While many motorists prefer the speed and convenience of cars, many people in San Bernardino County enjoy riding bicycles, either for fun and exercise or as a means of transportation to and from work. However, riding a bicycle is often quite dangerous. In mere seconds, a driver’s negligence can cause a collision that leaves the cyclist with serious 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 mixed emotions following a collision with a car or truck can leave a bicyclist overwhelmed and unsure as to what to do next. You are likely to see damage to your bicycle and feel varying degrees of pain or discomfort. Your first step should be to call the San Bernardino County police, even if you do not feel pain immediately. Filing a report and reporting damages is vitally important, 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 local police have arrived, be sure to speak with them directly. You will want your story well documented 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.
Contact your attorney as soon as possible, but don’t wait too long. Be sure to write down any physical injuries along with dates and times. Your memory of the events will be most reliable immediately following the accident.
Our personal injury attorneys at Duque Law Group will likely recommend that you seek medical attention as evidence of your injuries. Documenting all damages, no matter how small you think they are, is a critical 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 have probably met with your lawyer and discussed the details of 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 lawyer 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 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.
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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