Children, commuters, and bicycle enthusiasts use bicycles all the time to get around Wytheville. They have a right to the road like any other vehicle, but sometimes drivers don’t pay attention and hit one. If someone hit you while riding, call our bicycle accident lawyers.
The victims of bicycle accidents are often much more injured than the drivers. Brain injury is quite possible. Find out if your case is worth compensation by contacting Pendleton Law for a free consultation with our bicycle accident lawyers.
Do You Really Need a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
If your case has clear liability and you weren’t harmed too badly, an insurance company might offer a reasonable settlement. But if your injuries are life-altering or there are questions about liability, you need a bicycle accident lawyer.
The liability question is enormous because Virginia uses a contributory negligence standard for fault. If the court finds that you contributed at all to your accident, you will lose your case. Insurance companies may try to prove you shared fault in the accident to avoid a payout.
A bicycle accident lawyer protects your interests by fighting to get the most compensation they can for your case. Your case could be worth more than you think. A free case evaluation by Pendleton Law can reveal that you’re owed more than you think.
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The Dangers of Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists have almost no protection from the impact of a vehicle accident. Helmets save lives, but with enough force the protection of a helmet may not be enough. Many cyclists end up with horrible injuries after a bicycle accident.
One common reason for bicycle accidents is failure to yield. An inattentive driver might miss seeing you in the roadway and run you over during a turn. Another reason for accidents is rude drivers trying to scare cyclists by honking as they pass or clipping their handlebars.
Cyclists can also carry their share of blame, and this puts cyclists at risk in Virginia. If the court finds you at fault for any part of your accident, they could deny you compensation under Virginia’s contributory negligence rule. A bicycle accident attorney from our firm will fight to show that you had no role to play in your injuries.
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How Much Is My Case Worth?
Cases aren’t worth a set amount. Instead, you and your lawyer must collect evidence to build a case explaining why you’re owed money. Your lawyer may be able to give you an estimate based on previous case experience, but it is only an estimate until all the facts are gathered.
Economic damages are the first thing we look at. These are the obvious bills and lost income caused by your accident, from replacing your bicycle to any medical care you need. Then, non-economic damages like pain and suffering are added to the total. We can sometimes calculate the value of these based on the economic damages.
If the other driver committed gross negligence, say by driving drunk or recklessly, you could also be eligible for punitive damages. This is a punishment given by the court that gives you extra money. If we feel your case qualifies for punitive damages, we will work to add these to your case total.
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How Will You Pay for a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
Pendleton Law uses a contingency fee system for all personal injury cases. Working on contingency means we work on your Wytheville bike accident case for free until you win your case. If you lose completely, you owe us nothing.
This puts legal representation in reach of everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. If you are successful and get compensation, we take a percentage of the final amount as our fee before passing the rest on to you.
Any bike injury attorney worth hiring will get you more money than you could on your own even after they take the contingency fee out. We’ll discuss the details of our contingency fee agreement with you during your consultation.
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How Long Do You Have to File a Bicycle Accident Claim?
Under the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, we all have a right to a speedy trial. Virginia has laws that define the statute of limitations for different accusations. For civil cases like bicycle accidents, these are deadlines for plaintiffs to sue.
You have two years from the date of your accident to bring a lawsuit to trial, with certain exceptions for rare circumstances. Your bicycle accident attorney may be able to pause the clock if they can persuade the court to do so, but it’s far better to work on your case early so you never have to worry about the deadline.
The soonest time to call a lawyer is as soon as you’ve seen a doctor for a checkup. If you’re injured, call the Pendleton Law Team for a free consultation after your bike accident. We can discuss your legal options and how we can help you.
Hire a Wytheville Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you’re facing huge medical bills and time off work to recover from your bicycle accident, don’t pay for them yourself before talking with one of our bicycle accident attorneys. Pendleton Law has helped people like you receive compensation from responsible drivers.
Contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. You’ll learn about your legal rights and get advice on what to do after your accident. Call today.
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