Have you been hit while riding your bicycle? Check out these 3 bicycle accident tips, then contact our Virginia attorney to schedule a free consultation.
Bicycle Accident Insurance Investigation
When I’m asked if it’s okay for a bicycle injury victim to talk to an insurance adjuster after a bicycle accident in Virginia, my normal answer is no, it’s not a good idea. That’s because the insurance company has very little need to find out from you what happened in the accident. They have their own insured to be able to get information from, and they have access to the police reports to be able to get that same information from an impartial party. The need to speak with you directly is relatively minor, but they do it anyway because they want to try to take advantage and get in early to find any compromising information they can about your case. It’s always a good idea to have a lawyer on your side before talking to the insurance company after your bicycle accident claim.
Partial Fault Bike Accidents
Occasionally, I’m asked, “If I’m partially at fault as a bicycle operator in a collision, do I still have a valid cause of action for injuries from that collision?” The simple answer in Virginia is, no. The reason is because Virginia is one of only four states in the United States that has the doctrine of contributory negligence as a complete bar to any recovery from your injury claim. In those cases where you’re partly at fault, there is no basis for recovering under Virginia law.
Pothole Bicycle Accidents
Occasionally, a potential client will ask if they have a claim if they were injured on a bicycle because of a pothole in the road. Unfortunately, in those type of cases, the typical answer is you really don’t have that type of claim because of the obviousness of the condition of the road. If you see a pothole coming and you’re driving at a bicycle speed on a roadway, it’s normally possible to see those coming. That’s why the commonwealth is not going to pay you for that type of a claim.
Were you or a loved one involved in a serious wreck and have questions about these 3 bicycle accident tips? Contact a Virginia bicycle accident lawyer at The Strong Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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