Virginia is host to two transcontinental bike routes, the 76 and the 1, which intersect north of Richmond. The state of Virginia is also always clearing the way for new bike trails, allowing cyclists to move throughout the state. While this is overall great news for Virginian cyclists, this also means Virginia sees many bicycle accidents.
Bike accidents can lead to severe injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in a bike crash in Virginia, you need to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. At Regan Zambri Long, our experienced bicycle accident attorneys can help you obtain justice and hold the right parties accountable.
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If you were injured in a bike accident, you may believe you do not need to work with an attorney. You may think the severity of your injuries is obvious, and the negligence on the part of the other person is clear. However, an injury claim will almost always have complications, and you will be going up against insurance companies and other parties who are highly invested in denying your claim. A bike accident attorney will have the experience and resources you need to hold negligent parties responsible and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Insurance companies will want to pay out as little as possible, and negotiating with these companies on your own can be near impossible. Your bike crash attorney can help protect your rights and teach you how to best discuss your accident with investigators. A lawyer knows what you need to avoid saying to preserve the integrity of your case.
Our team has extensive experience in representing injured cyclists throughout the state of Virginia. We can keep you informed throughout the process and help ease the stress of navigating the legal system while you recover.
Additionally, injuries from bicycling accidents can lead to a lifetime of medical issues. An attorney will have the knowledge you need to calculate the money you require to cover pain, suffering, and medical bills for past, present, and future issues.
Our team of legal professionals can guide you through the process of filing a bicycle accident claim. With our experience in representing injured cyclists, we can fight for the compensation you deserve while taking the stress of your case off your shoulders. You can take the time you need to recover, resting assured in the knowledge that your case is in good hands.
Many bicycle accidents in Virginia are caused by collisions with motor vehicles. Often, the reasons behind these crashes are the same as in any typical car accident. However, cyclists can find themselves facing unique accident risks. In 2021, Virginia saw 544 bike accidents that involved cars, and 16 fatal bike accidents.
Bike crashes are often caused by:
When a bike collides with a motor vehicle or vice versa, the forces involved can lead to serious injuries. Bikes themselves offer little to no physical protection, and even helmets cannot completely protect a rider.
Some commonly seen injuries in a bike accident include:
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you need to take the following steps:
You may be contacted by the insurance company or companies of the negligent parties after your accident. These companies may request a recorded statement from you. If you are contacted, you must decline the offer to provide a recorded statement until you speak to an attorney.
Insurance companies will do whatever possible to get you to admit liability on your part, thus reducing your potential claim. In addition, an insurance company may offer a lump sum for your case that will not fully cover your injuries.
The state of Virginia provides a two-year statute of limitation for all personal injury claims, including bicycle accidents. This means that as the victim of a bike accident, you have two years from the date of your accident to file your claim. However, even if you are still within this period of two years, it is important to reach out to an attorney as quickly as possible.
Any motor vehicle driver involved in an accident can be held liable in a bike accident case that involves a vehicle collision. In the case of a product defect, manufacturers, repair companies, and even bike renting companies can be held responsible for a bike accident.
In both cases involving motor vehicle crashes and defective products, injured cyclists bear the burden of proving the other party’s negligence caused the accident. Defendants and their insurance carriers will try to shift the blame onto you as the victim to reduce or avoid paying damages. These parties may have extensive resources available to try and prove your negligence in the accident. They may claim you were violating traffic laws, signaling improperly, or even riding a bike under the influence.
An experienced bicycle accident lawyer will know the common tactics used by defendants to avoid responsibility and how to counteract them.
In your bike accident case, your attorney can use the following as evidence proving negligence on behalf of the other party or parties involved:
You may wonder how much you will be able to recover in compensation for your bicycle accident.
Damages can vary widely in a bike accident case, and are dependent on the following factors:
Your attorney will be best able to help calculate the compensation you are entitled to, working with financial and medical experts to evaluate your case.
Compensation in your bike accident case can cover the following costs:
The Virginia Department of Transportation establishes several legal rights and responsibilities for Virginian cyclists.
Under Virginian biking law, cyclists are required to:
In addition, Virginia establishes the following rights and prohibitions for cyclists:
Cyclists in traffic lanes must ride in the direction of the flow of traffic as closely as possible and, where practical, stick to the right side of the roadway.
Even cyclists who obey all the rules of the road and take every possible precaution can sustain life-changing injuries in a bike accident. Insurance payouts are often not enough to repay accumulated medical bills and other losses as a result of an accident.
At Regan Zambri Long, our skilled attorneys for bicycle accidents can give you the peace of mind you need to focus on your recovery. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, call Regan Zambri Long today. We handle bicycle accident cases throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the greater DC Metro area.