Virginia Bike Accident Attorney
Bike accidents are more common than you think. Sadly, a bicyclist is killed in a bike accident every six hours in the United States.
Virginia laws and regulations for bicycles
A bicyclist in Virginia has all the rights and duties applicable to a motor vehicle driver and is subject to the provision of the Code of Virginia sections on motor vehicles, unless the context of the provision clearly indicates otherwise. There are also regulations for appropriate use of bicycle equipment, such as having lights on the front of the bike when riding in the dark and red reflectors on the rear, and who must wear bike helmets.
Virginia bike accidents: who’s at fault?
In Virginia, cyclists who follow Virginia bicycle safety laws and are injured by another party may believe they have recourse with the culpable party’s insurance company. And it’s true that If you’ve been injured while operating a bicycle, you may be entitled to just compensation. However, insurance companies are notorious for offering very low payments to victims of bicycle accidents. They will try to pay you as little as possible in their settlement discussions with you.
This is aggravated by the fact that in police reports, officers often place blame on the injured bicycle rider rather than the motorist. This makes it easy for insurance companies to deny full compensation due to the injured party. That’s why you need a personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling bike accident cases.
Suing for damages after a bike accident
As an experienced attorney with knowledge of Virginia bicycle rider laws, Sylvano Alvarez will work to determine the facts of your case. If you are in the wrong, he will help prove the negligence on the part of the vehicle driver, and the responsibility of the driver’s insurance company to make you whole by paying for all injuries and losses you have suffered.
Contact The Alvarez Law Firm, PLLC for a free case consultation.