Need an Injury Attorney for a Virginia Bicycle Accident?
In Virginia 2015, there were 15 bicycle riders killed, which made up 2% of all traffic fatalities. 661 bicycle riders were injured, however, and we believe that these numbers must be reduced significantly. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to look out for bicycle riders and this is what leads to a variety of serious accidents that claim lives and cause serious, life-altering injuries. Bicycle riders are at risk for a multitude of serious injuries, such as brain injuries (especially when helmets are not worn), or spinal injuries when they are thrown from the bicycle. Nobody suspects that they will ever be involved in a serious accident, but when it does happen, you may wonder how you can hold a party negligent in your time of need. How do you bring your claim and compensate for your damages?
What Can Be Done After Your Accident?
Many people are unsure of where to turn after they have been injured in a bicycle accident. Bicycle-related crashes are almost always serious because a bicycle can very easily topple over or fling a rider right from their seat. How do you compensate for your injuries or determine how much you should be owed when you have been injured severely? Here are some ways to preserve your rights after an accident:
- Ensure that you and your bicycle are removed from the roadways so that it doesn’t cause another accident.
- Record contact information for parties involved in the accident as well as from witnesses who may have seen the accident.
- Capture the license plate number and other information from the responsible driver.
- Call the police so that they can assess the scene and look into who may be at fault for your accident.
- Receive medical treatment as promptly as possible after you have been hit. This includes keeping good documentation that can help you prove your claim.
You want to be able to prove every step of your claim because, without evidence, a case cannot move forward. If a party is determined to not be liable in your accident, you may be left to recover from your own insurance or pay out of pocket, and you don’t want to end up in this situation.
How an Attorney Can Help
The other party’s insurance company or attorney may try to take advantage of you in your case, which means that they may try to pass off liability onto you. When you have been injured in a serious accident, you may sustain a variety of damages, such as fractures of the mouth and jaw, facial contusions, dislocated joints, brain damage, and even road rash. These injuries can be very serious and you could be left in an uncomfortable situation if you are unable to recover. This is why we want to hear from you and hold a driver liable when they were not paying attention to the roadways and it led to a bicycle accident.
Call us today to get started on your case and work toward the compensation you deserve for aspects like medical bills, pain and suffering, and so much more. We are waiting to help you start your case.