What Should I Do After A Bicycle Accident?
ATTORNEY RENÉE YVONNE GARDNER
If you had a bicycle accident and are not sure what to do, I want to help.
My name is Renée Yvonne Gardner. I am a San Jose personal injury attorney. I am the attorney at Gardner Law.
Put my experience with bicycle accident cases to work for you, so you can focus on getting better.
If I get hit on my bicycle, do I have to call the police?
Yes, you need to call the police.
Read these tips on what you need to do after a bicycle accident.
Should I see a doctor after my bicycle accident?
Yes - right away. Sometimes injuries don't reveal themselves until days or even weeks after the accident.
The insurance adjuster will hold it against you if you delayed seeing a doctor.
For more information about why you need to see a doctor now, please read: Should I See A Doctor After The Accident?
Here's a list of Santa Clara County emergency rooms.
Here are some injuries that can happen if you get hit on your bike:
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Infection after an accident
- Internal injuries (organ damage)
- Knee injuries
- Loss of a limb
- Neck injuries
- Senses: loss of smell or taste
- Silent injuries
- Wrongful Death
Should I talk to the other person's insurance company about my personal injury case?
No - they are not looking out for you. The other person's insurance company looks out for themselves when it comes to your personal injury case.
The other person's insurance company looks for ways to reduce the value of your claim, or better yet, not pay you at all.
Should I talk to my own insurance company about my bicycle injury case?
No - they are not looking out for you. Insurance companies look out for themselves.
Insurance companies look for ways to reduce the value of your claim, or better yet, not pay you at all.
Who pays for a hit and run bicycle accident?
There are a few possibilities when it comes to getting paid for a hit and run accident:
The other person's auto insurance
If you got the plate of the fleeing car, the police might be able to get the insurance information of the hit and run driver. Depending on your injuries, the driver could be charged with a hit and run causing injuries.
The criminal court
If the person gets charged with hit and run, that's a crime. The criminal court can order them to pay your bills as a part of their criminal sentence.
Your auto insurance
If you had uninsured motorist coverage, your insurance might pay your hit and run bicycle accident claim.
It depends on the terms of your car insurance policy, which our I can review for you. I am San Jose accident attorney Renée Yvonne Gardner. My law office is called Gardner Law..
Is it okay if I post on Facebook about my accident?
No. Do not post on any social media about your injury accident. Anything you post on any social media, or your blog, can be used against you by any insurance company. Remember, insurance companies are not looking out for you.
The other driver's insurance company already offered to settle with me. Should I settle my accident case with them?
No. All insurance companies have procedures for assessing bicycle accident claims.
If the other driver's insurance company is already offering to settle your claim, you may want to settle the case now, to get it over with.
But, I advise you to NOT handle bicycle accident on your own. Why? Because most insurance companies offer less than what your case is worth.
If you settle your case without an attorney, you will not get the best settlement possible on your case.
The best bicycle injury settlements include payment for your medical bills, future medical costs, wage loss, future wage loss, pain and suffering, and more.
Is there a good attorney I can trust with my San José bicycle accident case?
I speak Spanish - hablo español.
If your loved one passed away in a bicycle accident, please call me about your wrongful death case.