Virginia has more miles of bicycle routes than any other state, making the commonwealth a popular place for cyclists. In many instances, however, bicycles share these roads with cars and trucks, and in any collision involving a motor vehicle and a bike, the bike rider is at much greater risk of serious injury. The experienced lawyers at Forbes & Broadwell know how to help bicycle accident victims in Hampton, Newport News and throughout The Peninsula seek fair compensation when they suffer injuries caused by the negligent or reckless actions of others, including motorists.
According to a report by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 670 bicycle crashes across the state in 2017, with 619 injuries and 14 fatalities. Most concerning is that the number of fatalities marked a 30 percent increase over the previous year’s total. Many of these crashes (42.3 percent) involved no improper action on the part of the cyclist.
The cities of Hampton and Newport News as well as York County require cyclists 14 years of age or younger to wear a helmet when riding or being carried on a bicycle on roads, sidewalks or bike paths. Statewide, bicyclists must ride with the flow of traffic, obey laws on signaling, use appropriate lights and brakes, and are prohibited from wearing earphones in both ears while biking. But to avoid car-bike collisions, it’s important for motorists to respect the rights of cyclists, which includes passing them at a reasonable speed at least three feet to the bike’s left.
In Virginia, cyclists hit by cars are likely to suffer serious and sometimes deadly injuries. Riders who fail to wear helmets are at greatest risk of sustaining serious head and brain injuries, and spinal injuries are also prevalent when riders are knocked off their bikes onto the road surface. If you’ve been injured while riding a bike and your injuries were caused by a driver’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation.
After getting the medical attention you need, we can help you obtain the compensation that fully accounts for the harm you’ve suffered, which may include current and future medical expenses, rehab costs, and lost wages. We can assist you whether it’s through an insurance claim against the at-fault driver or a personal injury suit that seeks damages above policy limits. We are skilled negotiators and experienced litigators, so we are prepared to press for the compensation you deserve in or out of court.
Contact our Hampton injury lawyers if you are involved in a bicycle accident
Since 1994, Forbes & Broadwell has represented cyclists injured throughout Hampton Roads, including Newport News, The Peninsula and Tidewater. Please call 757-637-6835 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Hampton office.