Riding a bike or going for a walk are considered relaxing activities that are enjoyed by most people. With these activities, however, comes the risk of an accident. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents are serious and should always be treated as such. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, contact a personal injury attorney.
Common injuries that follow these types of accidents include:
- Concussions or other major brain trauma
- Broken bones in the arms, legs, ribs, or back
- Neck injuries affecting the spinal cord, that could lead to paralysis
- Emotional or psychological trauma
Immediately following the accident, the police should be called to start filing a police report. Exchanging important information such as driver’s licenses and insurance should be done between the parties involved. Medical attention should then be sought for any injuries. Even if you feel fine or that you don’t have any injuries, it’s best to confirm that with medical professionals. With the adrenaline and shock from what happened running through your body, it may seem like you aren’t hurt, but you could be, and your injuries could even be internal. Any documentation from the doctor could be used in your case, such as x-rays, lab results, and blood work.
If you have been injured because of someone’s negligence you should contact a Southern California personal injury attorney. The trusted attorneys at the Pacific Coast Injury Law Center know what you’re going through and want you to be fairly compensated. Compensation for such accidents can help pay for medical bills, rehabilitation, physical, emotional, or psychological therapy, as well as lost wages from time off work that was spent recovering.
Pacific Coast Injury Law Center knows how difficult and stressful these situations are for everyone involved. Allowing an experienced attorney to handle your case can result in success and less stress for you and your loved one. Contact the office today to schedule your case consultation.
Riding a bicycle in Los Angeles should be an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Unfortunately, other drivers often don’t give enough respect to bicycle riders, but bicyclists share equal rights to those who drive a car, truck, or motorcycle on California roadways. Specifically, riders of bicycles are required to obey the same rules as other vehicles on the road. Often there is a bicycle lane explicitly delineated for bicycle riders. Through the negligence, inattentiveness or willfulness of other motor vehicle drivers, injuries occur which require the assistance of a lawyer.
These bicycle accidents can occur when a motor-vehicle driver fails to:
- adequately stop at a posted stop sign
- obey speed limits on a blind curve; or
- while pulling in or out of a driveway or parking spot
A bicycle may also be rear-ended if a car is following too closely behind a bicyclist. If this occurs, a bicycle accident could occur where the bicycle rider is “sandwiched” between two cars resulting in serious injuries, such as a broken leg, amputation, or death. When these bicycle injuries result, contact our office to discuss your bicycle collision.
For those bicyclists who are involved in even a minor bicycle accident will often suffer far greater injury than anyone who was in a car or other motor vehicle. Cyclists in Los Angeles who wear protective gear, such as helmets, will always have some injuries, even if it’s only road rash. For those who were hit by a car at low speeds, there is generally only damage done to the aesthetics of their car, while for bicyclists, they are generally thrown from the bicycle and generally suffer serious injuries including broken bones, road-rash, lacerations, brain damage, severe bleeding or even death.
Contact us immediately for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident. We will discuss with you the facts surrounding your accident, and we will assist you in obtaining medical attention for your injuries as well as compensation for a new bicycle, medical costs and services, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and any lost-wages directly resulting from this bicycle accident.
Our firm provides free consultations to victims and family members. We will travel to your location and review your case with you.
At Pacific Coast Injury Law Center, we take motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that we do not charge any legal fees unless we make a recovery for you. When we do secure financial compensation for your damages, our fees are paid as an agreed upon percentage of that settlement.
What To Do After an Accident:
Most accidents are unexpected and almost always stressful. Sometimes accidents are unavoidable no matter how much care or precaution you take. If you are in a motor vehicle accident or slip/trip and fall, we are here to help you.
Be prepared before an Accident Happens:
- Items to Keep Handy in Your Car:
- Your insurance information
- Pen and paper
- A seatbelt cutting tool
- Disposable Camera if you don’t have a cell phone with a camera
- Cones, warning triangles or emergency flares in your trunk
Immediately After an Accident:
- Stay calm, because getting upset will only makes things worse
- Pull over to the shoulder and get to safety
- Turn on your car’s hazard lights and if necessary use flares or cones
- Make sure everyone is ok and call an ambulance if necessary or you’re in doubt
- Call the police if there are injuries or there is significant property damage
- Call your insurance company to report the accident and request a tow truck if necessary
- It is important to gather information in case you need to make a claim later on
- Get the following information from all parties involved:
- Phone number
- Email address
- Make, model and year of the car
- License plate number
- Insurance carrier
- Insurance policy numbeer
- Take notes about the accident, including specific damages to all vehicles involved, witness information, and what you believed caused the accident
- Take notes about what the other driver’s said or what you heard witnesses say
If Police are Present:
- Get the officers name and badge or ID number or business card
- Get police report number (so a police report can be requested once it is prepared)
Take Photographs of:
- All vehicles, whether damaged or not
- The accident location
- The parties involved in the accident
- People involved with the accident
DO NOT DO THE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Release your social security number to anyone
- DO NOT ADMIT FAULT, even if you think you are
- Often times people involved in accidents do not have a complete understanding as to why the accident happened, so it is important to not just assume it’s your fault
If you or your loved one has been a motor vehicle accident, give us a call today.
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