Long Beach Bike Accident Attorney
Biking is an environmentally friendly way to get from one destination to another, which is important in smog-ridden California. Additionally, riding a bike means you’ll save money, since you aren’t paying astronomical gas prices. The only problem is that riding a bike is inherently dangerous, especially in Los Angeles County, which is the least bicyclist-friendly city in California. By biking in Southern California, you’re putting yourself at risk of getting injured by a car on the road. If a car hit and injured you while you were biking, then it’s time to get representation and compensation for your injuries.
If you need a bike accident lawyer, Robin D. Perry is here for you and ready to help.
Bicycle Accident Lawyer Serving Long Beach & Los Angeles
For over two decades, we’ve been representing clients in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Southern California to fight to get the compensation that’s rightfully theirs. You can give us a call at 562-216-2944 for your free consultation or simply to learn about what we can offer. In the meantime, discover more about bike accidents and how we can assist you.
Bike Accident Injuries in California
Getting into a car accident is dangerous enough. But if you’re on a bicycle, you’re extremely vulnerable… especially if you aren’t wearing safety gear like a sturdy, well-fitting helmet. A driver could hit you and throw you from your bike, and you could land on the street or sidewalk and sustain severe injuries.
Some injuries you could experience include back and neck injuries, a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, broken bones, cuts, scrapes, scarring, disfigurement, and road rash. Your treatment for these injuries could last just a few weeks or for the rest of your life depending on the severity of your injury.
Proving Liability in a Bike Accident
The common bike accidents that occur include hitting the opening door of a car that’s parked on the street, getting struck by a vehicle that’s making a right turn, and being brushed by a passing vehicle. When it comes to getting compensation for your injuries from any type of bike accident, you’ll need to show that another party was negligent, and their negligence caused the accident and led to your injury.
For instance, if a driver was speeding and hit you from behind, they could be held liable for your injuries. If a business owner didn’t repair a pothole outside their business and you fell off your bike and got hurt because of it, they may be held liable. If you weren’t following the rules of the road, however, you may be held responsible, too.
Keep in mind that even if you are partly responsible, you might still be able to receive some compensation for your injuries. You’ll have to ask a bike accident lawyer about negligence to see what options are available to you.
What to Do After a Bike Accident
After you get injured in a bike accident, call the police and fill out a police report with the details of the accident. Get the other driver’s insurance and contact information and take a photograph of their license plate. Also, snap photos of the scene of the accident, your visible injuries, and damage to your bike and belongings. Ask witnesses for statements as well.
Following the accident, go to the hospital as soon as possible and get X-rays taken. Tell the doctor about any pain you’re experiencing, even if it seems minor. Your injuries could get worse over time. Follow your doctor’s treatment plan by going to appointments and taking medicine, if necessary. If you neglect to care for yourself, this could hurt your case.
If the other driver’s insurance company calls you to provide a settlement, don’t accept it. Don’t tell them about your injuries, either. Instead, get in touch with a bike accident lawyer in Southern California for help. They can help you gather your medical records and any other proof you need when filing your claim. They will also negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement. You won’t pay your lawyer a dime unless they can get a settlement for you.
While your lawyer is negotiating, you can rest and recover from your injuries. You’ll have peace of mind that someone is advocating for you and helping you when you need it the most.
Get in Touch Now
If you’ve been injured in a bike accident in Long Beach or Los Angeles, then contact the Law Office of Robin D. Perry & Associates. You can call us at 562-216-2944 or contact us on our website. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your bike accident case.