Los Angeles County Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Southern California roads are notoriously overcrowded and Los Angeles County is probably the worst for traffic. As a result, people choose riding bicycles either for an alternative commuting means or for leisure. Whatever your reason, riding a bicycle on these busy LA streets can be dangerous. In mere seconds, a driver’s distraction can cause a collision that leaves the cyclist with serious injuries. From head, neck and back injuries to broken bones, the traumatic results of a bicycle accident can be life-altering. Knowing what to do in the moments, weeks and months following an accident is of the utmost importance.
Minutes After the Accident
A collision with a motor vehicle will likely leave a bicyclist confused and unsure of their next steps. You are likely to see damage to your bicycle and feel pain (though often, the adrenaline in the moment may make you feel fine initially). Regardless of your pain level or your immediate assessment of your injuries, your first step should be to call the local police. Filing a police report that includes all damages is essential, especially since your injuries and pain will likely grow more severe over time. As you wait for the police, begin to document the details of the accident with photos and notes if you are able to do so.
Once the police have arrived, speak to them directly and be sure that your story is properly documented in the police report. This is also the time to gather the contact information of witnesses and the other driver involved with the accident.
Days After the Accident
You need to do is call your lawyer and seek consultation as soon as possible. Write down any physical symptoms on paper along with dates and times. Your memory of the events is best immediately following the accident.
Your personal injury lawyer at Duque Law Group will recommend that you seek medical attention to get proper documentation of the damage caused. Documenting your injuries, no matter how small you think they are, is a crucial step.
You will also want to preserve as much evidence as possible. Do not fix your bicycle; 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 your helmet), keep that available as well as our lawyers may request photos of the pieces.
Weeks After the Accident
By this time, your attorney has probably discussed the accident with you and explained the circumstances that will allow you to earn the maximum compensation that you deserve.
If you are contacted by an insurance company, do not speak with them alone. Instead, direct them to your lawyer to discuss the matter. Your attorney may wish to hire an independent expert to analyze the specifics before you communicate with insurance agents.
Talking to a Lawyer about Your Case
Personal injury cases are tedious and require a skilled attorney. Do not try to take on the insurance company lawyers alone. The Los Angeles County 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.
Be sure to bring all evidence to your consultation, including photographs of the damages to your person and property, as well as any medical documentation if you have that.