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Manassas Bicycle Accident Attorney
In Manassas and throughout Virginia, bicyclists may use the public streets just as cars do, as long as they obey the rules of the road. Unfortunately, having the legal right to be on the road doesn’t always mean having the respect of others who use the same space. Motorists often fail to spot bicyclists on the road because they aren’t paying attention. In some cases, motorists display a clear indifference toward the right of bicyclists to share the road.
When a bicyclist suffers extremely serious injuries in a crash with a motor vehicle, insurance companies will work quickly to try to resolve the case by paying as little as possible. At Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, our experienced legal team is very familiar with insurance company tactics because Manassas bike accident attorney James R. Parrish began his legal career working for these large insurers. This experience opened his eyes to how bicycle accident victims are shortchanged when they lack adequate representation, thus leading him to switch sides and represent injured people instead of the big companies.
If you’ve been injured in one of these accidents, you know how they can turn your life upside-down in an instant. Who was at fault? Could you have prevented the crash? How will your family make ends meet? What if you don’t recover from your injuries? If these worries sound familiar, there is hope. The dedicated legal team at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC can help you pursue the compensation you need after a Northern Virginia bicycle accident.
Contact us now to schedule a free case consultation.
What Types of Compensation Are Available After a Bicycle Crash?
Bicycle accidents can cause severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, “road rash,” and psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress. Common types of compensation that a Manassas bicycle accident attorney may pursue for you after a crash include:
- Medical bills, including past and future coverage for medical, hospital, surgical, and therapy bills, as well as bills for medications or medical devices such as crutches, wheelchairs, or braces.
- Lost wages, including coverage for some or all of the wages the injured bicyclist would have earned if the injury had not forced him or her to take time off work. If the injury is so severe that the bicyclist cannot go back to work, compensation for lost future wages may also be sought.
- Value of lost household services, for example, if the injured person had to hire someone else to take on chores that he or she would ordinarily have done, such as cleaning, childcare, or yard work.
- Pain and suffering, which sometimes seems immeasurable, but an experienced attorney can help you document this type of compensation.
- Punitive damages, which can be awarded in cases where the at-fault party was particularly reckless.
When a bicyclist is injured due to the negligence of a driver or another party, he or she may be able to seek compensation from that person or their applicable insurance policies. Bicyclists may also be able to file claims with their own auto insurance or homeowner’s insurance for coverage if they are injured. Because filing an insurance claim can be complex, it is important to notify insurance companies promptly after an injury and seek advice from an experienced Manassas bicycle injury lawyer.
Common Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries and Their Causes
Many of the bicycle-car accidents on Virginia roads every year occur because a driver of a motor vehicle isn’t paying attention — and does not see the bicyclist until it is too late. Here are the most common types of bicycle accidents and their most common causes, according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.
- Left-turn collisions: A car makes a left turn at an intersection into the path of a bicyclist who was trying to go straight through the intersection from the opposite direction. The bicyclist has the right of way but pays the price for the driver’s inattention, which is the most common cause of these accidents.
- Right-turn collisions: A bicyclist is trying to go straight through an intersection when a car going the same direction turns right into the bicyclist. This accident commonly occurs when the driver doesn’t think of the bicycle as another vehicle with the right of way, but as a pedestrian who will yield to cars.
- Door collisions: These happen when a bicycle is passing a line of parked cars on the side of the road, and one car’s occupant opens a door directly into the bicyclist’s path. Drivers and passengers can easily avoid this mistake by checking the car’s side mirror before they open the door — but they must be paying sufficient attention to spot a bicyclist, as well as other cars.
- Driveway collisions: The bicyclist is passing a driveway when a car pulls out and hits the bicyclist. These are almost always caused by the driver failing to pay proper attention, often due to distraction.
- Rear-end crashes: A bicyclist is rear-ended by a car. Although these accidents are less common than people suppose, they are more likely to cause serious injury or death when they do occur. Often, the driver responsible for the crash is either distracted, intoxicated, or both.
- “Wipeouts”: A bicyclist takes a blind curve or approaches the bottom of an incline, only to find a pothole, oil spill, puddle, or pile of gravel or leaves. The bicyclist hits the debris and wipes out. Unlike the other most common accidents, when wipeouts are due to negligence, it is often the negligence of the agency or person responsible for maintaining the roadway.
Many of these types of accidents can also be caused, or made worse, by a hidden defect in any of the bicycle’s parts which can lead to major bicycle accident injuries. Hidden defects pose a special danger because bicyclists may not realize they are present until it is too late to prevent an accident.
Contact an Experienced Bike Accident Attorney Today
Attorney Jim Parrish spent many years working for insurance companies, learning the ways in which insurers fight to deny claims to injured bicyclists who need compensation after a serious accident. Today, Jim Parrish and the team at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC put that knowledge to work on behalf of injured bicyclists and their families.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle car accident in Manassas, Fairfax, Warrenton, or elsewhere in Northern Virginia, you deserve a bicycle accident attorney who understands your needs and who fights for full and fair compensation for your injuries. For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact our office today.