Bicycles have experienced a renaissance over the past few years, and more and more people are using bikes as one of their primary modes of transportation as well as for exercise and general well being. Unfortunately, many of Virginia’s cities and country roads are not perfectly constructed with the cyclist in mind. This means that those of us who want to travel via bicycle are sharing the street with those in cars, trucks, and motorcycles. It does not take much to recognize that a bicycle, and therefore a bicyclist, is far more vulnerable on the road than anyone inside of a car, and because we are traveling at a much slower rate of speed, it often happens that individuals in cars do not notice us until it is too late.
Bicycle accidents, like pedestrian accidents, can easily become catastrophic. Especially when the incident involves a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the brunt of the collision is taken by the bike and its rider. When they occur, bike accidents very often result from negligence on the part of the person in the motor vehicle. Some of the more common reasons for bike accidents include:
- Drivers being distracted by cell phones or passengers
- Drowsy drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Drivers traveling over the posted limit
- Divers violating written or posted traffic laws
It is also the case that bike accidents can happen for other reasons, such as:
- Poorly maintained roadways
- Broken or unclear traffic signs and signals
- Malfunctions with the bicycle itself
If you or someone you love has been involved in a bike accident, there is a good chance that you are facing a harrowing period of your life. Even if the initial damage is slight or seemingly benign, it is not uncommon for debilitating injuries to emerge out of what at first seemed insignificant. Because of this, any bike accident, even those that seem the least severe, can result in medical bills, wage loss, physical and psychological trauma, and a reduction in the quality of life experienced by the cyclist before the incident took place.
We at the McDowell Law Group understand what it means to suffer in a life-changing bicycle accident, and we know that no amount of financial compensation can atone for the potential injury and loss resulting from such an incident. However, we also strongly believe that with proper financial restitution made to the victims of such accidents the focus of those most affected can shift from worrying about how to pay the bills to how to heal.
More information on what legal action can be taken after a bicycle accident can be obtained by calling the MacDowell Law Group at (703) 277-2811 or by sending an email to our firm through the secure form available on this page.
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