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What to Do After an Electric Bike Accident in California

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

E-bikes are growing in popularity in California because they are far less expensive than a car, take less physical effort than a traditional bicycle, have a lower impact on the environment than many other transportation options, and are easy to navigate through the city and suburban environments. Of course, because they can go faster than a traditional bicycle and e-bike riders do not have much protection from impact during a collision, an e-bike accident can cause horrific injuries.

It could help if you know what to do after an electric bike accident in California. A California bike accident attorney could talk to you and hope you pursue money damages for your injuries and other losses after an e-bike collision.

Notify Your Insurance Company

You might get some money from your own automobile or homeowners insurance policy if you got hurt from an electric bike accident. Whether your policy pays for your property damage or your medical bills, every bit can help. Insurance companies require that a policyholder notifies them right away. The best practice is to notify them on the same day as the collision, if possible. An insurer could deny coverage if they do not receive timely notification.

Complete Your Medical Treatment

Your treating doctor will write a treatment plan for your injuries. It is important to finish all of your prescribed medical care unless you have an adverse reaction, like an allergic response. In the absence of an adverse reaction, completing your medical treatment will usually give you the best chance of optimal recuperation.

Also, if someone else’s negligence caused your electric bike accident, the at-fault party will likely grasp at straws to decrease the amount of money they have to pay you for your losses. They might argue that you should get less money if you did not complete your treatment plan because you would have healed better by finishing the procedures, like physical therapy.

Talk to a California Personal Injury Attorney

You might be able to seek compensation for your losses, like your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and ongoing impairment from your injuries if the accident was the result of someone else’s carelessness. California does not give you much time, however, to file a lawsuit seeking compensation if your injury claim does not settle.

If you work with a California personal injury attorney from the beginning, we can protect you from mistakes, like missing a filing deadline that would destroy your right to compensation. Also, we can fight your battles for you while you focus on getting better.

Take a Break from Social Media

It is best to resist the temptation to post photographs and commentary on social media about your electric bike accident. Content that you intended in one way could get taken out of context and used against you to decrease the value of your injury claim. A California personal injury attorney can provide guidance on social media usage when you have a pending injury claim, handle your electric bike accident injury claim, and file a lawsuit on your behalf if your case does not settle. Don’t face this alone, contact our office today, we offer a free consultation.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.