Virginia Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a bicycle crash with a motor vehicle, you need an experienced Virginia bicycle accident lawyer who will hold the insurance companies liable. Call us for a free consultation.
Virginia is an incredibly scenic location. This lends itself to lots of bicycles on the roadways in both cities and towns. There are people who use their bicycle to get from one place to another. There are those who cycle for exercise. Then, there are those who ride for pleasure. Regardless of the reason someone rides a bicycle, an accident can be absolutely devastating. Without a Virginia bicycle accident lawyer, it can be hard for cyclists to prove negligence on the part of the vehicle driver.
Could Wearing a Helmet Help Protect Your Legal Claim?
Depending on where you were riding in Virginia, you may not be required to wear a helmet if you are over the age of 15. Yet, even if you don’t ride in an area that requires a helmet, you should still consider wearing one when you’re on the road. This isn’t just about physical safety, although being safe is paramount to anything. Wearing a helmet may be beneficial for your legal claim as well because the defense isn’t given an opportunity to say that you wouldn’t have been hurt or you wouldn’t have been hurt as badly if you would have worn a helmet.
Common Injuries That Happen in Bicycle Accidents
With auto accidents involving cars and trucks, the drivers and passengers involved have a clear advantage when compared to bicycle riders. They are protected by the frame of the vehicle. The vehicle itself can absorb a large amount of the impact. Of course, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any injuries. It just means that the bodies of the individuals inside of the vehicle won’t get the thousands of pounds of impact directly. Bicyclists, on the other hand, don’t get that same protection. If they are hit by a vehicle, they deal directly with the impact of the vehicle. They may also be thrown onto the road or concrete. This can result in catastrophic injuries. The most common injuries are:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Injuries to internal organs
- Serious cuts and abrasions
What Are the Most Common Reasons Bicycle Accidents Happen?
Bicycle accidents generally happen because drivers aren’t devoting their full attention to the road. However, you should also know that bicyclists are held to the same standard as drivers. The most common reasons bicycle accidents occur are:
- A car makes a left turn into the path of a bicyclist who is going straight while the bicyclist has the right of way. This is the most common cause of bicycle accidents.
- A car makes a right turn into the path of a bicyclist who is going straight while the bicyclist has the right of way. Many drivers don’t think that bicyclists ever have the right of way or that bicyclists must always yield for vehicles on the road.
- A bicyclist collides with the door of a vehicle. This happens when the occupant of a vehicle opens their door directly in front of a bicyclist.
- A bicyclist is hit when a vehicle backs out of a driveway. In this instance, drivers are generally not paying enough attention to the road.
- A bicyclist is hit from behind by a vehicle. These don’t happen as often as the accidents listed above, but they often cause permanent injury or death.
How Is Negligence Proven?
Negligence means that someone is responsible for hurting another person. There is a duty of care that was violated. That violation caused the actual injury. Of course, that’s summarizing what can be a very complex process. Virginia is a state that relies on contributory negligence. This means that, despite the fact that you’re a victim, if you’re found 1% or more at fault for the bicycle accident, you will not be able to recover any financial compensation. To learn more about negligence, schedule your free consultation with our Virginia bicycle accident lawyer. We’ll be happy to discuss the specifics of your potential case with you.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
You only have a two year timeframe in which you can file your claim. We highly suggest that you do not wait the full two years to contact us, it might be too late if you’re coming to us right before the statute of limitations runs out. To learn more, call us now to schedule your free consultation with our Virginia bicycle accident lawyer. You could be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries and damage to your bicycle.
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We offer free consultations with Virginia bicycle accident lawyer Michael Strong. Please call our office today to schedule that consultation or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have and we would be more than happy to answer them.