What You Should Do After a Bicycle Accident in Los Angeles
Generally, pleasant weather makes California an ideal location for bike lovers. Unfortunately, many bicyclists suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries in accidents caused by negligent drivers.
If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a bicycle crash in Southern California, it is in your best interest to take the following steps. Most importantly, contact the Los Angeles Injury Group before you speak to any insurance company. You can take advantage of a free consultation when you call (310) 954-7248 right now.
Get Medical Attention
Even if you do not think that you were hurt in a bicycle accident, you should still have a medical professional perform some kind of evaluation in order to ensure you did not sustain an injury with delayed symptoms. Additionally, insurers will use any delay in treatment as evidence that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
File a Police Report
Do not let a negligent motorist talk you into not contacting authorities. You not only want a record of your accident, but you may need law enforcement to help if the driver decides to leave the scene.
Get Witness Information
If anyone saw the accident, make sure to get as much contact information from them as you can. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses are usually sufficient.
Take Photos and Preserve Evidence
If you are able, return to the crash scene and take as many pictures as possible. If you are unable to do this, have a friend or family member do this on your behalf.
Keep a Journal
Immediately after many crashes, some victims believe that the events they experienced are permanently etched into their memories. Yet, memories quickly fade.
By writing down everything right after a crash, you create a valuable record that you will be able to refer back to at a later date should specific information escape you.
Avoid Insurance Companies
One of the first phone calls most bicycle accident victims receive comes from a negligent driver’s insurance company. The representative for the insurer will typically be quite friendly and express genuine concern about your well-being as well as a willingness to take care of you.
In truth, many post-accident conversations between insurance companies and accident victims are exploited to get victims to unknowingly make damaging recorded statements about the nature of their injuries or the cause of the accident. You should always avoid speaking to any insurer until you have legal representation.
Contact a Los Angeles Bicycle Accident Attorney
Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a bike crash in Southern California? You should avoid speaking to anybody about your accident until you have first contacted the Los Angeles Injury Group.
Our firm represents bike accident victims in communities all over the greater Los Angeles area. before you speak to any insurance company. Call (310) 954-7248 or contact us online to have our experienced personal injury lawyer review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free consultation.