Bicyclists are more vulnerable in accidents because they have less protection than people in other vehicles. Because of this, they are more likely to suffer life-altering or permanent injuries from these accidents. Victims can incur high medical costs and might need to take a leave of absence from work to recover from their injuries. An Alexandria bicycle accident lawyer can help bicyclists in filing claims and getting compensation.
How an Alexandria Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
An Alexandria bicycle accident lawyer from our firm can help you in various ways. If you hire an attorney, you should expect them to help in the following ways.
Your lawyer works to show that the accident was not your fault or was only partly your fault. We use evidence to prove that the responsible party had a duty to you and that a breach of duty occurred, leading to you suffering harm.
Your lawyer stockpiles evidence from the accident and other relevant proof to help boost your case. It is better if we can start as soon as possible so that we can obtain fresh evidence. This might involve consulting witnesses present during or after the accident. It also involves getting police and medical documentation about the accident and your injuries.
Deal With Legal Procedures
There will likely be an ongoing back and forth between you and the responsible parties. A lot of legal processes are involved in these conversations, and your lawyer will handle that for you. We talk with the other parties to ensure your case is accurately presented and try to come to an agreement.
Negotiate a Settlement
The other party will be looking to pay as little as possible. That is where an Alexandria bicycle accident lawyer might be able to help you. We will compile a list of your injuries and use that to determine a monetary value for your case.
Your lawyer will negotiate with the other party for a fair settlement.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accidents lawyer serving Alexandria, call 800-333-9999
What Compensation Can You Receive?
The compensation you receive depends on the party at fault, the extent of your injuries, and how the accident impacted your life. Some of the damages you can get include:
These include quantifiable losses, such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
We can help you recover economic and non-economic damages through a wrongful death claim if you lost a loved one in a bicycle accident.
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Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Sometimes no matter how careful you are or how closely you follow legal and safe bicycle guidelines, you can still be in an accident. However, if you follow safe riding habits you decrease your chances of getting involved in an accident. Below are some common causes of bike accidents.
Hazardous Road Conditions
These can be because of poor weather or poor road maintenance. Things such as potholes with no warning signs can harm a cyclist. Warning signs are necessary to alert people to the dangers ahead so they can avoid them. Poor road conditions and the absence of warning signs can lead to dangerous accidents.
A distracted driver can easily cause an accident by veering into a bike lane or by rear-ending a cyclist in their lane of travel.
Defective Bicycle Parts
Sometimes manufacturer negligence can lead to faulty parts. These parts could be loose or might not perform the correct function, leading to bad accidents. In such cases, the cyclist can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
Opening Doors Unexpectedly
A car driver might accidentally open their door while a cyclist is about to pass, causing a “dooring” accident. If the cyclist swerves to avoid the door, they may be hit by another vehicle. All drivers need to check before opening their doors to avoid hitting any unsuspecting cyclists.
Parties Responsible for a Bicycle Accident
Most bicycle accident cases involve other drivers. The driver may be considered negligent if they:
- Did not check for blind spots
- Drove while under the influence
- Drove while distracted
- Abruptly changed lanes without signaling
- Were speeding
These factors make the other party liable, or responsible, for the accident. This gives you the right to file a bicycle accident claim or a lawsuit against the driver, who is legally required to compensate you.
Sometimes, other drivers are not the only ones responsible for your accident. Some of the other parties that might be liable for an accident include:
- A mechanic that did not correctly install some parts or a failure to do a thorough maintenance test
- A government agency that didn’t communicate about debris or defective roadways so that cyclists know to avoid them
In other cases, negligence can be from multiple parties. Sometimes a cyclist can also share fault in the accident, resulting in diminished damages because of comparative negligence. If, for example, you were 30% responsible for the accident, you will only receive 70% of your potential damages.
An Alexandria bicycle accident lawyer works to identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable for their part in the accident. They can also advise you on how to proceed if comparative negligence applies in your case.
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The team at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers is ready to listen to and handle your case. With over 400 years of combined legal experience, we are ready to work with you to get the compensation that you deserve. Our attorneys serving Alexandria can get started soon after the accident to construct the best case strategy. Contact us today and let us help you.