Southern California roads are notoriously overcrowded, causing people in Pasadena to choose riding bicycles either for an alternative commuting means or for leisure. Whatever your reason, riding a bicycle on these busy streets can be dangerous. In mere seconds, a driver’s negligence can cause a collision that leaves the bicyclist with severe 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.
A collision with a motor vehicle will likely leave a bicyclist dazed and unsure of the next steps. You are likely to see damage to your bicycle and feel pain (though often, the adrenaline at the moment may make you feel okay initially). Regardless of your pain level or immediate assessment of your injuries, your first step should be to call the local La Mirada police. 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.
Once the Pasadena police have arrived, speak with 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 driver involved with the accident.
One of the first things you need to do is call your lawyer and seek consultation. 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 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 preserve 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 discussed the accident with you and explained the circumstances that will allow you to earn the compensation that you deserve.
If you are contacted by an insurance company, do not speack with 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 lawyers by yourself. The Pasadena 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 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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