Keeping a Bike Crash Injury Diary Following Your Accident
A bicycle accident can be very traumatizing experience. If you have sustained a serious bike crash injury, you need competent legal representation in your corner. A bike crash injury diary, if properly used, can go a long way in helping you prove injuries and damages in your personal injury case.
If you have suffered serious injuries in a bicycle collision, contact attorney Michael Stephenson of Los Angeles Bicycle Law. He can meet with you to discuss your case and can assist you with proving your claim for injuries and damages.
What to Include in a Bike Crash Injury Diary
You should begin your bike crash injury diary with a detailed description of the collision, as well as how you believe it happened. Include information about:
- your itinerary that day,
- approximate speeds of the vehicles involved,
- vehicle positions,
- what you saw and heard at the scene,
- conversations you had with eyewitnesses at the scene, and
- any statements you made to police officers who arrived on-scene.
You should be sure to include every possible detail about the collision that you can think of – even if you do not believe it to be important. You may also want to include a street diagram showing exactly where the collision occurred and the property damage to your bicycle and any other vehicles involved in the collision.
Photos of Physical Evidence and Copy of Police Report
Your diary should also include photographs of:
- your injuries,
- property damage,
- clothing that you were wearing at the time of the collision, and
- any other belongings you may have had on you at the time.
Finally, once you receive a copy of the police report following your accident, you should go through the report and make a note in your diary as to any discrepancies or errors – even minor ones.
Impact on Your Life
Your diary should also include numerous entries which describe the impact the bicycle collision had on your life. Some examples of the types of entries to include are the following:
- Inability to sleep because your injuries kept you awake at night
- Inability to shower or get out of bed because you were in pain
- Having to miss work or leave early because of pain – or to attend doctor visits or physical therapy appointments
- Missing out on enjoyable social, family, or recreational activities because of your injuries
- Loss of spousal companionship or family support
- Existence of post-traumatic headaches, soreness, or pain
- Instances of fear, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Evidence of scars, bruises, or abrasions on your body following the accident
- Embarrassment, emotional distress, or personal humiliation associated with injuries you sustained in the collision
- Pain experienced while performing ordinary household tasks, such as cleaning or yard work
Contact a Los Angeles Bike Crash Injury Attorney Today for a Free Case Evaluation
Injuries sustained in bicycle crashes can be debilitating and may have a serious impact on your daily life. An experienced personal injury lawyer can safeguard your legal right to recover compensatory damages for your injuries, pain, suffering, and inconvenience. Contact bike crash injury attorney Michael Stephenson of Los Angeles Bicycle Law by calling (424) 230–3240.