If you were enjoying a leisurely bike ride when suddenly, a driver collided with you, you probably sustained serious injuries. Consider hiring an accident lawyer who specializes in bicycle accidents to get the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and take time off from work.
At Pendleton Law, we’ve worked with countless bike accident victims, so we know how traumatic and life-threatening they can be. Our personal injury attorneys can negotiate with insurers and demand that they offer a settlement that covers the entirety of your accident-related expenses
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Newport News
When motorists fail to uphold a reasonable duty of care for other drivers on the road, including cyclists, they can be held liable if they cause an accident. An accident attorney can help you file a claim against a driver if they collided with you due to:
- Fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Aggressive driving
- Failing to signal turn
- Failing to yield
Your lawyer will investigate the accident and analyze the evidence to determine what caused it. If they find that the collision was caused by one of the above-mentioned factors or another unlawful reason, they’ll use the evidence they’ve found to file an insurance claim on your behalf.
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A Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You Recover from Your Injuries
At Pendleton Law, we prioritize the health and safety of our clients. If you’ve suffered severe injuries in a bike crash, the most important aspect of your claim will be securing the settlement you need to make a full recovery.
Your attorney will work tirelessly to obtain compensation to cover the medical bills for any of the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Facial and dental injury
- Musculoskeletal injury
- Abdominal and chest injury
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal damage
- Road rash
Injuries sustained in a bike collision may require expensive medical attention, including surgery, hospital stays, diagnostic testing, physical therapy, assistive devices, and more. Your lawyer will review your hospital bills to determine how much you need to pay your bills.
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Compensation You May Receive from a Bicycle Accident Claim
In addition to medical bill reimbursement, there are a number of other damages you might receive from a bike crash claim. Depending on the ways your collision has affected your professional life, personal life, and mental health, you may qualify for several or more of the following damages:
As you probably know, bike accident injuries can put you out of work for an indefinite period of time. If you’ve had to take unpaid medical leave from your job, an accident attorney can request compensation to make up for your lost wages.
Decreased Earning Ability
Brain trauma, paralysis, and other long-term conditions can make it impossible for you to continue working in your field. As a result, you may have to switch to an easier job that pays less or find another way to support yourself.
We understand how frightening it can be to lose your ability to work and earn a living, which is why our team will do our best to obtain the damages you need to compensate for your decreased earning ability.
When the reckless driver collided with you, your bike may have been damaged or completely broken. These damages can help you pay for a repair or replacement so you can get back on the bike trail as soon as your injuries heal.
It’s common for victims of severe auto accidents to experience anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. If you’ve noticed problems with your mental health, tell our lawyers who specialize in bicycle accidents. They’ll request that the insurance company provide compensation for mental distress.
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Contributory Negligence Laws May Affect Your Bicycle Accident Claim
When it comes to personal injury claims, the Commonwealth of Virginia follows a contributory negligence standard. That means you won’t be able to collect compensation for your accident if you’re found to be as much as 1% responsible for it.
While this law is harsh and not observed in most states, it’s a reality that you and your attorney will have to deal with. Fortunately, our accident lawyers know how to navigate cases involving bicycles and contributory negligence claims.
In order to avoid paying damages, the defense may abuse the contributory negligence standard and falsely claim that you violated Virginia bicycle safety law during the time of the collision. Our attorneys are familiar with these tactics and will use hard evidence to combat them and secure the compensation you deserve.
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Statute of Limitations for Bike Collision Claims in Virginia
You’ve probably heard about the “statute of limitations” before, but you might not know how it applies to your claim. A statute of limitations is a deadline by which your personal injury lawsuit must be filed. If you fail to meet your state’s filing deadline, you could be barred from receiving compensation.
In Virginia, all bike collision suits must comply with VA Code §8.01-243. The statute gives you two years from the date of your crash to file a civil suit. Our accident attorneys can answer any question you have about the filing deadline and ensure that your suit is submitted on time.
A lawyer can also advise you on what to do if your filing deadline has passed. There are several exceptions to the commonwealth’s statute that could potentially be used to get the damages you’re owed even after the two-year mark has passed.
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If you’re dealing with painful and debilitating injuries from a bike crash, you deserve to file a claim for compensation. The money you may receive can help you cope with chronic pain, cover your accident-related expenses, and help you support yourself during this frustrating time.
Contact an accident lawyer from the Pendleton Law Team to get started on your claim. If we agree to help you pursue damages, our investigators will begin collecting evidence right away. We look forward to discussing your case via a free consultation.
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