Pomona is a beautiful city, making it a natural draw for bicyclists. Whether taking a leisurely jaunt for recreation or commuting to and from work on a bicycle to avoid the stressful Southern California roadways, riding a bike can be dangerous. In a flash, 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 ramifications of a bicycle accident can be devastating. Knowing what to do in the moments, weeks and months following an accident can make all the difference to any lawsuit you bring forth.
Immediately after a collision with a motor vehicle, a bicyclist is left dazed, emotionally overwhelmed and unsure of the next steps. You are likely to see damage to your bicycle and gear. You may also feel pain, but oftentimes the pain comes later. Your first step should be to call the local Pomona police, regardless of your pain level or immediate appraisal of your injuries. Filing a report and reporting damages is vital, especially since your injuries and pain will likely grow more severe over time. As you wait for the police, begin to document the accident with photos and notes if you are able.
Once the Pomona police have arrived, be sure to speak to them directly to get your story properly recorded in the police report. This is also the time to gather the contact information of witnesses and the driver involved with the accident.
Call your attorney as soon as possible and keep a detailed log of any physical symptoms on paper along with dates and times. Your memory of the events is most reliable immediately following the accident.
Your Duque Law Group personal injury attorney will recommend that you seek medical attention as evidence of the injuries caused. Documenting your injuries, no matter how small you think they are, is a crucial step.
Be sure that you retain as much evidence as possible. This means that fixing your bike will have to wait as you will want 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, you will probably have met with your lawyer and discussed the details of the accident. Your attorney will decide which factors will allow you to earn the compensation that you deserve.
If you are contacted by an insurance company, advise them that they will need to contact your attorney to discuss the issue. Your lawyer may wish to hire an independent expert to analyze the situation before you communicate with insurance agents.
Personal injury cases are tedious, confusing and require a skilled attorney. Do not try to take on the insurance company lawyers by yourself. The Pomona 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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