Knowing Your Rights In A Bicycle Accident

Hampton Roads is a bicycle-friendly region. Whether it be the Virginia Beach oceanfront or downtown Norfolk, it’s common to see a close mingling of cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists traversing the streets. Despite the availability of designated bike lanes and various back road options in some areas that allow bicyclists to stay away busier roads, traffic congestion and confusion leads to accidents all too frequently. 

Bicycle Accidents

Because Virginia is a “contributory negligence” state, understanding who’s at fault is not as simple as it may seem. Each city has its own laws and ordinances when it comes to bicycles, and just because one thing is legal in one city, doesn’t mean it is in another city.  

Bicycle accidents can range from relatively minor (cuts and scrapes) to tragic (Traumatic Brain Injury or a fatality), and everything in between. These injuries can lead to a loss of income, medical expenses, and emotional suffering. That is why taking the proper steps immediately following an incident and contacting an experienced attorney is so important if you are two receive compensation for the accident.

If you are in an accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Medical information is crucial to the negotiation of a settlement. Even if you don't feel like it is necessary, oftentimes ailments can take days or weeks before they are recognized. Additionally, do your best to document the incident with written testimony and/or photos. The more information you can provide your attorney the better. 

Recoverable damages: 

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Lost earning capacity 

Our attorneys will not steer you wrong if you’re involved in an accident involving a bicycle, and we will apply the knowledge gained from our years of experience to fight for what you are legally entitled to, and identifying the best path forward to help you get what is owed to you.  

Make sure you receive the compensation you are legally entitled to with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident due to another's negligence, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today! Call us at 888-691-9319 to schedule a free consultation or fill out a quick form to get started!