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Injured in a Bicycle Accident in California? What to Know

On Behalf of | Jan 13, 2022 | Personal Injury

Being involved in a bicycle accident can lead to serious, life-altering injuries. If this has happened to you, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for your right to compensation.

What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents in California?

Common causes of bicycle accidents typically revolve around some sort of negligence behind the wheel. The most common causes of bicycle accidents in New Jersey are as follows:

  • Not checking blind spots
  • Ignoring traffic signs and lights
  • Failing to comply with other rules and regulations of the road
  • Failing to yield
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Speeding
  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Disciplining raucous children while driving
  • Texting while driving

What should I do following a bicycle accident?

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important that you take the following steps to protect yourself and your future.

  1. Call the police. They will be able to create a safer scene by redirecting traffic if necessary. They will also be able to bring an ambulance to the scene.
  2. The police will document the accident by conducting a police report.
  3. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, if you can, collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name, email address, and phone number.
  4. Take photos and videos of the scene of your accident.
  5. Take photos of your injuries.
  6. When the ambulance arrives, it is important that you seek treatment immediately.
  7. Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment.
  8. Retain the services of a skilled California personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal properly.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years in California. This is important to understand because this means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent party who is responsible for your accident. You may risk being permanently barred from suing if you fail to take action within this time period. To get started today, give our firm a call.

Contact our experienced California firm

Whether you’ve been injured in an accident due to negligence or you’ve been charged with a crime, you cannot afford to proceed without strong legal representation at your side. Here at The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, we are dedicated to helping all those in need of an attorney who can efficiently fight for their rights. Contact our firm today so we can discuss your case.