An alternate form of transportation can be more than just a way to get around. Micromobility devices and machines can give a rider an identity. A ride on a unicycle or electric unicycle can make someone a part of a dedicated group in Los Angeles. Unicycles can just be plain fun too.
Whether a joyride or commuting is the goal on your unicycle, the dangers of the road still apply for all riders who must brave vehicle traffic. Distracted drivers seem to be able to ignore any shape or size vehicle that’s smaller than their cars, and that inattention can lead to hazards for all riders of PEVs (Plug-in Electric Vehicles).
Unicycle Dangers in Los Angeles
A rider on a unicycle strikes a smaller profile than most other types of transportation. Some unicycles carry the rider higher in the air, but with an e-unicycle the rider can be much lower. These powered models are sleek, but they also stay low to the ground so that a standing rider is not much taller than a pedestrian. Of course, the difference is the speed in which an e-unicycle rider close distances.
A distracted driver may not take a long enough look to determine if a rider is standing in place or coming up alongside the vehicle quickly. The motorist can make an ill-advised move that leaves the cyclist with little chance of avoiding a collision.
If you are placed in this situation by a careless driver and left with serious injuries, you may need to file a lawsuit to get proper compensation to pay for the best medical care to speed up your recovery.
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law we advocate for everyone using alternate forms of transportation and we focus on protecting injured bicyclists and unicyclists after a crash. Insurance companies like to pin the blame in accidents on those of us who depend on micromobility. Our attorneys can make sure they don’t get away with it. You aren’t at fault for your accident and the driver who caused your pain and suffering should be the first to worry about your hospital bills and other financial hardships.
What to do if you are in a Unicycle Accident?
In any accident involving a careless driver, the more evidence you can gather at the scene the better for when you file your claim for damages. Of course, make sure you’re okay first. If you’re able to move about start gathering important details.
- Give a full report to dispatchers and police. Make sure police know what you’re riding. Officers may have zero experience with a unicycle. They may try to apply laws for scooters or mopeds to the incident. Those laws may not apply to you and your accident. Never admit blame.
- Take photos. Document the scene, your unicycle damage, the car that hit you, and street signs. If you have noticeable injuries, take images of your wounds.
- Note the potential for any nearby security cameras that might have captured your accident.
- Get contact information from witnesses.
- Swap information with the driver involved but don’t make any statements about what happened. These statements can be used to weaken your case later in court. Let an attorney handle communication with insurance companies and other lawyers who may get involved.
- Get an examination by EMS crews and your own doctor. Make sure all injuries are documented.
- Hang on to damaged clothing and personal items. Don’t throw out your wrecked unicycle. It can be key evidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of documents do I need to collect for an accident case?
One of the most important documents you’ll need is the police accident report. You’ll also need medical and billing records for every examination and visit you’ve made to doctors, physical therapists, surgeons, and other specialists.
Income records are vital to show how much money you’ve lost by having to miss time at work. It may be helpful to keep a journal of your experiences. Jot down your memory of the accident itself and then keep track of every trip and appointment you’ve had to make concerning the accident.
How do I get a police report?
A crash report from the investigating officer is usually available on-line, but some departments make you either visit their records department or call the department to have it faxed to you. You can locate your records if you have a report number. You can also locate the report by knowing the names of drivers involved, a badge number for the officer who assisted you, the date of the crash, or the street name where the accident took place.
Should I get statements from witnesses?
Yes! If a witness is willing to cooperate, get their contact information and provide it to your attorney. If they want to tell you what they saw make sure to jot it down. If they would rather write down what they observed then ask them to sign and date it. If you don’t get a full report then it may be possible to contact them later for clarification.
Contact a Los Angeles Unicycle Accident Attorney
In California, cyclists injured in a collision with a car have up to two years to file a claim for damages. The attorneys with Los Angeles Bicycle law encourage you to file as soon as possible though. If you wait almost two years to file many of the documents and the evidence you’ll need for your case will be harder to collect. Witnesses may also become difficult to locate.
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law, we concentrate our practice solely on cyclists who have been injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of others. If you were injured in a bicycle or unicycle accident in or around Los Angeles or anywhere else in Southern California, contact us right away for a confidential free consultation and case review.