Despite what people say about L.A. being inhospitable to any means of transportation but the car, there are plenty of us here who do use bicycles. Whether you bicycle as a commuter, to exercise, or for recreation, you are likely aware of the risks cyclists take every time they get on the road.
How Bicycling Accidents Happen
Many drivers simply do not pay attention to cyclists. They have forgotten about the rights and legal entitlement to space on the roads that cyclists have. Though you may take all the right precautions including wearing a helmet, signaling and using lights and reflectors, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid an accident with a motorist.
What to Do After an Accident
After a bicycle accident, the most important thing to ensure is your physical safety. Calling 911 or visiting urgent care will help you address any trauma you’ve sustained. After you have addressed your physical injuries, it’s important that you contact an attorney to discuss your options.
Those who caused the accident may be responsible for ensuring your recovery. There are a variety of damages that a cyclist can endure following an accident:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical injuries and treatment such as physical therapy
- Psychological damage, including PTSD
- Loss of work and wages
- Damage to your bicycle
- Damage to other equipment you were carrying, such as a laptop
Getting Back on the Road
Many cyclists have found that even after an accident, in due time, they’re ready to get back on the road. However, it’s imperative that you completely recover from any injuries first. A personal injury attorney can help you sort through the aftermath before you begin biking again.
Legal Help for Injured Cyclists in Los Angeles
Are you the survivor of a bicycle-related crash in Los Angeles? Do you need guidance as you acquire the financial support you need for recovery? Call Lederer Nojima today for a consultation. Together, we can help you regain your physical and mental health.