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Children and Bicycle Accidents (Part B)

Children and Bicycle Accidents (Part B)

These motorists obviously do not intend to cause an accident or hurt a child, but they may still be at fault. Sometimes they do not see the child on a bike. Other times, objects block their line of sight. However, the responsibility lies with the motorist if your child followed all of the appropriate safety rules.

In some bicycle accident cases, inattentive motorists have been made to admit guilt. In one case, the plaintiff was awarded the full insurance policy limit for the wrongful death of a child. While these accident settlements cannot return your life or the life of your child, they can help offset the medical, funeral and other costs incurred with a fatal bicycle accident.

If Your Child Is In a Bicycle Accident

When your child is in a life-threatening accident, it is easy to panic. You tried to keep them safe. You taught them to wear a helmet and follow bicycle safety rules, but it did not help. It’s not your fault.

Now it is time to fight back and ensure your child’s medical and rehabilitation needs are met. Remember the following factors when trying to plan your Virginia personal injury lawsuit:

  • Get medical attention first.
    • Call a Virginia personal injury lawyer.
    • The negligent party’s insurance company’s priority is their client – not your child. Never accept their first offer.
    • Talk to an experienced Virginia bicycle accident attorney before you speak to the insurance company.
    • Tell your Virginia personal injury attorney every detail, even if it seems minor. A bush blocking the view around a corner or cracks in the sidewalk may make a difference.
  • Get a police report. Any pertinent information you forgot may be recorded there.

A bicycle accident involving your child can ruin and completely change your life. As the parent of a victim of a bicycle accident, you, too, may be emotionally traumatized. Until you retain an attorney, the representatives of the insurance company know that they are dealing with someone who is not adequately prepared and thus are unlikely to offer you fair compensation.

If you, or your loved one, have been injured in a bicycle accident in the Northern Virginia area, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer who will protect your rights and ensure you get the justice and compensation you rightfully deserve. Virginia has a statute of limitations that may prohibit you from filing a lawsuit if too much time has passed. Contact Parrish Law Firm, PLLC today for a FREE evaluation of your case – 571-206-0215.

Increased Bicycle Collisions in Fairfax Require Master Plan

As the number of cyclists in Fairfax County has increased this year, so have collision rates, says Fairfax City Patch. This year, the county has seen fifty-four bicycle accidents and one fatality, an increase from 2011’s statistics of forty-four incidents and zero fatalities. The fatality occurred earlier this month, when Elizabeth P. Shattuck of Falls Church was hit and killed by a vehicle.

In an effort to increase safety and decrease collisions, Fairfax County is developing a countywide bicycle master plan. According to reports, the county is trying to make itself more bicycle friendly. They are aiming to achieve a bike rate of 80 percent capacity within six months of opening the Silver Line. The plan also includes plans to educate cyclists and motorists, expand infrastructure to add bike lanes and trails, and recommend policy. Until the plan is in effect, officials stress the importance of following traffic laws and wearing reflective gear to increase cyclist visibility.

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NHTSA To Create Guidelines For Minimum Noise Level Vehicle Can Make

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has plans to create guidelines for the minimum noise a car must create while running, reports Slate.com.

The NHTSA will start on the noise guidelines this summer thanks to the Pedestrian Safety Act of 2010 and hybrid and electric vehicles, which due to their quietness while in gear, have led to increased pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

NHTSA studies in 2009 and 2011 have found that quiet hybrid and electric vehicles are a danger to the blind, as well as fully sighted individuals because they cannot hear the hybrid and electric vehicles approaching. At speeds lower than 35mph, these fuel-efficient cars are 37% more likely to hit pedestrian walkers and 66% more likely to strike cyclists than their gas-powered counterparts.

The seemingly strange idea of adding noise to a form of transportation has been around since the days of horse and buggy. Sleigh bells, for instance, were very much a safety addition to ensure that pedestrians avoided finding themselves underneath the efficient trampling legs of the horses.

We will keep you updated on the progress of the NHTSA this summer.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in Northern Virginia, you need the veteran lawyers at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Please call us today at 703-906-4229 or email us for a free case consultation.

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