Bicycle Accidents Attorneys in Richmond & Tappahannock, Virginia

Virginia is widely considered one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the country. In particular, Richmond is a popular area for people to ride their bicycles both for recreation and as an alternative to commuting by car. But while bicycling may be safer here than in many other cities, that does not mean the risk of an accident is zero.

On the contrary, hundreds of bicyclists are injured in accidents every year in Virginia. In a handful of cases, these injuries prove fatal. And many bicycle accidents are the result of negligence by another party such as a motorist. If you have been injured by such negligence, Richmond bicycle accident lawyer Ryan Wind can help. Wind Law, LLC, represents injured bicyclists seeking compensation for their accident-related losses. We can investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, deal with insurance companies on your behalf, and if necessary take a negligent driver to court.

Reckless Driving Often Leads to Bicycle Accidents in Virginia

Bicycle Accidents

Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time riding a bicycle in Richmond has dealt with motorists who think they “own the road.” As a matter of law, however, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as anyone operating a car or truck. This means that bicyclists need to obey the same traffic laws. It also means that motorists cannot drive recklessly or aggressively which endangers the safety of bicyclists.

Some of the more common causes of bicycle accidents that we see at Wind Law, LLC, include:

  • motorists failing to check their mirrors and “blind spots” for bicycles;
  • motorists opening a car door that smacks into an approaching bicycle;
  • motorists turning without properly signaling first; and
  • motorists speeding through an intersection.

While any accident involving a motor vehicle can be serious, bicyclists are especially vulnerable due to their relative lack of protection. Even if a bicyclist wears a helmet and pads they can still face serious–and potentially fatal–injuries, including broken bones, road rash, spinal cord damage, and damage to internal organs. This is why any bicyclist who is involved in an accident should seek immediate medical attention, even if they initially feel like they can get up and “walk away” from the scene.

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After seeking medical attention, your next move following a bicycle accident should be to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Dealing with the legal aftermath of a bicycle accident is often more complicated than you might realize. Insurance companies representing the negligent driver will be looking to minimize their potential liability. And due to Virginia’s “contributory negligence” rule in personal injury cases, any potential evidence of the bicyclist’s fault may be enough to deny compensation.

A qualified Richmond bicycle accident lawyer can help you navigate the legal system and help ensure you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. If you need to speak with an attorney right away, contact Wind Law, LLC, to schedule a free initial consultation.

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