Whether you are riding around the University of Virginia, Chris Greene Lake or the historic Downtown Mall, Charlottesville is a gorgeous city for biking. However, riding around the city is not always safe for bicyclists. They must interact with other vehicles that are much larger and pose a significant risk. Even the slightest error on the cyclist’s or a driver’s part can have catastrophic consequences. In bicycle accidents, the biker typically suffers the worst injuries.
When bicycle accidents happen, cyclists need to know that they have rights and may be entitled to compensation. If you have been hurt by someone else’s negligence while on your bike, you should speak to an experienced bicycle accident attorney at Marks & Harrison as soon as possible. We are one of the oldest and largest law firms in Virginia, and we are ready to put our resources to work for you. Call or reach us online today to schedule a free consultation through our Charlottesville office.
Motorists are surrounded by a steel frame, seat belts and airbags. In contrast, cyclists have little to no protection. Even a helmet provides only minimal protection if a collision with a car or larger vehicle occurs. This is why head injuries are so common in bicycle accidents. In fact, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, between 22 percent and 47 percent of cyclists that have been injured on their bike have sustained some type of head injury.
When a cyclist hits the bike’s handlebars or a car door, the cyclist may also suffer trauma to his or her internal organs. Other injuries which commonly occur from bicycle accidents in Charlottesville are:
Due to the fact that the upper body is most vulnerable in a bicycle accident, it is important for cyclists to always protect their head, face, and eyes when heading out on a bike.
Bicycle accidents can happen at any time and anywhere. Some of the most common types of accidents are:
The moments after a bicycle accident are confusing. You’re likely in shock, aren’t yet aware of the extent of your injuries, and don’t know what to do next. Firstly, it’s important to remain calm and if you can, move out of the street. Yelling and becoming angry are not going to help, so remain respectful to the driver and try to keep a cool head. That will help you take the following steps.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Charlottesville, you need the help of the experienced personal injury lawyers at Marks & Harrison. We will immediately investigate the accident to determine fault, and we will work hard to pursue the compensation that you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, emotional distress and more. Our consultations are always free, and we will charge nothing for our services unless we recover compensation for you. Get started today. Call or reach us online for a free consultation.