Did you or a loved one get hit while riding your bike and need legal help? Check out these 4 bicycle accident tips for guidance, then call our lawyer today.
1) Bicycle Collision Injury
How is a bicycle accident different than a motor vehicle accident in Virginia? Number one, the injuries are usually worse, and number two, the proof of who was at fault is far more difficult or complex. How we get to the differences in those two cases would be to make a thorough site inspection to determine where the position of the vehicles were at the time of impact and what the speed of the motor vehicle was because usually, those are the precipitating factors that most heavily weigh on why you were hit while you were on a bicycle.
2) Choosing a Bicycle Accident Attorney
How do you go about selecting the best attorney to represent you in your bicycle injury claim? That question depends on what kind of experience the attorney has in handling bicycle claims. My office has handled a number of very serious accident claims for bicycle operators over the years, and we’ve had some excellent results in helping our clients get fair compensation for those injuries. The experience of the attorney is key to being able to get proper recovery, whether it be from another bicycle operator swinging by at a high speed too close to an oncoming bicyclist and knocking them over as they pass by, or being struck by a passing car or truck on the highway while they’re operating their vehicle in proper lane of travel in the right direction. Those types of claims take a lot of investigative expertise and careful attention to detail. If you hire the right attorney who has that experience, you can count on having a successful recovery too.
3) 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.
4) 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.
Were you or a loved one involved in a serious accident and have questions about these 4 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.