While many drivers opt for the quickness and convenience of cars, many people in San Bernardino choose to ride bicycles. Whether taking a leisurely ride for exercise or commuting to work on a bicycle to avoid the notoriously busy Southern California roadways, riding a bike can be dangerous. In mere seconds, a driver’s negligence can cause a collision that leaves the bicyclist with painful injuries. From head, neck and back injuries to broken bones, the ramifications resulting from a bicycle accident can be devastating. Knowing what to do in the moments, weeks and months following an accident is crucial.
The chaos and emotions following a collision with a motor vehicle can leave a bicyclist terrified and unsure of the next steps. You are likely to see damage to your bicycle and feel pain. Your first step should be to call the San Bernardino police, even if you do not feel injured right away. 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 San Bernardino police have arrived, be sure to speak with them directly. You want your story 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.
Call your lawyer as soon as possible, but don’t wait too long. You will want to write down any physical injuries along with dates and times. Your memory of the events will be sharpest immediately following the accident.
Our personal injury lawyers at Duque Law Group may recommend that you seek medical attention as evidence of the injuries caused by the collision. Documenting all damages, no matter how small you think they are, is a crucial step.
You will need to preserve as much evidence as possible. Leave your bike and any other damaged property (clothing or helmet) in the same condition as it was when you left the accident. Keep the evidence available in case your attorneys request photos of the pieces.
By this time, you will likely have met with your attorney and discussed the accident and which circumstances will allow you to earn the compensation that you deserve.
If you are contacted by an insurance company, 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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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