What is a personal injury attorney?

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A personal injury attorney is a legal professional who is hired to help a victim recover financially from any loss due to an injury caused by another’s negligence.

The types of loss and the types of injury can vary greatly. Most injuries are physical, but the injury can also be mental or emotional and can even include injuries to personal property.

In a typical personal injury case in the Redlands or San Bernardino county areas, the injury sustained is caused by someone other than the victim. Determining the person responsible for the injury is often complex and may involve multiple parties, all sharing a portion of the responsibility – also referred to as causation.

Causation legally obligates the negligent or faulty party to pay for losses associated with the injury. In order to establish causation or fault, your Harsh Law personal injury attorney will provide evidence and reasoning to prove that:

  • The responsible party had an obligation to provide safety or to not harm the victim
  • The responsible party violated that obligation
  • A victim was injured and experienced loss
  • A victim’s injury was caused by the breach of the responsible party’s duty

Gathering the necessary evidence and information to prove these points is a time-consuming and complex task. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Harsh Law are familiar with the legal requirements to build such a claim.

Can a personal injury attorney tell me how much my case is worth before meeting?

No.

Any attorney that claims to provide an internet ‘calculator’ or other marketing tool is simply trying to bait potential clients. No attorney can accurately tell you ‘what your case is worth’ over the phone and without a serious review of the claim.

The truth of the matter is, every single case is different, and the two major factors of compensation are loss and recovery. It takes legal experts significant time to understand how a victim has been affected by an accident.

The best way to determine what a personal injury case may be worth is to speak with the experienced personal injury attorney team at Harsh Law during a no-obligation consultation.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?

After an accident, especially a personal injury, many people will settle quickly with an insurance company rather than filing a claim. Insurance companies understand most people are overwhelmed by an injury and do not believe they can handle the stress of fighting to get the recovery they need.

The best course of action is to take the time you need to recover and allow an experienced legal professional work on your behalf to seek an appropriate settlement with an insurance company rather than accept a low-ball offer.

Harsh Law, like many other successful personal injury law firms, works on a contingency basis. This means our clients pay nothing upfront and our fees come from a settlement with the responsible party –we do not get paid until you do.

Talk to the Harsh Law team today about your personal injury. We want to hear from you and represent your claim to help provide the best recovery possible.

Motorcycle Accidents – When you need an attorney

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Have you or someone you know been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Redlands and Inland Empire area? The experienced legal team at Harsh Law is standing by to help you recover and seek the compensation you may be entitled.

Prejudice against motorcyclists is common – even in California. Sharing the road often requires that motorcyclists use extreme care to avoid accidents. Sometimes defensive driving is enough, but collisions occur when there is a lack of awareness and respect for other vehicles on the road.

Motorcycles share the road with cars, trucks, SUVs as well as numerous types of commercial vehicles. Without the safety and weight of a vehicle, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die or be severely injured in an accident than people in passenger vehicles, according to the Insurance Information Institute (http://www.iii.org/issue-update/motorcycle-crashes). The limited protection provided by motorcycle puts riders at a much greater risk of injury or death in an accident.

Because motorcyclists have little to no protection, even a moment of negligent driving can be devastating.

Common causes of motorcycle crashes include:

  • Mobile Phone Distraction – The greatest increase in accidents over the past 10 years has been the rise of distracted driving due to the use of smart phones and other smart devices by drivers of passenger vehicles.
  • Changing Lanes Without Checking for Motorcycles – Drivers are not always as careful as they should be. When a driver changes lanes without looking for motorcycles, they can collide with the motorcycle, causing devastating injuries.
  • Failure to Yield – Failing to yield is one of the most common causes of accidents. While there are a variety of reasons these types of accidents occur, they are generally caused by inattention.
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Signs and Lights – Running a red light or stop sign might not seem like a major traffic violation, but the reality is this carelessness puts lives at risk.
  • Road Hazards – Because motorcycles only have two wheels, the center of gravity is not as stable as four wheeled vehicles. When roads are not properly maintained, even small potholes could cause a motorcycle to lose control.

