Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bicyclist Injured In Front of Rio Hondo College in Whittier

A bicycle accident in front of Rio Hondo College in Whittier injured one person this week.

According to reports, the collision happened shortly after 8 o’clock in the morning along Workman Mill Road.

The driver, in an act of kindness, brought the injured bicyclist to Beverly hospital where he was treated.

Although the CHP is still investigating the collision, it is highly likely that it will be ruled as an accident and no criminal charges will be filed.

Now the question is: what if this kind-hearted driver offers to settle the case with the victim? Should he accept?
Well, the answer is no.

Although the driver is to be commended for transporting the bicyclist to the hospital, it should be known that it is actually his duty under the law.

California law does not specifically say bring victim to a hospital, the law does state that motorists involved in a road traffic accident should provide reasonable assistance to those who are injured and that includes arranging transport to a hospital.

Now, back to why the bicyclist should not accept the settlement.

The truth is the bicyclist does not know yet the extent of the injuries he sustained, the damage to his bike, and its overall effect on his life.

He might accept the settlement then regret it later on once he realizes that the amount he got is not enough to cover the expenses caused by the injuries he sustained from the injuries.

My advice is that he should consult a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer for guidance and he should not worry too much about the kind-hearted driver.

This is exactly what car accident insurance is for.