What to Do After a Bicycle Accident or Pedestrian Injury
Southern California Personal Injury Law Firm for Pedestrian and Bike Accidents
What to do If You Have Been Injured in a Bicycle or Pedestrian Accident
Throughout Los Angeles, pedestrians and bicyclists are hit by cars on nearly a daily basis. Some of these incidents lead to only minor injuries but many of them are incredibly serious. If you have been involved in such an accident, you may be in shock or incapacitated. However, if you are able to take action, there are several steps that we suggest. Our hope is that you will be able to protect yourself, your rights and your interests in the immediate aftermath of an accident even before you have a chance to call Lederer & Nojima LLP at 310-312-1860.
First, seek immediate medical attention: After a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think you aren't injured, get examined by a doctor. There could be internal injuries that might not be immediately apparent. Immediate medical attention can reduce your chances for complications such as serious infections and permanent scarring. Furthermore, neck pain, wrist pain, and back problems may not be immediately apparent after an accident. Additionally, if you have complications that arise later, your initial medical exam will be on record to demonstrate that you had concerns about your health. This may bolster your case if you do need to seek compensation for your injuries. Keep all records and details about your exams.
Gather basic information: Try to gather as much information as possible about the accident: time and place; specific names of the people involved; contact information for any witnesses. As soon as possible, take pictures of the accident site and any damage to your property or body to show how the accident may have happened and what its consequences were.
Call the police and keep records of all evidence: The police may be able to offer you immediate medical attention and obtain the services you need to treat your injuries. Furthermore, a police report should be filed after any accident. Request a copy of the report. Keep the clothes, helmet and any other items you were wearing so they can be used as evidence. If you have to repair or replace your bike, accessories, protective equipment, clothes or other items, save the receipts.
Limit your contact with insurance companies: After a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident in Los Angeles, you will likely receive a phone call from an insurance adjuster from the driver's insurance carrier. Ask for the name, address and telephone number of the insurance company, the claim number and information about the policy's medical coverage limits but do not do any of the following: discuss fault, make any statements, sign any forms or talk about settlements. Do not agree to any settlement of your claim. The insurance company is likely to offer you less than the full value of your claim. This settlement will certainly not be enough to cover your long-term medical treatment or replace your damaged property.
Furthermore, your own insurance company may also be in contact with you. This is especially true if the driver of the car that hit you was uninsured or under insured. In such cases, it is imperative that you call 310-312-1860 to speak with an attorney at Lederer & Nojima.
Finally, contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible: A skilled personal injury attorney at Lederer & Nojima LLP can protect your rights and your best interests. Our lawyers understand the causes of bike accidents and pedestrian accidents and have handled hundreds of these cases under the California Bike Laws, crosswalk laws and other statutes. We will work to maximize the compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at our Los Angeles offices.