Injuries from Motorcycle Wrecks

Harsh Law represents victims of motorcycle accidents. Our clients suffer from, most commonly, road rash / abrasions on the skin caused by contact with the road and traumatic brain injury (TBI). A medical team will provide you the care needed for recovery and as your attorney, we will seek to have all treatment and recovery costs covered.

CALLOUT: Motorcyclists are legally entitled to receive compensation for dangerous actions taken by negligent drivers.

Why Hire A Great Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

It’s not only a good idea to hire a lawyer that understands motorcycle accidents, but also a lawyer that has experience practicing law in the Redlands and San Bernardino county areas.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, you probably have many questions, but a motorcycle accident lawyer can help answer these questions for you so you can focus on getting better. You might think your motorcycle insurance will cover all of your expenses, but the reality is insurance companies want to limit their payout as much as possible. Without an attorney by your side, your insurance carrier might offer lowball settlements that fail to cover all of your expenses.

With the help of an excellent attorney, negligent parties can be held responsible, through legal action. If your case goes to trial, you will need experienced attorneys who can properly demonstrate your case to the jury. Our attorneys work with industry experts and crash reconstruction specialists to help you win your case.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Redlands Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

The attorneys of Harsh Law offer free consultations with no obligations.

We work on a contingency fee basis – meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Anatomy of a Motorcycle Settlement

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What is involved in a motorcycle settlement?

If you’re involved in an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, you’re probably wondering how much your case might be worth. There are too many unique factors in any given motorcycle accident to accurately predict the outcome in terms of a dollar figure. But this article discusses the main considerations when attempting to value a motorcycle accident case and gives some examples of past verdicts and settlements.

How the Parties Value a Potential Case

“Valuing” a case means coming up with a best guess at what a jury might award the person suing (the plaintiff), and also guessing what the person being sued (the defendant) would be willing to pay. It also means figuring out what the plaintiff would ultimately be willing to accept to settle the case before trial. That’s a lot to keep track of. But the three biggest factors in valuing the case are the extent of the plaintiff’s damages — meaning how bad the motorcycle accident was and how significant the resulting injuries are — how likely the jury is to find the defendant responsible and what insurance coverage is available.

Factor 1 – Valuing the Damage of an Accident

Estimating the potential outcome of a motorcycle accident case is quite difficult for one main reason: at trial, it will most likely be a jury that ultimately decides just how much money the defendant must pay the injured motorcyclist.

Some personal injury damages, like medical bills and lost wages, are easier to predict because “concrete” costs like these will mostly be based on the amount the plaintiff demonstrates he or she has paid or lost and/or will continue to pay or lose. For subjective, less concrete damages like “pain and suffering,” predictions are at best an educated guess based on awards in similar motorcycle accident cases in the past.

Factor 2 – Likelihood Defendant Will Be Found Liable

The other major factor in valuing a case is the likelihood a defendant will be found liable, at trial, for the traffic accident.

It’s a well-known fact the public and juries are by and large unfavorable to motorcycle riders. This does not mean if the plaintiff was riding a motorcycle the jury will automatically find in the defendant’s favor — but it does lower the plaintiff’s odds if evidence of the defendant’s liability could go one way or the other.

This is unfair and prejudice, but a reality the experienced motorcycle attorneys of Harsh Law are prepared to handle.

Factor 3 – Amount and Availability of Insurance

If a defendant does not have many assets, a settlement will likely not exceed the liability limits of the defendant’s auto insurance. Jury verdicts can and usually do exceed insurance liability limits, but that does not mean the plaintiff is able to collect the full amount of the verdict.

If there is no other way to collect, a plaintiff’s best option is usually to accept a settlement amount that equals the insurance coverage limits, even if actual damages are much higher and easy to prove.

