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What to Do If You Suffer a Personal Injury as a Cyclist
No matter if your bicycle injury was caused by a driver failing to give you adequate space while passing, a suddenly open van door or another road user encroaching into the cycle lane, we are always happy to review your case free of charge and give you free, impartial, no-obligation legal advice. We work on a contingency fee basis here at Scranton Law, which means two things: firstly, you won’t pay a penny until your case is successfully settled; and secondly, we don’t get paid if your case is unsuccessful, so you can rest assured that we will only take your case if we believe you have a good chance at success.
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First of all, you should be aware of the “dos and don’ts” immediately after your accident.
Do get photographic evidence of the accident scene when or if it is safe to do so. Photos taken immediately after an accident or collision showing the exact positions of all the vehicles, pedestrians or obstacles involved are ideal. However, you may be too injured on the day to take these photos: don’t worry, you can return to the scene later and take photos of the environment that can make your case easier to follow, such as road markings and fixed obstacles like bollards.
Don’t communicate directly with the other party’s insurance company before consulting an experienced personal injury firm. The insurance company’s job is to prove that you were at fault, either entirely or partially. We advise against even short conversations without first getting some legal advice, as seemingly innocent information could be used against you to imply fault.
Do keep records of absolutely everything. Even an inexpensive pharmacy receipt should be added to your personal injury case file. These small expenses might seem tiny in comparison to your medical bills but they frequently add up over time to an amount that can really put a strain on your finances. We want to make sure that these costs are included when calculating your settlement.
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Don’t presume that alternative therapies or counseling will not be relevant to your case. We often recommend seeing a chiropractic consultant as they can assess the long-term impact of your injuries as well as potentially uncovering hidden injuries that may only start to cause problems and pain further down the line. We can use a statement from your chiropractor to establish the severity and longevity of your injuries. We can also use an assessment from a psychiatrist or therapist to quantify the impact of your accident on your mental wellbeing. The costs for any such treatment can be added to your medical bills and other expenses to prove the financial impact of the accident.
Do speak to a local personal injury law firm as soon as possible. It’s essential to get in touch with a law firm local to you that has experience in dealing with bicycle accidents specifically. Cycling accidents can result in completely different injuries and repercussions compared to car accidents, so you need a specialist by your side.
Scranton Law Firm has extensive experience in dealing with the kinds of personal injuries caused by cycling accidents as well as decades of experience in California law. You can count on us to put your best interests first and strive for the best possible settlement on your behalf. Contact our team today for a free case review and a no-obligation consultation to discuss the circumstances surrounding your personal injury.