The DC, VA, and MD bicycle accident lawyers of Regan Zambri Long have a decades-long track record in the personal injury field and have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients, including a $3 million settlement in a bike accident claim against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Learn more about what Regan Zambri Long can do for you in this bicycle accident FAQ.
According to data by the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2019, 843 bicyclists were killed in a motor vehicle crash, with people over the age of 20 most susceptible to a bicycle fatality. Although bicycle accidents only account for two percent of motor vehicle crash deaths, they remain a serious problem on U.S. roadways.
After a bicycle accident, there are multiple steps you should take to preserve your safety and the validity of your claim.
Check for injuries. Whether it is you or a fellow bicyclist who is hurt in an accident, be sure to check for any injuries. Do not move if you have been hit and instead, wait for medical help to arrive to assess the severity of your injuries.
Wait for the police to arrive. Even if you have not been injured, you must wait for the police to arrive at the scene of the accident to take a formal report.
Do not admit fault or accept the fault of the driver. In highly stressful situations, drivers may say they were at fault for the accident and even apologize to the victim. However, do not accept this as the final truth as you do not know how many injuries or damages you have sustained which can make the driver change their mind.
Get contact information. You will want to get the contact information of the driver involved in the accident as well as any witnesses to the collision. This will be important when it comes time to file a claim.
Document everything. Take photos of the accident scene including damage to your bike, the road conditions, and the driver’s vehicle. This can be useful in establishing negligence and building your case should a bike accident attorney need to recreate the scene.
If a bicycle is involved in an accident with a car, the driver could be held liable for the injuries the bicyclist sustained if the driver was operating the vehicle in a negligent manner. This may include failing to check a bike lane for any upcoming cyclists, failing to use turn signals, etc.
However, a bicyclist must also operate their vehicle in a safe manner, meaning if they are riding a bike negligently and then become involved in an accident, they can share in the fault for the accident, or be held liable completely, depending on the facts of the case.
If the at-fault party in a bicycle accident doesn’t have insurance, you may be able to use uninsured motorist insurance (UIM) to pay for the damages in the accident. Some states require you to carry uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance while others do not, so be sure to check with your auto insurance company for the details of your policy.
In many cases, the coverage you have on your car also applies to your bicycle.
If you are involved in a collision as a cyclist, the DC, VA, and MD bicycle accident lawyers of Regan Zambri Long can help you navigate this trying time. A bicycle accident lawyer can help you by:
If you are a pedestrian or bicyclist who is injured after a collision with a car, determining liability in such an accident can be difficult. In states like Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. contributory negligence laws can greatly impact a settlement.
Contributory negligence is a law that does not allow a plaintiff to recover any compensation for their injuries if they were negligent in any way in causing the accident. For example, a pedestrian or cyclist may be held partially to blame for an accident if:
If you are involved in a bike accident lawsuit, you may be able to recover the following forms of damages:
If you are involved in an accident and are wondering how to choose a bicycle accident attorney, you need to consider the following elements:
With the expansion of modern bike-share programs and commuters looking for economical ways to travel to and from work in the DC metropolitan area, bicycle accidents have also increased in the area.
Common reasons bicycle accidents remain common in D.C. include:
If you or your loved one were injured in a bicycle accident you need to connect with a Regan Zambri Long bicycle accident attorney. With bike accident attorneys in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland, Regan Zambri Long is well versed in the local laws, courts, and various insurance policies. We can take our knowledge and experience and put it to the test for you.
We know how difficult it can be to recover following an accident, especially when it was your bicycle versus a standard passenger vehicle. Because of this, we work diligently to represent you, so you can focus on your health.
For a no-obligation, free consultation, contact the bike accident attorneys of Regan Zambri Long at 202-960-4596 or by connecting with us online.