Motorcycle Verdicts and Settlements

Based on the data provided by Thomson Reuters in 2017, motorcycle crashes have a serious injury or fatality rate 26 times higher than passenger vehicles. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-injuries-vehicular/motorcycle-crashes-cause-far-more-severe-injuries-than-car-accidents-idUSKBN1DM22S). Here are some additional data insights from the study on motorcycle crashes:

  • Median motorcycle injury verdict (after a personal injury trial) from 1999 to 2006 was $73,700
  • $1.6m settlement after plaintiff slid on loose gravel and suffered crushed vertebrae and nerve damage
  • $355,000 settlement after plaintiff was killed when defendant’s truck, pulling a small trailer, turned left in front of the motorcycle at high speed
  • $300,000 verdict for plaintiff after truck turned left in front of the motorcycle. Plaintiff’s injuries were limited to aggravation of pre-existing herniated disc, soft tissue injuries and a torn knee ligament

Understanding precedent of past awards as well as the courts of San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside counties is critical in any effective legal team. The professionals at Harsh Law will review your case, injuries and provide insights from similar cases to help you make informed decisions.

Make Your Call to Harsh Law

The attorneys of Harsh Law offer free consultations with no obligations.

We work on a contingency fee basis – meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover the compensation you deserve.

4 Most Common Personal Injury Cases

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What is a personal injury attorney?

A personal injury case is one where a victim sustains an injury, often physical, due to the negligence or harm by another party or parties.

Harsh Law would like to provide an insight on the four most common types of personal injuries cases we handle:

1. Vehicle Accidents.

Each year millions of people are injured, sometimes fatally, in motor vehicle accidents. In 2018 alone according to the National Safety Council, over 3.1 million people were injured and 40,000 killed in accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicycle riders. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, either as a driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your personal injuries, financial loss and rehabilitation.

2. Wrongful Death.

While still categorized under personal injury, as its name implies, the term “wrongful death” describes a type of lawsuit that may be brought when someone has been killed due to someone else’s carelessness. Most wrongful death suits arise out of car and truck crashes, construction accidents, nursing home neglect, medical malpractice, airplane accidents, or the use of a defective or dangerous product. A “wrongful death” lawsuit allows for the recovery of damages that are unique and different from those available when someone suffers non-fatal injuries.

3. Premises Liability.

“Premises liability” refers to accidents caused by a dangerous or defective condition on someone’s land. These accidents can occur almost anywhere, from commercial properties such as grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, malls and retail stores, to a neighbor’s home or a public or private swimming pool. A critical step is to document the dangerous or defective condition as soon as possible after the accident. A wide range of defective or dangerous conditions can give rise to a “premises liability” claim, ranging from falling down a staircase because of a missing handrail, to tripping over an obstacle or slipping on a spill in a walkway or aisle, to getting bitten by a dog, among many others.

4. Products Liability

Dangerous and defective products can cause serious injury. Improper warnings, operation manuals and outdated safety mechanisms can also lead to injuries. Examples of product liability cases include dangerous drugs, food, consumer products, and children’s’ products, defective vehicle parts, defective medical devices, and products made with known toxic materials and chemicals. Responsible parties can be individuals, businesses, or government entities who sold, designed, manufactured, or marketed a dangerous or defective product.

Other Types of Personal Injury Cases.

These include nursing home abuse or neglect; aviation and boating accidents; animal and dog bites; brain, birth, burn and spinal cord injuries; and other catastrophic accidents and injuries.

Make Your Call to Harsh Law

The attorneys of Harsh Law offer free consultations with no obligations.

We work on a contingency fee basis – meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Experienced Pedestrian Attorneys: How HarshLaw Makes a Difference

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At HarshLaw, our goal is to bring professionalism and results to your case. By making sure we explore all avenues for compensation, we work to help you recover and move on from a pedestrian vehicle accident by performing some or all of the following steps on your case:

  • Retrieve and review the police accident report
  • Collect and professionally analyze accident scene photos
  • Inspect the accident scene and the driver’s vehicle
  • Talk with eyewitnesses
  • Analyze available video footage via traffic, dash or personal cameras
  • Subpoena (if necessary) driver’s cell phone records
  • Examine the driver’s chemical test results (if police obtained a breath, blood or urine sample)
  • Recommend medical examiners based on injuries
  • Gather and analyze your medical records
  • Request the driver’s debit/credit card receipts of the time near the accident

These steps, while seemingly mundane and straightforward, are important steps in building the foundation of a solid case that will be effective in negotiating a settlement or submitting as evidence should the case progress to trial.

