Virginia Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Virginia Bicycle Accident Attorneys – Personal Injury Lawyers
In a collision between a bicycle and a car, cyclists don’t stand a chance. Even a small accident that does minor damage to a car can seriously injure or kill a cyclist. With airbags, seat belts – not to mention the tons of metal and plastic separating motorists from exposure – trucks and cars have irrefutable advantages when it comes to protecting motorists.
By comparison, cyclists are at risk of serious, catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, limb injuries, chest and abdomen injuries, neck and shoulder injuries. Tragically, many cycling accidents result in fatal injuries. Crash data shows that cyclists account for two percent of all traffic fatalities each year, even though cycling represents just one percent of overall trips by Americans annually.
5 Important Things You Need to Know About Virginia Bicycle Accident Cases
Our Virginia bicycle accident attorneys can help cyclists who are injured while riding. We fight for the compensation that you deserve, after being hit by a reckless driver.
- Common Causes of Virginia Bicycle Accidents
- How Am I Going to Pay My Medical Bills?
- How Much is My Bicycle Accident Case Worth?
- Deadlines for Virginia Bicycle Accident Claims
- Contact Virginia Bicycle Accident Attorney Richard Serpe
Common Causes of Virginia Bicycle Accidents
The majority of cycling accidents are caused by other drivers. That won’t surprise anyone who has ever biked along a Virginia road. Cyclists have to be hyper-aware of how they fit into the changing traffic patterns and road conditions. From the safety and protection of their cars and trucks, drivers often fail to notice the presence of bicycles – or they get impatient waiting for a safe opportunity to pass them. Common causes of crashes include:
- The “right cross,” when a car pulls out of a parking lot or side street onto a bike’s right
- Improper lane changes or the failure to use turn signals
- The “right hook,” when a motorist fails to see a cyclist riding parallel to them during a right turn
- Dooring, when a motorist opens their car door onto a cyclist without looking first. Virginia recently passed a law punishing drivers who open their doors negligently.
- Rear ending of the cyclist
- The “left cross,” when car traveling the opposite direction of a cyclist makes a left in their path of travel
How Am I Going to Pay My Medical Bills?
When you’re hurt, you need help. There’s no time to waste worrying about who will pick up the tab for a life-saving procedure. But as the wounds heal, the medical bills start to pour in. Treatment for life-threatening injuries is priceless, but they can be incredibly expensive. The anxiety will start setting in: who will pay for my medical bills?
It’s tempting to take the first settlement the insurance company offers you, especially when you’ve got medical bills piling up. But accept that first offer and you’ll be out of luck should long-term injuries and complications set in. When accepting the check, you’ll have to sign a release agreeing that the payment is a “full and final settlement.” Sign it, and you’ll never again be allowed to ask the at-fault driver or the insurance company for more compensation.
An experienced bicycle accident lawyer will ensure that you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (when your condition cannot be improved any further), before negotiating with the insurance company. This will ensure that all of your medical bills are included in the settlement, as well as any permanent long-term care that you will need.
How Much is My Virginia Bicycle Accident Case Worth?
Depending on the specifics of the crash, cyclists may be entitled to one or more of the following types of compensation:
- Medical treatment. When a negligent driver has caused your bicycle accident injuries, you shouldn’t have to pay for the medical treatment you receive. By seeking compensation for all the care necessary for your healing process, you can recover costs including hospital bills, physical therapy and any future medical expenses associated with the injury.
- Lost wages. If your bicycle accident injures cause you to miss work, you can sue for the paychecks you missed out on. Bicycle accidents can put people out of work for days, weeks and even months. Future loss earnings due to your injuries can also be included in your settlement.
- Pain and suffering. The emotional and psychological pain of an accident can outlast even the most serious of physical injuries.
- Property damages. Even the most novice of cyclist can spend hundreds on their bicycle. When a bicycle accident occurs, though, the bike is often totaled. Even if your bike is only minorly damaged, repairs can be costly. Property damage settlements can cover you those repairs – or pay to replace your bike.
- Punitive damages. Reckless, careless drivers are often punished for their negligence through punitive damages. In addition to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, punitive damages serve as a deterrent for the driver.
- Wrongful death. When a cyclist is killed in a crash, they leave behind bills and funeral costs – and the loss of future income for their family. Of course, their loss is felt emotionally as well. This loss of companionship and affection is priceless. But compensating a loved ones for the wrongful death of a family member in a bicycle accident is the fair thing to do.
“My experience with Richard Serpe can be summarized in two words, “absolute trust.” I came to Mr. Serpe on the advice of a friend after a car hit me while riding my motorcycle. I immediately sensed that Mr. Serpe was an extremely capable and professional attorney whose sole objective would be to look out for my best interests; and that’s precisely what he did…” -Don
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Virginia Bicycle Accident Time Deadlines
In Virginia, there are strict deadlines for filing a lawsuit. In many cases, Virginia provides a two-year deadline also known as a Statute of Limitations. However, sometimes special circumstances apply and can alter that deadline. It is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible after the accident to protect your rights so that you can receive the maximum settlement for your case.
Call Virginia Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should know your legal rights. Call attorney Richard Serpe now for your free, no obligation case review 877-544-5323. We charge no legal fees unless you receive a settlement and it will cost you no money to get started on your case.