Do you need help to file a bicycle accident claim in Los Angeles? We are here for you. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Farahi Law Firm, APC have the expertise, knowledge and resources to help you get full compensation for the injuries you have sustained. We are aggressive yet compassionate in advocating for our clients’ interests when harmed by other parties’ negligence in bicycle accidents. If you or a loved one got seriously injured in a bicycle accident, contact us today for a free consultation.
As per NHTSA crash statistics, despite a 8.1% decrease from 2016 numbers, bicyclist deaths accounted for 2.1 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in year 2017. Bicycles are a great alternative to cars when driving around Los Angeles’ congested roads. However, more usage of bicycle means more accidents. Although bicyclists are required to follow the same traffic laws as motor vehicle drivers, many bicyclists are still involved in accidents on a daily basis. What makes bicycle crashes scarier is the rider’s lack of additional body protection other than the basic safety gear such as helmets, elbow pads and knee pads. Even a lighter impact collision at a low speed can still cause the bicyclist to suffer catastrophic injuries.
Apart from the severe emotional trauma bicycle accident victims may suffer cuts, bruises, abrasions and contusions as well as more serious injuries affecting the neck or the brain. They may even succumb to fatal injuries in the worst situations, leading to wrongful death.
What to do after a bicycle crash in Los Angeles?
To build a strong bicycle accident claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, here’s what to do:
- Call Police & Wait Till They Arrive – By calling the police you are getting you case documented in legal record which further gives more weightage when filling for insurance claim for injuries and damages of your vehicle.
- Collect Information – It is always advisable to collect as much information like insurance details from other party, witness and photographs only if you believe you are not heavily injured otherwise it’s better to stay calm and wait for medical assistance.
- Never Say No For Injuries – This is one of the major reason your accident case might get turned down. Just because in the heat of accident you felt no pain, doesn’t mean you should say no when the police/insurance asked you about injuries. If you are not bleeding does not mean you are not hurt, it is just that you are traumatized from an accident which does not allow your brain to think about your pain and as per our experience we have found 70-80% accident victims feel pain the next day.
- Seek Medical Attention – Regardless of how you are feeling do not say no to medical attention. Only a medical examiner can put your mind at ease, diagnose and treatment for your injuries.
Statute of Limitations to file a Bicycle Accident Claim
Anyone involved in a Los Angeles bicycle accident has two years to file a lawsuit for damages arising from an incident involving a car. If you fail to file your claim within this statutory period, judge may dismiss your claim. Thus, never wait to hire an attorney to build a strong case. If you have any doubts about your claim or accident, Farahi Law Firm, APC is here to help. Our expert Los Angeles Bicycle accident attorneys will help you determine when and how to file your claim and ensure that the statute of limitations on your claim does not run out.
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