DETERMINING LIABILITY OF A PEDESTRIAN COLLISION

At HarshLaw, we work hard to determine why the driver hit you or any other pedestrians in an accident. Reckless or negligent drivers should be held responsible for physical, emotional and financial harm they inflict on pedestrians.

In some cases, the driver may only be partially responsible. It is important to know that in addition to the driver, their employer should take precautions for preventing all accidents. Further, if the driver was under the influence of any substance, a bar or store or person who provided any impairing substance to the driver, for instance, could be liable as well.

It is important to identify every potential defendant and all sources of compensation available to you to maximize the amount of compensation available to aid in recovery and rehabilitation.

Throughout your case, our attorneys will advise you of any settlement offers and advise you on making decisions – you aren’t in this fight alone. HarshLaw is always available to talk about your case and answer your questions.

Statue of Limitations for Pedestrian Auto Accident Claims in California

In short, you must take action within 2 years of the accident.

According to the legal reference website Nolo.com, if a person suffers injuries, including another driver, passengers, bicycle rider, pedestrian, or others, then the lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the accident.

HarshLaw recommends contacting an experience lawyer in pedestrian auto accidents well before the 2-year mark and as close to the accident as possible for two main reasons: (1) getting money from a settlement is helpful with recovery and (2) evidence becomes harder to collect the longer you wait.

Contact us to find out how an experienced lawyer can make a major difference after a pedestrian accident. HarshLaw will review your case in a free consultation through our offices in Redlands and San Bernardino County.

When A Car Hits You While Walking

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If this has happened to you or a loved one, the most important step is to get immediate medical attention. Second, but equally important, is to consult an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. At Harsh Law, Mark Harshbarger provides a safe environment to discuss the accident and recovery. All initial consultations are complimentary and designed to answer your questions, provide you with education and information on how to recover.

  • FIRST: Call the police. Depending on the location of the accident, you may need to request a copy of the police report from either a city police department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department or the California Highway Patrol.
  • SECOND: Get immediate medical attention. In any accident, the first step is to assess and treat major injuries to minimize long-term effects and recovery time. A medic can best identify non-visible injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) can difficult to detect. Proper examinations and tests are often used in a legal case as evidence. Do not simply go home and attempt to self-care.
  • THIRD: Talk to an attorney. While you work with your medical team on the physical recovery from your accident, the right lawyer will deal with the insurance companies. It is important to select a lawyer to represent you before giving any statement to the insurance company of the driver and well before you discuss or accept any settlement offer.
  • Keep all of your information. Hold on to accident scene photos, witness names and numbers, insurance company letters and receipts from all accident-related expenses, including your medical bills.
  • Write a journal. Even if very brief, write an entry about the accident and add notes on a daily basis. Be sure to include pain levels, appointments, hardships incurred and your ability to work and engage in other activities.
  • File an auto insurance claim. Yes, you read that right. If you have auto insurance, you may have pedestrian coverage. This type of insurance will cover you when you are the pedestrian in a vehicle accident.

Pedestrian Accident Attorney – Near Me in Redlands or San Bernardino

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Pedestrians fill the communities, crosswalks, streets and sidewalks of Redlands and San Bernardino County throughout the day and night. Unfortunately, modern drivers face many distractions both inside their vehicle and out – resulting in accidents often far more harmful to the people involved than a vehicle to vehicle collision.

A Tragic Event, on the Rise

In short, pedestrian auto accidents often end tragically.

In California, pedestrians have the right of way. While there are circumstances where a pedestrian may be adding to the cause of an accident, the burden often rests with the driver of the vehicle.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, pedestrian safety is at risk as the number of accidents and severity of collisions are on the rise. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), states that 2018 saw a 3% rise in vehicle to pedestrian collisions and expects that figure to rise again in 2019.

