If you or a loved one experienced an injury in a bike accident, it is essential that the lawyer you reach out to be a skilled personal injury lawyer. The bicycle accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long have decades of experience advocating for victims of bicycle accidents and have helped obtain hundreds of million dollars in compensation. Contact Regan Zambri Long for a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation with one of our attorneys. Our law firm will help you and your family collect the compensation you deserve.
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Cycling in Alexandria should be safe and easy, but careless motor vehicle drivers can put bicyclists in danger. If you were involved in an accident while riding your bike in Alexandria, there could be legal options for your recovery.
A driver who behaves negligently and causes an accident with a bicyclist is liable under Virginia law for the bicyclist’s injuries. You may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, you have two years to file a lawsuit to recover for your bicycle accident injuries, so it is critical to act quickly and contact a personal injury lawyer in Alexandria, VA who is experienced in bike accidents.
As the victim in a bicycle accident, there are helpful steps you can take to protect yourself and to benefit you when taking legal action for the fair compensation you deserve.
First and foremost, if you are injured as the result of a bike accident and need medical attention, the most important thing to do is call 9-1-1, or have someone else call if you are not able to. Even if you’re not experiencing any physical pain or there is no visible bodily harm, when in doubt, it is best to accept or seek medical attention to determine if you’re alright.
Filing an official report with the police and obtaining a copy of the police report can be a helpful tool when moving forward to recover compensation in a personal injury claim. The police report will document any key details including your statement of events, road conditions, weather conditions, etc.
If you’re able to, gather as much information from the accident scene as possible, including driver and witness information. Specifically, some helpful information to obtain would be the negligent driver’s name, any witness names, addresses, phone numbers, the driver’s vehicle license plate, and insurance information.
Keep in mind, if you were the victim in a bicycle accident and you were unable to collect evidence, an experienced personal injury lawyer in Alexandria, VA will be able to step in and advocate for you. Don’t hesitate to call Regan Zambri Long for a free consultation today.
Cyclists navigating roads are very vulnerable. Particularly in urban areas where cars dominate the roads, a cyclist is especially susceptible to the negligence of drivers. Unfortunately, due to the size and weight disparity between a motor vehicle and a cyclist, as the result of a crash, bicycle riders may sustain very severe injuries. It is in your best interest to contact the bicycle accident attorneys at Regan Zambri Long for a free legal consultation to discuss your potential bicycle accident claim.
The most common injuries bicyclists sustain are:
The omission to do something which a reasonable man, guided by those considerations which ordinarily regulate the conduct of human affairs, would do. or doing something which a prudent and reasonable man would not do. It must be determined in all cases by reference to the situation and knowledge of the parties and all the attendant circumstances. The Law Dictionary
All but four states in the United States have comparative negligence laws. In simple terms, comparative negligence is when an accident occurs, the liability and/or negligence of each party involved is based upon their respective contributions to the accident.
Virginia is one of the four states that have contributory negligence laws. Simply put, if you are partially at fault for the bicycle accident you’ve been involved in, you cannot collect any damages. According to § 8.01-34 of the Virginia Code:
Contribution among wrongdoers may be enforced when the wrong results from negligence and involves no moral turpitude.
Because of this restrictive Virginia law, it is especially crucial to contact an Alexandria bicycle accident lawyer at Regan Zambri Long for a no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. The lawyers at our firm have decades of experience enabling them to successfully investigate negligent actions, deal with the insurance company on your behalf, and prove that you are due fair compensation for any injury you may have endured.
According to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the two main types of bicycle accidents are crashes that involve falls and cars. Further:
According to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 938 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in 2020. 38,886 cyclists sustained some sort of injury that year.
Specifically in Virginia, according to the Virginia Traffic Crash Facts from the Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office, in 2021, there were 544 reported crashes involving bicycles. Of those 544 crashes, 130 bicyclists were seriously injured and 16 bicyclists were killed. 500 of the 544 crashes involved some type of injury to the bicyclist.
The short answer is, yes. Bicycle accidents are covered by insurance. Most bike accidents will require numerous conversations and negotiations with insurance companies. These types of interactions are ones skilled bicycle accident attorneys are prepared to have.
If you’re a cyclist who was injured in a crash involving a motor vehicle, in most cases, the negligent driver’s auto liability coverage should pay for your medical bills and repairs or the replacement of your bicycle. On the other hand, if the at-fault driver is uninsured, your health insurance should cover your injuries. Any damages to your bicycle might be covered by your homeowner’s insurance or renters insurance depending on whether your bicycle is insured. Additionally, in the case of an uninsured at-fault driver, you should reach out to an experienced Alexandria bicycle accident lawyer to initiate a claim seeking the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
If you’re a cyclist who was injured in an accident with another cyclist who was the at-fault party, personal liability coverage on their homeowner’s insurance or renters insurance policy may cover the cost of treating your injuries and the cost of fixing or replacing your damaged bicycle.
In Virginia, there is a statute of limitations on a personal injury claim such as an Alexandria bicycle accident. The law allows for two years from the accident date to initiate a claim against the driver or responsible party who negligently caused the accident that injured you.
Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents are:
The attorneys at the law firm of Regan Zambri Long have decades of experience handling personal injury cases. With the knowledge, resources, and skills our bicycle accident attorneys have, we will be able to effectively advocate for victims suffering from any injury resulting from an accident. Our bicycle accident attorneys are here to deal with any insurance company, to do the work to prove the negligence of an at-fault party, and to help victims make a claim to receive the compensation they’re entitled to for the costs of medical expenses, ongoing medical care, and any other suffering.
Please call us today for your free consultation. We are always ready to help you.