to be written down and you need the police to acknowledge your injuries and include them 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
Immediately after the accident (or as soon as possible), call your lawyer. You will want to keep a log of any physical injuries on paper along with dates and times. Your memory of the events will be most reliable immediately after the accident.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Duque Law Group will probably recommend that you seek medical attention as evidence of the damages caused by the accident. Documenting your physical injuries, no matter how small you think they are, is a crucial step.
Be sure to retain as much evidence as possible. Resist the urge to fix your bike, rather leave it in the same condition as it was after the accident. If you have any other damaged property (including clothing or a helmet), keep that available as well as our attorneys may request photos of the damaged pieces as well.
Weeks After the Accident
By this time, you will most likely have met with your lawyer and discussed the details of 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 the assistance of a skilled attorney. Do not try to take on the insurance company lawyers by yourself. The 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 Riverside 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.