Were you injured on a bike and have questions about whether you can recover compensation? Check out these 4 commonly asked questions after a bicycle accident and then call us for a free consultation.
1. What mistakes should I avoid after a bicycle accident?
Some of the most common mistakes I see people make who have injury claims from a bicycle accident in Virginia are simply not getting proper legal counsel soon enough in the case. The other types of mistakes I see are not following your doctor’s specific recommendations for treatments following an injury from a bicycle accident in Virginia. That simply means if you’ve been injured on a bicycle in Virginia, you probably have some pretty severe injuries and not looking after those properly is going to severely compromise the value of your case. Most important, though, is to find somebody with the proper experience to handle the investigation of your bicycle accident case in Virginia.
2. Can I be partially at fault for a bicycle accident?
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.
3. Do I have a claim if I’m injured on a bike due to a pothole?
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.
4. How do I determine the value of my bicycle accident case?
Occasionally, I’ve been asked by clients who have been involved in a bicycle accident in Virginia, “What is the value of my claim?” This is a process that depends on how severe your injury was. It also depends on how bad the misconduct was of the person that hit you. Those two things can be added together to come up with a value, but generally speaking, if you have a muscle strain injury, the value is a little less. If you have a fracture or other permanent type of injury, you could have a far higher claim value in that type of case. Certainly, it depends, though, in part on how bad the conduct was of the person that hit you because, if you can establish that they ran a red light or they were a drunk driver, the jury will give the severity of that misconduct a far higher value in compensating you for your injuries.
Contact Our Virginia Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Were you or a loved one involved in a serious wreck and have follow up questions from our 4 commonly asked questions after a bicycle accident? 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.