Virginia Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Dedicated Bicycle Accident Attorneys Are Just A Call Away For Injured Victims In Virginia Beach, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, And Throughout VA
In accidents involving bicyclists and other road users, it is almost always the bicyclist who suffers the more serious harm. Bicycle accidents can lead to catastrophic and long-term bodily injuries, including permanent disability, brain damage, spinal cord damage, and broken bones. If you or a loved one was involved in a bicycle accident, contact the Virginia bicycle accident lawyer with Attorney Drew Page to learn more about how to file a compensation claim and what to do after suffering an accident. Our team has years of hands-on experience handling bicycle accidents and personal injury cases of all types, so do not hesitate to reach out to us today for help and professional legal guidance.
Types, Risk Factors, and Incidence Rates of Bicycle Accidents
Common bicycle accident injuries include brain trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, cuts, abrasions, nerve damage, and internal bleeding. Bicycle accident victims can face substantial medical care expenses for these injuries, not to mention lost income and property damage. Virginia’s at-fault laws allow accident victims to seek financial compensation for their losses and damages if they were harmed by the negligence or actions of another party.
According to figures from the National Safety Council, bicycle accidents rose steadily over the last decade or so. Bicyclist accidents and fatalities tend to correlate with the seasons since more people ride bikes in the summer months than during other times of the year. Bicycle mishaps also occur more frequently in densely populated urban areas than they do in rural areas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that fatality rates amongst bike riders are highest for adults between the ages of 50 and 59. For non-fatal accidents, children and young adults between the ages of five and 19 are the most common victims. The severity of an accident depends on multiple factors, including the age of the rider, the speed at which the rider was struck by another vehicle or had an accident, whether the victim had protective gear on when the accident occurred, and the angle at which the victim was struck or fell from their bike.
Men tend to be at a higher risk of sustaining injuries in a bicycle accident than women, and over 33% of bicycle-related accidental deaths that involve motor vehicles involve some level of alcohol consumption – either by the motorist or the bicyclist.
Our Virginia Bicycle Accident Lawyer Will Determine the Cause of Your Bicycle Accident
Determining the cause is an important first step in any bicycle accident case because assigning liability for the accident depends on how the accident occurred.
Common causes of bicycle accidents include damaged, slippery, and uneven or poorly marked roads, as well as driving errors made by either a bicyclist or another road user. Driver and/or rider distraction and alcohol consumption can also contribute to a bicycle accident, as can poor lighting, adverse weather, and vehicle breakdowns or malfunctions.
Once our Virginia bicycle accident lawyer determines how and why your accident occurred, we can move on to determine who was at fault for the accident.
In Virginia, bicyclists have the same road usage rights as motorized vehicle users. If a motorist cuts you off, was speeding, was driving while intoxicated, or was driving aggressively or recklessly and caused an accident, you will most likely be able to hold them at fault for your accident. Similarly, if poor road maintenance or a lack of signage caused or contributed to your accident, you may be able to hold a town or municipality at fault for your accident.
Our Virginia bicycle accident lawyer will investigate your case and will gather the evidence needed to back your claim so that we can pursue the fair and full compensation that you are entitled to by law.
Understand Insurance Coverage with the Assistance of Our Virginia Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Virginia is a no-fault state. This means that the at-fault party responsible for causing an accident will be liable for covering all accident-related damages and losses. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and Virginia Code § 46.2-706, all Virginia registered motor vehicle owners must have motor vehicle liability insurance. Alternatively, they must have enough money to pay for any losses that they may cause in an automobile accident.
In Virginia, motorists are required to carry:
- Bodily injury coverage of $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident
- Property damage coverage of $20,000 per accident
- Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage of $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident
- Uninsured motorist property damage coverage of $20,000 per accident
Based on the insurance policies carried by the motorist you were involved in an accident with, our Virginia bicycle accident lawyer will help you recover the damages you are entitled to. It is worth noting, however, that about one in ten drivers in Virginia drives without insurance, as per the Insurance Information Institute (III). This can make it difficult to extract payment from an at-fault motorist. Please contact Attorney Drew Page for assistance with such matters.
Contact the Virginia Bicycle Accident Lawyer with Attorney Drew Page Today
Please contact our offices today for a no-obligation case evaluation. Having an experienced attorney in your corner can be the difference between winning and losing your case, so call us today so that we can guide you through the claims filing process and represent you in negotiations with the relevant insurers and in court if your case goes to trial.
Frequently Asked Questions About Virginia Bicycle Accident Cases
Our team will help you prove the fault and liability of another road user for your bicycle accident using photos or videos of the accident, eyewitness testimony, cell phone usage records, medication usage, and the official police report of the accident.
This is also something we will help you with using medical treatment bills, bicycle repair invoices, proof of lost income using salary slips, and proof of other losses using expense sheets, invoices, or professional estimates. We do this to ensure you are completely covered for all accident-related losses.
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