Bike accident

Many throughout California enjoy bicycle riding as a form of exercise and as an efficient mode of transportation. However, the more people choose to travel by bicycle, the greater the risk of being involved in a bicycle accident. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents can be profound and life-changing events. 

Although bicycle fatalities and serious injuries in California decreased from 2019 to 2020, the numbers remain high. As a bicycle rider, you may wonder what to do after a bicycle accident in CA. While it may be difficult to maintain clarity of mind after an accident, there are steps you can take to protect your legal rights and help obtain compensation for your damages.

If you’ve been in a bicycle accident, Silva Injury Law can help. Contact us today.

Document the Scene 

Immediately after the accident, try to stay calm and move away from moving traffic and out of harm’s way. Record the details of the accident to the best of your ability. With today’s technology, your mobile phone helps. Memories fade quickly, even after a traumatic event like a bicycle accident. 

Take photographs of the damage to your bicycle, the car that hit you, your injuries, and other property damage. 

Even recording information about the time of day, the weather conditions, and how the accident occurred keeps those memories preserved more accurately as time passes. In addition to using your phone to verbally record details, take photographs, or even take a video of the scene—it may also be helpful to draw a diagram of the accident. The diagram should show the location, traffic light locations, and location of the parties. 

You should also preserve all damaged clothing worn during the accident. Don’t repair the damage to your bicycle or dispose of damaged bicycle parts, as a lawyer may use them to support your case.

Report the Accident 

Call the police immediately. Ask responding law enforcement officers to prepare an accident report with their unbiased summary of the bike accident. A police report provides valuable information that insurance companies and your personal injury attorney may use in a personal injury claim. If you suffer injuries and cannot document the accident scene and details yourself, the prepared police report might supplement your memories of the event. Retrieve a copy of your police report from the reporting agency. If you don’t know how to retrieve a copy of your bike accident report, your personal injury attorney can help. 

Gather Information 

If possible, collect information about the driver and any witnesses to the bike accident. The information should include their name, contact details, driver’s license, and insurance information. Please take pictures of their driver’s license and insurance card. 

Seek Medical Treatment 

Do not assume you escaped injury-free if your injuries are not immediately apparent following an accident. Injuries may appear in the hours, days, or even weeks following an accident. When you see a doctor after your accident, they document injuries. This documentation may save your compensation claim because it will causally connect your injuries to the accident. 

When your doctor identifies your injuries, complete all prescribed treatments. A failure to do so may negatively affect your ability to collect total compensation in a lawsuit. 

Consult an Attorney 

Do not speak to insurance companies or lawyers representing opposing parties without legal representation. As you recover from your injuries, you may feel overwhelmed and at a loss as to what to do next. However, you deserve the right to recover compensation when another causes your injuries. 

A lawyer helps in many ways, including speaking to insurance companies on your behalf, negotiating potential settlements, and calculating the value of your case. The lawyer investigates and gathers evidence to build a strong case and prepare you for trial. 

Contact Us

At Silva Injury Law, we treat our clients like family. We understand the trauma and stress you may be feeling following a bike accident. As you begin to rebuild your life, you need an attorney to be with you every step of the way. Silva Injury Law never charges injured victims upfront to handle their case. We offer free remote or in-person case reviews to determine whether your case has merit. Our fee is a percentage of the compensation we recover for you—so we don’t get paid unless and until you do. For this reason, we fight hard for every case. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get your life back!