What to Do After Getting Injured in a Bike Accident in California
You were biking one day when suddenly, a car hit and injured you. You know you were following all the traffic rules and it was the driver’s fault. Now, you not only have to deal with an injury, but your bike got damaged, too. You’re wondering what to do after getting injured in a bike accident. Can you go after the driver for damages?
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Initiating a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Bike Accident
You could potentially receive compensation for your injuries as well as for any damage to your bicycle. You will need to find a personal injury lawyer who can help you. They are going to evaluate what happened and let you know if you are possibly eligible for a settlement.
Some factors that will determine whether or not a personal injury lawyer can assist you include:
- Who was at fault
- If you created a police report
- If you have any evidence to prove fault
- If you sought out immediate medical attention
- If you kept up with treatment
- If you already accepted a settlement from the driver
- If you already accepted a settlement from the driver’s insurance company
Even if you didn’t do everything, your personal injury lawyer may still be able to work on your case and help you collect the information and proof you need.
What to Do After a Bicycle Accident
The first thing you should do after getting into an accident is to call the police and generate a police report. The police may need to ticket the driver for reckless driving and perhaps even arrest them if they were driving while drunk or intoxicated. You should tell the police not only about what happened, but also about any injuries you experienced.
You should then get the contact and insurance information for the driver, as well as take a picture of their license plate, any damage to your bike, your visible injuries, and the scene of the accident. Ask any witnesses who saw what happened for statements and for their contact information just in case you need to follow up. Look around and see if there are any cameras that could have captured the accident. If so, write down where they are located.
Then, once you’ve wrapped up at the scene, go to the hospital. This is crucial even if you think you weren’t injured. Sometimes, injuries kick in later on. For example, you may have only suffered some whiplash initially, but in a few days, that could turn into some serious neck pain.
While you’re at the hospital, get X-rays to see if there is internal damage you may not be aware of. Make sure you go to your doctors’ appointments and follow the treatment plan. If you do not, it may seem like you aren’t taking your injuries seriously.
Don’t fix your bike, your helmet, or any other damaged belongings until you speak with a personal injury lawyer. Otherwise, they won’t be able to properly evaluate the damages you could possibly receive.
Should You Accept a Settlement From the Driver or Insurance Company?
The driver might offer you cash on the spot to not make a claim with the insurance company. It may seem like enough cash since you barely got injured and your bike is fine. However, you should never accept a cash settlement.
After being hit, you might be confused or stressed out and make a rash decision. You’re not going to be thinking straight because of the trauma the accident caused. It may seem like your injuries aren’t serious, but they could get worse. It might not seem like your bike is in bad shape, either, but once you ride it for a long distance, it could start to give out. Always get the driver’s insurance information so you can make a claim. If you accept a settlement, you may not be able to go after one later on.
The same thing goes for when the driver’s insurance company calls you. They’re going to offer you a settlement pretty soon after the accident. Why? If they wait too long, your injuries could become more severe, and you’ll want more money for your medical bills. Plus, if they catch you right away, you may be eager to accept a settlement and move on with your life.
Again, don’t accept any money because it won’t be enough, and you’ll be stuck only with that settlement. You’ll have to sign on the dotted line and say you won’t try to get additional compensation from the insurance company, even if you need it. Don’t even tell them you’re injured. Instead, hang up and call a personal injury lawyer instead.
What If the Accident Was My Fault?
You may think that you are totally at fault for your bicycle accident. If this is the case, you may not be able to get compensation. However, if you were partly responsible and so was the driver, then you may be able to get some sort of settlement. It’s best to reach out to a personal injury lawyer, who will look at the evidence and be able to help you determine who was really at fault.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
You may be worried about how much a personal injury lawyer is going to cost you, since you’ve heard that lawyers are quite expensive. A personal injury lawyer works on contingency, which means that you won’t pay anything unless your lawyer can get a settlement for you. And then, once they take out their fee from your settlement, it won’t be a surprise. You’ll agree to all the fees before you sign any agreement. You can even get a free consultation from most personal injury firms.
When looking for a lawyer, seek out one who has experience with bike accidents. They should have excellent reviews and case results to back up their experience as well. Then, you know you’re in good hands, and you’ll be able to get the settlement that you deserve. Hopefully, once you’ve recovered, you can get back out on the road in no time.
Get in Touch With Robin D. Perry & Associates
If you need help with your bike accident lawsuit, then it’s time to get in touch with the Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates today. No matter what, we will fight on your behalf during your time of need. Call us at 562-216-2944 or contact us on our website for a free consultation.