Richmond Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Cities continue to invest in bicycle infrastructure to protect their bikers and offer them a safe alternative to the heavily congested city streets. However, despite these precautions, and stiff penalties for failure to yield to bicyclists, bicycle accidents continue to be an ongoing problem.
Getting into a bicycle accident can result in severe injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident in central Virginia, you should consult an experienced Richmond bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Why Are Bike Accidents More Dangerous?
Quite simply, there is much less protection between a cyclist and the roadway if they get in an accident. Cars and trucks have safety belts, airbags, crumple zones, and many other safety features.
Bicyclists do (and should) wear helmets, but rarely more safety gear than that. Sometimes bicyclists also engage in dangerous activities on their bikes. Bicyclists are smaller than other vehicles, even motorcycles. Yet they are required to share the same roadway as cars.
Either side could be liable in a bicycle accident, so it’s important to have a bicycle accident attorney in Richmond on your side to explain your side of the story. They can help you get compensation for all your injuries.
Proving Negligence in a Bicycle Accident
Like any personal injury case, the crucial question is discovering who was negligent in a crash. Evidence in a bicycle accident case versus a car accident case is quite similar, and we know what we need to get to prove your case.
For instance, if the driver was ticketed in the crash, that’s possible proof backed up by the word of an officer of the driver’s negligence. If we can also prove you were riding safely at the time of the crash, that could be enough.
In other cases, it’s not so simple. If both of you were turning at the same time, and there was a crash, it can be hard to sort out who was at fault. But proving that it was the other party’s fault is the job of your bicycling accident lawyer in Richmond.
Bicycle Accident Rates
During 2014 in Virginia, there were approximately 746 bicycle accidents, resulting in 705 injuries, and unfortunately 12 fatalities. This number represents a slight increase from 2013. It is quite likely even higher now.
One of the main causes of bicycle accidents involves the failure of a car driver to yield to the bicyclist. Cyclists are constantly on the lookout for distracted drivers or who may fail to notice them on the roads. This stressful situation is enough to make many people opt out of bicycling entirely unless it is on a trail.
Another common bike injury is “dooring.” This is when a parked car suddenly opens their door in the path of a bicyclist they didn’t see. This can push the cyclist into the path of another vehicle. If you live in a bike-heavy area, look twice before opening your door!
Richmond’s Bike Lane Plan
In 2015, the city of Richmond announced plans to create bike lanes which would span 15 downtown blocks, a popular idea which many major urban centers throughout the country have been proposing.
The biker-friendly spot of downtown Richmond would provide protection to cyclists while at the same time allow motor vehicle drivers to continue along their commute without interruption. The introduction of these lanes could help curb the incidence of bicycle accidents, but it does not impact the main issue of driver distraction in bicycle accidents.
However, by staying in the bicycle lane you will greatly reduce your own chances of liability if you were hit. Drivers often accuse bicyclists of unsafe riding habits, like weaving between cars or lane splitting. Staying in your own lane will defuse those arguments.
What Kinds of Compensation Could I Receive?
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents often lead to devastating injuries. While helmets offer some protection to cyclists to reduce the chance of the worst accidents, they do not protect the rest of the body from extreme injuries.
You may bring a claim for your injuries that includes the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
An experienced Richmond bicycle accident attorney will be able to assist you in calculating out the total amount of damages you are entitled to claim as a result of your injuries. We have seen firsthand the injuries that can result from bicycle accidents involving speeding cars.
Contact Our Richmond Bicycle Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers of Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our attorneys understand the joy of cycling and work hard to protect the sport and its riders from injuries and from the financial repercussions after an accident.
Call our office or contact us online today for your free initial legal consultation with one of our compassionate Richmond bicycle accident lawyers.