Many commuters have opted to trade out their gas-guzzling cars for something with more pedal power. Not only will cycling help you reduce your carbon footprint, but you’ll also snag a healthier body and mind with every trip.
However, life in the saddle isn’t without its lowlights. California’s streets can be dangerous places for riders, with hundreds injured in accidents involving motorists every year.
Thankfully, if you were struck by a driver, this doesn’t mean you will be straddled with the resulting medical bills, lost income, and other losses. With the right steps, you can build a strong case against the at-fault party/parties to recover the settlement you need to get your life back on track.
Let’s look at a few signs that you might have a strong bicycle accident claim:
You Visited the Doctor Immediately
Seeking medical treatment as soon as possible after the wreck will not only help prevent additional health complications, but will also show the insurer you are taking your recovery seriously. A delayed diagnosis could lead to the insurer disputing the severity of your injuries or arguing that you failed in your duty to mitigate damages. As such, even if you feel fine, you should still visit the doctor within a reasonable timeframe after the accident.
You Tracked Your Damages Carefully
From invoices for repairs to receipts for replacement services, any documents for accident-related expenses should be compiled in a safe place. In a personal injury claim, you can only receive compensation for damages you are able to prove, and such documents will likely play an important role in demonstrating your losses.
You Took Photographs at the Accident Scene
Pictures of the wreckage could be used to piece together what happened, ultimately helping your attorney and/or an accident reconstructionist identify the liable party/parties. If you aren’t physically able to take photographs at the scene, you should ask a family member or friend to do so on your behalf.
Eyewitnesses Can Corroborate Your Version of Events
If someone else saw the accident happen, their statements could be used to support your claim. As such, if you were able to take down the names and contact details of any eyewitnesses you should share these details with your bicycle accident attorney during the initial consultation.
You Didn’t Provide a Recorded Statement
In the weeks following the wreck, the insurer will likely reach out to you to request a recorded statement. While they might assure you that they just want to “hear your side of the story”, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Claims adjusters often use these interviews as an opportunity to gather evidence that could be used as ammunition to challenge your claim. As such, until you’ve had a chance to investigate the wreck and assess your damages, you should postpone this conversation or let an attorney handle future dialogue.
Discuss Your Case with a California Bicycle Accident Attorney
Did your last ride end in disaster? Turn to the legal team at HPIL to discuss your options. Our bicycle accident attorneys can review your case as part of a free consultation. Dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS or visit our contact page HERE to set up a time that works best for you.
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