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The rise in bicycling as a preferred mode of transportation in California is a positive trend towards sustainability and health. Yet, this increase has also led to a surge in bike accidents, often resulting in serious injuries or damage. Whether the cause is a negligent driver, an inattentive pedestrian, unsafe road conditions, or defective bike components, the repercussions for cyclists can be severe.

Understanding your rights and the actions to take post-accident is crucial for protecting yourself and ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 for a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.

Know Your Rights: Personal Injury Claims

In the aftermath of a bike accident, you might find yourself facing not only physical injuries but also financial strain due to medical bills, bike repair costs, and potentially lost wages. It’s important to recognize that if another party’s negligence caused the accident, you might be entitled to compensation. This can cover various damages, including property damage, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can provide clarity on your rights and the viability of pursuing a claim.

Immediate Actions Post-Accident

Prioritize Safety and Health

Your immediate focus should be on safety and health. If there are injuries, dial 9-1-1 without delay. It’s crucial not to move anyone injured unless absolutely necessary, as improper movement can exacerbate injuries. Even in the absence of visible serious injuries, having a professional evaluation is advisable since some injuries may not be immediately apparent.

Report the Incident

No matter the extent of the damage, involving the police is a wise step, especially if the property damage exceeds $950. A police report can serve as a valuable piece of evidence when filing a claim or lawsuit.

Document Everything

Gather as much information as possible at the scene. Take photographs of the injuries, damages, and the accident location. Collect contact details from all parties involved, including witnesses. Documenting license plates, road signs, and any relevant environmental conditions can also be beneficial.

Record Your Account of the Accident

As soon as you’re able, write down your detailed recollection of the accident. Memories can fade or become less precise over time, so having a written account can be incredibly helpful later during legal proceedings or when filing a claim.

Seeking Legal Guidance

Determining whether to accept an insurance company’s settlement offer without legal advice can be risky. Insurance companies often aim to minimize payouts, and an initial offer may not fully cover the extent of your damages and needs. By consulting with a personal injury attorney, you can ensure your rights are protected, and you’re pursuing the best possible outcome.

Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn offers free legal consultations, providing an opportunity to explore your options with no upfront cost. Should you decide to proceed with a claim, many attorneys, including those at Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn, operate on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t pay unless your case is successful. Contact us at (310) 209-1600 for a free legal consultation.

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