According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in 2017 there was only one state that had more fatal bike accidents than California. Bike fatalities went up by over 8% in a single year from 2015 and 2016. The most common injuries caused by bike accidents include broken bones, facial injuries, spinal injuries, neck injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
If you have been the victim of a bike accident in California, then you may need to build the strongest possible case against an at-fault party. Keep reading to find out the three steps to achieving that goal and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
- Document Everything About the Accident As soon as possible, call the police and ask them to come take a report. As you are waiting for them to arrive, take photos of the accident – including where your bike and the vehicle ended up, any injuries you may have, skid marks on the pavement, damage to the vehicle, and other relevant things. If you are unable to do so due to your injuries, as someone nearby to take pictures or to take video. You will also want to write down every witness’s name and their contact information. Eye witness testimony can make or break your case as it often comes down to your word against the other party. Write down everything you can about the accident as soon as you can. Do not assume that you will remember the details later.
- Get Medical Care for Your Injuries If there are medical professionals at the scene, do not refuse treatment. If you do not go by ambulance, go to an ER or your personal physician immediately. You could be dealing with a rush of adrenaline that is masking your pain and injury symptoms, or shock could be doing the same thing. You also need to be able to show that your injuries were serious and the best way to do that is to have medical documentation. If you do not see a doctor right away (or at all) then you can count on the defense to claim that this is evidence that you were not seriously injured.
- Document All of Your Damages Having detailed descriptions of your damages can help get you the settlement you deserve. Get and keep copies of all the bills related to the accident. This may include lost income, medical bills, and cost of personal care. You will need proof to get the maximum you are owed.
The Final Step: Contact an Attorney
Once you have your proof gathered, your next step is to contact a personal injury attorney who can fight aggressively for your case. That attorney is The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. Call now at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.