Bicycle Injuries 101
Cycling is an excellent mode of transportation for many reasons. Health and wellness, environmental, and having more control over maneuvering through traffic are some of the most common reasons a person hops on a bike. However, while cycling provides plenty of benefits, it, like so many other types of transportation, comes with risks. In California, which leads the country in cycling-accident fatalities, those risks can be deadly.
By being on such a narrow-wheeled vehicle, it is tempting to hurry and swing around cars. Never treat traffic lights as suggestions rather than demands. It isn't a good idea to try and create shared lanes that are not made for sharing. When considering cycling, it's imperative to obey traffic laws for your safety.
It's also important not to trust other drivers to know those laws. Being aware of your surroundings while on the road is critical, as is wearing a helmet, which is law if you're under eighteen in California. A helmet can protect you from devastating, often fatal, brain injuries.
So now you've read up on the statistics-- you know how dangerous it can be and you're taking all the precautions. Protective gear, a well-planned route, and you're obeying laws and paying attention, and you still get into an accident.
Here are some things you need to know:
In California, you can sue the person that caused the accident. Damages may be sought through a civil case, including help with medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Get checked out by a doctor, even if you think you're fine. Often adrenaline and shock can keep you from knowing the extent of your injuries.
Seeking medical attention helps prevent further damage and enables you to see the scope of what's happened to you. Call the police to see if they will come to the scene and prepare a police report. Be sure to gather as much information as you can, including driver details, car details, the time and conditions when the accident occurred, and more. These details are what help determine fault and are vital to an investigation and insurance claim.
Don't admit fault. Take pictures if you're able to. Speak with a lawyer before speaking with your insurance. If you have medical payments coverage or uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy, it will apply to you when you are on a bicycle too.
If you or a loved one has been in a cycling accident, contacting an experienced lawyer is a critical step as well. A lawyer can help you know what steps you need to take to protect yourself as well as aid you in navigating insurance claims. Call 415-545-8608 to schedule your FREE consultation.