Saturday, September 26, 2009

Know Your Rights: Pedestrian And Bicycle Accident Victims

In Los Angeles and Ventura County, people on foot and on bicycles have the right of way. Crosswalks, bike lanes and sidewalks are supposed to give you some level of legal protection, as you navigate your way through, automobiles, delivery trucks, motorcycles, and buses. Yet, every year thousands of people are injured or killed when negligent or distracted motorists ignore signs or choose to widen their driving lanes. If you have been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident you have the full protection of the law on your side.

When to Use a Personal Injury Attorney

The personal injury trial attorneys provide aggressive, experienced representation to help victims of negligence fight for a fair recovery of money damages after an accident. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents aren't always cut-and-dried cases for liability. There are often extenuating circumstances regarding driver inattention, other vehicles on the road and proper signage. Our litigation attorneys have the experience and resources to fully investigate and reconstruct your accident to determine which insured parties may be held liable for your injuries.

What to Do If You Are Injured

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, a bicycle accident or a car crash, it is very important that you record the facts. Take time to write down every detail about the accident, including the time, place, weather conditions and testimony from any witnesses at the scene. Often, your case will come down to your facts against the report of a police officer who was not at the scene.

A personal injury law firm will help you find the financial resources you need while you are waiting for your case to settle. Usually they offer a free office consultation and will handle pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle and motor vehicle accident cases on contingency. If you don't receive money in a settlement or jury verdict, you will not pay any attorney fees.

By: Neil Krupnick

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