Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Burbank
Helping You with All Your Personal Injury Needs
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, there are several important steps you should take.
Our knowledgeable bicycle accident attorneys in Burbank recommend the following:
- First, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you do not feel injured, some types of injuries do not make themselves known until hours or even days after the accident, such as concussions and internal bleeding. In addition to treating your injuries, a doctor will be able to give you official documentation on the extent of your injuries. This could become invaluable evidence for you if you choose to pursue a personal injury claim later on.
- Second, you should document as much about the accident and your injuries as possible. This documentation may include written notes about the event, medical records, police reports, and the contact information of any witnesses. You should also take videos and pictures of the scene of the accident as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Lastly, you should speak with a bicycle accident lawyer in Burbank. An experienced attorney will be able to inform you of your rights and your best available legal options. With representation, you can also ensure that you are not taken advantage of by the insurance companies. Having a lawyer is invaluable because they can protect your rights and effectively fight for your best interests.
Call the Akopyan Law Firm today at (818) 509-9975 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with our bicycle accident lawyers in Burbank.
Can I make a claim for my bicycle injuries even though I was not wearing a helmet while riding?
Yes! While the law in California requires a bicyclist to wear a helmet, a bike rider who gets hurt in a bicycle accident can still make a claim for their injuries. Your claim may be reduced by your comparative negligence compared to the negligence of the other driver, but you still have the right to make a claim. For instance, if your accident was so severe that you sustained serious injuries that would have occurred despite wearing a helmet (like a broken arm, for example), then you are entitled to make a full claim and be fully compensated for your injuries.
What should I do if I get a call from the other driver’s insurance company?
You are not legally required to speak with the other driver’s insurance company and it is highly recommended that you refrain from doing so. Insurance companies’ main objective is to pay you as little money as possible so it would not be in your best interests to speak with them. They will try to use anything you tell them against you in the future so that they can minimize the amount they pay you. The best way to handle this situation is to politely decline and inform them that they will have to speak with your attorney. A lawyer can ensure your rights are fully protected and that you are not taken advantage of.
The other driver’s insurance adjuster is asking for my recorded statement; what should I do?
Again, you are not legally required to talk to the other driver’s insurance company and you should not give any type of statement, recorded, written, or otherwise. Oftentimes, insurance adjusters use these “recorded statements’ as an excuse to help minimize their payouts. If you say anything incriminating, even if it was meant to be a simple explanation, it can be used against you later on. If that happens, you may receive less money than you would have had you not given a statement. Instead, you should give the insurance company your attorney’s contact information and tell them your legal representative will speak with them. An attorney can protect your rights and ensure you are not taken advantage of by the adjusters.
If I think the accident was my fault, should I say so?
Never. You should never admit fault in an accident because the other party may be completely at fault, even if you believe you are partially responsible. You should not admit anything to anyone. While you should comply with the police in their investigation, just remember that everything you say can and will be used against you in the future.