Bicycling is a popular activity in Richmond and many other areas of Virginia. Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous activity.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports that during one recent year:
At Marks & Harrison, we know that many bicycle accidents occur because of the negligence of motor vehicle drivers who share the road with cyclists. Our goal is to protect the rights of injured cyclists and seek the compensation they are due.
As one of the oldest and largest personal injury law firms in Virginia, we have the experience and resources to help if you or a loved one has been injured through no fault of your own in a bicycle crash.
It starts with a free consultation. Our team can then get to work on your case right away. We serve clients in Richmond and from nine other offices located throughout Virginia. Simply call or reach us online today to learn more.
As a cyclist in Virginia, you have rights that must be respected by others on the road. Those rights include:
If a vehicle driver failed to respect your rights as a cyclist and caused injury to you, you have the right to take legal action against that driver and seek a full recovery for all the harm you have suffered.
For your own safety, you should always wear a helmet. However, in most areas of Virginia, you are not required to wear one. Only Alexandria, Falls Church, Vienna,Arlington and Fairfax counties have mandatory bike helmet laws, and they apply only to riders ages 14 and younger.
We realize that bicycle riders can cause collisions with cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. For instance, a bicyclist may ride on the wrong side of the road, cross a street without looking for traffic or fail to have proper reflective gear on the bicycle.
Still, in far too many cases, the careless or reckless conduct of motor vehicle drivers is the cause of a crash, including cases in which a driver:
If you or a loved one has been injured by a motor vehicle driver who engaged in any of the above conduct, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Get in touch with Marks & Harrison immediately to get started on your case.
We understand the severity of injuries that can occur when bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers collide. These injuries include:
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you may be contacted by the motor vehicle driver’s insurance company while you are still dealing with the pain and shock of your injuries. Do not give a recorded statement or accept a settlement offer until you have spoken with Marks & Harrison first.
We can review your case and determine the amount you should pursue in damages to fully and fairly compensate you for the harm you have suffered. We can deal directly with the insurance company and seek a recovery of:
In some cases, punitive damages may also be sought to punish an at-fault driver for especially reckless conduct such as hitting a bicyclist while driving drunk.
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, our firm can help you with filing an uninsured motorist (UM) claim with your own insurance company.
Insurance companies often try to blame the bicyclist for a crash. This is because Virginia follows the pure contributory negligence doctrine. If you are deemed to be even one percent at fault for your crash, you could be barred from recovering anything. This is why it is important to have an aggressive advocate at your side that will stand up for your rights and challenge the claims made by an insurance company.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in Richmond or elsewhere in Virginia, get in touch with Marks & Harrison without delay. We can provide a free consultation at any one of our ten offices or at a location that is most convenient for you. We will get to work immediately on pursuing just compensation for you and your family.
Call or connect with us online today.
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