In 2018 alone, 6,283 pedestrians were killed nationally in traffic accidents. The exact number of non-fatal accidents is not tracked. This means every 83 minutes a pedestrian is killed in the United States by a vehicle.

Source 1: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/pedestrian
Source 2: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety

10 Safe Walking Tips for Pedestrians Safety

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Keep alert, avoid electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

Redlands Bicycle Lawyer – What to Expect

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Mark Harshbarger of HarshLaw provides legal experience to bicyclists and their loved ones in the event of a serious or fatal accident involving a vehicle. With an increase of commuters, recreational and amateur cyclists sharing the already crowded roads, accidents between cars and bikes are unfortunately becoming more common.

Always request the police come and create a report if you are ever in an accident with a vehicle where a collision or serious injury has occurred. While you may have the information already, it is a helpful document to have prepared by third-party officials if any facts become disputed.

What information is contained in a police accident report?

The police report will likely and should contain the identity of the vehicle driver’s insurance company. Additional helpful information will include location of the accident, the identity of the driver and may indicate statements made by you and the driver of the other vehicle. It may also identify any witnesses to the accident. It is prudent that you speak to and retain your own lawyer. If possible, this should be done early in the process who will communicate with the insurance carrier on your behalf.

How does liability for the accident become determined?

After initial medical and police assistance, the first step in the legal process of recovery is to define which party was at fault, or if there was fault with both the cyclist and the vehicle driver.

Here are several initial questions that may be used to determine fault:

  • Was there a right of way established for the vehicle or bicycle?
  • Was the cyclist aware a vehicle was about to exit or merge into the area the cyclist was occupying?
  • What was the level of attention to the road of the cyclist?
  • Was the bicycle operating within reasonable speeds?
  • Did the cyclist utilize reflectors and or illumination if at night or low light?
  • Was the cyclist distracted by a headphone or other device?
  • Was it possible for the cyclist to ride clear of the danger?
  • What attempts did the bicyclist do to avoid the collision?

After the Accident: Preserve Evidence!

As soon after an accident as possible, all relevant evidence should be carefully and fully gathered and preserved. Some of the evidence to compile are police reports and the names and addresses of witnesses. 

  • Photographs of bicycle
  • Photographs of vehicle
  • Photographs of injuries
  • Photographs of accident area from vehicle’s perspective
  • Photographs of accident area from bicycle’s perspective
  • Photographs of accident area from alternative perspectives
  • Name and phone numbers of any witnesses that may have seen the accident

Photographs depicting the scene of the accident as it existed at the time of the accident should be taken. Make certain to secure and preserve the damaged bike for forensic analysis, avoid the desire to repair it or continue to use it until after discussing with your attorney.

Preserve any GPS or mobile app data. If wearing a Go Pro type camera, be certain to preserve the video. Photographs of the vehicle involved should be taken as soon as possible. Do not destroy or lose any evidence. This can result in severe sanctions including the dismissal of a lawsuit.

Be proactive in obtaining evidence and the early assistance and intervention of an attorney can be key to preserving relevant evidence. In many cases, this evidence may directly impact the ultimate result of a lawsuit as forensic evidence can in some cases scientifically establish the manner in which an accident occurred.

Bicyclists: what to do if you are hit by a car

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With densely packed suburban communities and sprawling shopping centers with long connections in between, the Inland Empire offers an extensive infrastructure for cyclists. Redlands has further created more room for cyclists with, green bicycle-only lanes to provide safety to both cyclists and pedestrians through areas with heavy traffic.

Popularity of cycling has exploded nationally more than 300% – a sign of the changing culture and economy. With an increase of this magnitude as well as an increase of mobile phone usage while driving (a.k.a. distracted driving), an increase in collisions between vehicles and cyclists seemed inevitable.

What to do if you are hit by a car when riding a bicycle

Increased bike activity combined with increased vehicle and pedestrians results in all three sharing the road. Unfortunately, cars don’t share so well with bicycles and pedestrians. If you find yourself in an accident, these are some common questions we have helped others discuss during their no-risk consultation at HarshLaw.

