Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Bicycle Accident Victims Throughout San Diego County
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, you may have a strong personal injury case on your hands. All too often distracted car and truck drivers collide with cyclists, which can result in serious injuries and sometimes death. To seek fair compensation on your personal injury claim, call or come in today to speak with an experienced team of attorneys at Ozols Law Firm.
Our team of personal injury attorneys knows just how important it is to have resources on your side. Often time’s insurance companies try to blame cyclists for causing the accident, when really they are the victims. These insurance companies try to spin the story to make the cyclist seem negligent at the time of the accident. However, without the proper knowledge and understanding of the California state laws, an innocent victim can easily be taken advantage of in this type of scenario.
Attorneys with Experience Handling Bicycle Accident Cases
When individuals try to handle cases on their own, they typically receive much lower settlements, because the insurance companies know they can get away with it. While the insurance companies will make you believe you’re getting the best settlement possible, remember they will do anything in their power to save themselves some money by taking advantage of your lack of experience. By hiring a trusted member of our team, we will ensure that these insurance companies pay out what you deserve.
At our firm we know just how dangerous riding a bike near main roads can be. Even if you are a very cautious rider, you can never predict the driving behavior of another person. The majority of the bicycle personal injury accidents we receive in San Diego are due to distracted and irresponsible drivers who are talking on the phone or texting while driving. When you hire our experienced and aggressive team of attorneys, we make sure these drivers pay for their negligence.
What to do after a Bicycle Accident in San Diego
After being involved in a bicycle collision, always call 911 and report the accident. Even if the driver responsible for the collision tries to give you money to not report the accident, it is in your best interest to call for help. Bicycle accidents are just as serious as automobile accidents and should be taken seriously. Typically right after an accident has occurred it is hard to determine if you’re injured or the severity of your injuries due to a rush of adrenaline. If you decide not to report the accident at the time it occurred and injuries appear later on, there’s really nothing you can do at that point.
Reporting a bicycle collision should be treated just like an automobile accident. We recommend that you exchange information with the driver including their name, address, phone number, insurance information and policy number. Because people often twist stories to make themselves look better, we always advise that you do not discus any details of the accident with the other party. Rather wait until the police have arrived to provide you statement and further details of the incident. Also, if you noticed anyone witness the accident, it is crucial to get their contact information as well. Your San Diego personal injury and car accident lawyer may need to contact the witnesses in the future.
Keys to Remember after a Bicycle Accident
Some important pieces of advice after a bicycle accident to keep in mind are
- If you’re injured seek medical help immediately.
- Do not try to fight through the pain or tough it out because you’re worried about medical bills.
- Remember that your adrenaline is likely masking a good portion of the pain, and if you reject medical treatment you may be in extreme pain later.
Instead, we recommend that you take the medical teams advice to begin your recovery process. In addition, if the doctor recommends you start physical therapy after the accident, follow their advice. The best way to get back on your feet and back to your normal self is by strictly following the advice of your doctors.
Bicycle Accident Lawyers in San Diego are here to help
Lastly, the best way to prevent injuries while riding your bike is by wearing a helmet. While you may not look cool or hip in a helmet, it can literally be the difference of life or death in a serious collision. If you obtain serious head injuries after a collision and you are not wearing a helmet, even if the accident is not your fault, you may still be partially responsible. If you chose not to wear a helmet, you are not taking all safety precautions available to you. For that reason, the other parties insurance company can argue that you were negligent while riding your bicycle.
Call for a Free Consultation
Being involved in a serious bicycle accident can be a complicated matter. This is not something that you should have to go through alone. Don’t let the insurance company push you around and don’t let them tell you that you don’t have injuries. You need to stand up to them and get the result and the outcome you deserve. To speak with an experienced and knowledgeable team of attorneys call our firm today for a free consultation. We will discuss the details of your case and determine the next steps to winning your case and improving your future.