In many ways, the fact that more individuals are opting to ride rather than drive in California is encouraging. This transition, though, is producing problems of its own. Specifically, there has been a considerable increase in bicycle accidents. A reckless motorist, a distracted pedestrian, hazardous roads, and even defective bike parts can all cause injury to someone riding a bike. While helmets can substantially reduce the risk of catastrophic injury, they cannot always protect a rider.
If you have been hurt in a bike accident, it is critical that you understand your legal rights. Continue reading to learn more about your options. Then call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker for a free legal consultation at 800-333-0000.
You may be able to submit a personal injury claim if you have been injured
The individual who caused the accident may be held liable for compensating the injured party. This might include monetary compensation for damages to your bike and other property, as well as bodily injuries, pain and suffering, missed earnings, medical treatment, and other expenses. Your best bet is to speak with a personal injury lawyer. It’s best not to accept a settlement offer from an insurance company before you’ve talked to an attorney about your choices.
After a bike accident, what should you do?
The first and most crucial step is to make sure that everyone is safe. If there are any injuries, dial 9-1-1. A person who has been hurt should not be moved. Even if there are no significant injuries, if the property damage exceeds $950, you should notify the police and submit a police complaint.
It’s time to start gathering information once you’ve confirmed that everyone is safe. Photograph the damage and injuries. Photograph the junction where the accident happened. Obtain the phone numbers and other contact information of all persons involved, as well as any witnesses. Take photographs of road signs, write down license plate numbers, and document whatever you can.
Write down all you remember about the accident when you arrive home. It is normal for people to believe that they will remember the details for years, but in reality, memories might fade after just a few hours. Having a clear, documented description of what transpired is always worthwhile.
Allow a personal injury lawyer to assist you in determining if you have a case
If you are unsure whether or not you should accept an insurance company’s offer, you should consult an attorney. We are glad to give free legal consultations at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. Simply call us at 800-333-0000 to inform us of the situation. We can provide you with information on the many alternatives available to you as well as their expected results. If we accept your case, we will do so on a contingency basis, which means you will not owe us anything unless and until we win.