San Francisco news reports that a female bicyclist died in a bicycle v. big-rig accident in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood this past week. According to reports, the woman was on riding near Sixth and Folsom street when she collided with the 18-wheeler. She is the third bicyclist to be killed this year. A representative of the SF Bicycle Coalition called the crash "another tragic reminder of what can happen when bikes and large trucks mix on our city's high-speed corridors."
If you or a loved one have been injured in any type of serious personal injury accident, it is important to consult with a top San Francisco personal injury attorney right away.
A knowledgeable San Francisco personal injury attorney can begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have caused or contributed to a particular incident.
This tragic accident serves as a reminder of the dangers of sharing the road, and the continued need to work together to improve safety. While in many instances victims of bike accidents suffer significant injuries requiring immediate medical attention, other times steps exist that you can take if you have been injured to protect your rights.
Below are a few tips to keep in mind should you find yourself the victim of a bicycle accident.
First If possible, gather information. Ask anyone who may have seen the crash to call the police and to give you their contact information. If you think that the driver may have been using a cellphone or was otherwise distracted, be sure to tell the police officer.
Further, make sure to get identifying information about the driver and the vehicle involved in the incident. This includes information such as their driver's license number and insurance information.
If there were any witnesses to the accident, be sure to get their contact information.
Finally, keep a detailed diary of everything you remember about the incident in one place. This includes anything you remember about the accident such as how it occurred and the physical descriptions of everyone involved. It's also important to keep a daily record of your injuries and pain, as well as any lost wages or other economic losses.
For more information or if you or a loved one has been injured in a San Francisco bicycle accident, please contact the top San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.