What Do I Do If My Car Accident Was Caused By a Bicyclist In Virginia?
Bicyclists in both rural and urban areas can cause car accidents by riding in a negligent or careless manner. If your car accident was caused by a bicyclist in Virginia, you will likely want to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible. You can reach Jim Parrish and the team from the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, today by calling (571) 229-1800.
Motorists often get blamed even when they were the victim of a car versus bicycle accident. To recover compensation, we need to be able to show the cyclist caused the accident. If you suffered injuries, determining whether you are able to pursue compensation and the best way to do that can be especially complex. We can help.
The Blame Often Falls on Motorists Even When the Cyclist Is At Fault
Proving you were the victim in these accidents is often difficult because drivers may be held to a higher standard of care when it comes to sharing the road. However, it is possible to prove that the bicyclist was the one at fault. Some of the most common ways bicyclists cause traffic accidents include:
- Not obeying stop signs or red lights
- Rolling through stop signs or other traffic signals
- Riding against the traffic flow or on the wrong side of the street
- Failing to yield right of way
- Making abrupt stops
- Turning without signaling
Gathering evidence and building a case will be key. Document everything you can on the accident scene, including collecting names and contact information of witnesses and taking as many pictures as possible. Look for traffic cameras or nearby businesses that may have video.
Pursuing a Payout After a Bicyclist Causes Your Injury Accident
While people generally think of bicyclists suffering injuries in these cases, motorists and their passengers can get hurt, as well. If we can prove the cyclist was solely at fault in your accident, laws under Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles may allow you to hold them liable for your medical care, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, “pain and suffering” and inconvenience, and more.
However, be aware that they will likely be trying to prove you caused the accident so they can recover a payout. We will work to collect evidence to clear your name and show the cyclist was at fault. We can help you to file a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim or take legal action.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, Can Protect Your Rights
Virginia injury attorney Jim Parrish and the team from the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, can review your case for free. We can go to work immediately to protect your rights and determine if you can pursue a payout for your damages. We can explain even the most complex cases in a language you can understand.
We can gather evidence and build a strong case to try to clear you of any responsibility in the accident. We can also identify every option available to you to pursue and possibly obtain compensation to cover your accident-related losses.
You can count on our team to focus on your best interests throughout this process.
Injury lawyer Jim Parrish used to represent the insurance companies, and the information he learned inside the industry helps him protect his clients from those same companies today.
Talk to a Car Accident Attorney in D.C. and Virginia About Your Case
If your car accident was caused by a bicyclist in D.C. or Virginia, you will want to understand your options and know when it is possible to recover compensation for your damages by enlisting the help of an attorney early and working closely with them throughout the process. While you work to hold the bicyclist liable for the accident, the bicyclist will likely be trying to build a case against you.
With the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, on your side, you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal while we work on your legal case. Call (571) 229-1800 now for a free review of your case.