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Bicycle Accident Lawyer Near Me

Even if you wear a helmet, a flashing light on your back and all the gear you could conceivably strap on your person, as a cyclist, you will not be any match against a car or truck in a collision. Even a car moving as slowly as 25 miles an hour can hit you as a cyclist, and cause you a broken wrist, fractured clavicle and worse. Far too often, this happens to cyclists, and in the U.S. alone, around 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic collisions in a recent year, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or someone you know was involved in a Bay Area bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To find appropriate guidance for your injury or wrongful death case, you must talk to an accident attorney right away, preferably attorney Debra Bogaards, herself an avid cyclist. You deserve compensation, compassion, and the most aggressive representation you can find, so read on to learn more about how a bicycle accident lawyer near you could help with those.

Before And After a Bike Accident

Bike accidents can stem from a myriad of causes, but most of them, more often than not, stem from driver negligence. Responsible or cognizant drivers usually don’t ignore bike lanes, and while poor road conditions or faulty vehicle parts can sometimes make tragedies unavoidable, the fault often lies with a driver. Typical causes of pedestrian bike collisions include:

  • A vehicle turning around any intersection or ahead of a cyclist
  • A car door quickly opening
  • Being side-swiped or rear-ended
  • Driving under the influence
  • Basic rider and/or driver error

Regardless of the cause, you should take these basic steps in the immediate aftermath of an accident:

  • If you’re conscious, dial 9-1-1 to send first responders on the scene. 
  • If you’re able to, record video and/or photographic evidence of the accident scene.
  • Try to obtain the contact info of any witnesses. Get the other driver’s CDL or insurance information. 
  • Don’t leave the scene until the first responder has completed his or her report, and provided you with the report number.
  • Take the ambulance
  • Seek medical attention ASAP, and hire a personal injury attorney ASAP.

Seeking Financial Recovery

Once you’re in touch with a seasoned bicycle accident attorney, then your process of litigation, negotiation, and complete healing can begin. The opposing side’s attorney or insurer may try to contact you, but do not accept any settlements prematurely, and don’t give a recorded statement until you have an attorney who can offer the proper guidance and experience as well as get you the best offer.

Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Near You

After a crash and suffering injuries, it’s crucial to work with an experienced bicycle accident attorney near you, and in the Bay Area, you should look no further than Bogaards Law. Our experienced personal injury team has almost four decades of experience handling bicycle accident cases and a myriad of other practice areas. Debra Bogaards of Bogaards Law is a seasoned and avid road cyclist, who understands bike law. We’ve delivered success stories before, and we’ll happily deliver them for you. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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