  • I have suffered an injury. Am I entitled to no-fault coverage in order to pay for my medical bills and reimburse for loss of earnings?
  • Will I be able to recover for the property damage to my bicycle or other items?
  • Does it matter who had the right of way?
  • Is a government agency or other commercial property owner liable for roadway conditions which contributed or caused the accident?
  • What is the statute of limitations to file such a claim?
  • Was a defect in the bicycle manufacture or maintenance a factor in the accident?

All of these questions may be addressed in a consultation with an attorney at HarshLaw.

Prevention: Tips for staying safe and avoiding collisions

Here are four commonsense tips to help keep yourself safe when on the road that we recommend everyone practice, regardless of age or experience level:

  • Wear a helmet. Head injuries are one of the most common causes of cycling fatalities. Use of head protection lowers your risk for a serious head injury by 60-percent. Helmets should also meet all relevant safety regulations.
  • Visually communicate. Hand signals provide a clear signal to observant vehicle drivers. Whenever applicable, use hand signals while riding single file with traffic flow.
  • Don’t hide. Wear bright clothing and use reflective materials if riding at night.
  • Get loud. Horns, bells and headlights can also be used to improve safety.

Redlands and San Bernardino County Bicycle Lawyers

Representing Cyclists in Redlands, Highland, Loma Linda, San Bernardino, Yucaipa and all of San Bernardino County.

HarshLaw is a regionally recognized law firm representing the rights of injured cyclists, pedestrians, and their loved ones. The community of Redlands and San Bernardino County is filled with cyclists of many types – recreational, commuter, exercise and professional. All cyclists share the roads and need an experienced attorney to help when a vehicular collision results in serious injury or death.

Bicyclists: what to do if you are hit by a car

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With modern commuter solutions, bicycles are being used more often by individuals looking to take advantage of a cost-effective transportation method. Often sharing the road during peak time, cyclists have virtually no protection against a vehicle in an accident.

What should you do if you are a cyclist and in an accident with a vehicle?

First, call 911 to get both medical attention and a police report.

Second, do not talk about the crash to the other party or post about it on social media. Stating you are feeling ‘okay’ before a medical professional has a chance to properly diagnose any injuries will not destroy a case, but it will make things harder once an insurance company is involved. The driver’s insurance company will look for any and all evidence against you to minimize they financial responsibility they face.

This doesn’t mean you are playing the quiet game.

If police, other law enforcement or medical professionals arrive, it is okay to talk to them about the crash. Provide details as you remember them, knowing that your body will likely experience late-stage reactions to adrenaline – meaning, you will feel physically weak, emotional and cold.

Provide your full name and date of birth at a minimum if you have no government issued identification on you at the time of the accident. When sharing your version of events leading up to and following the crash, provide as much detail as possible. Small facts recorded at the time of the accident may trigger memories down the road.

Bystanders are witnesses, get their name and phone number

If there are any bystanders that witnessed the crash, ask them to stay and provide you or the officer their contact information. It often proves useful during a recreation of the event to have a third-party perspective to fill in any gaps that may be undocumented or conflicting.

After the crash: Finding an experienced attorney

After the crash, you may file a claim with the driver’s insurance company within 2 years of the accident to help cover any expenses incurred. However, HarshLaw recommends reaching out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible – specifically, before speaking with any insurance companies as what you say during your initial interviews will have significant weight in any future case or settlement.

Expect the driver’s insurance company to take an extreme adversarial position to any claim. Insurance companies are engineered to minimize the liability of themselves and their clients. Be careful what is said during any discussions and do not volunteer any information.

Insurance companies will act friendly, but they are not your friends. They are highly skilled at mitigating claims.

Top actions to take after a bicycle and vehicle collision

  • Call 911 and request police and EMS to the scene
  • Gather witness information (name, phone number)
  • Ask police how you can obtain a copy of the police report
  • Take pictures of the car and bike
  • Take pictures of the scene
  • Get the vehicle license plate number
  • Do not make a statement to anyone except the police
  • Call HarshLaw at (909) 793-6261
  • Consult with an attorney before you make a claim with any insurance company