Recreational cycling is fun and is great exercise. However, when bikes and cars share the same road, it can be dangerous. Cycling accidents and deaths are increasing as more people take up recreational cycling. There are more than 50,000 collisions each year between bicycles and other vehicles in the United States, resulting in the death of more than 1,000 bicyclists annually. Cyclists are at a particularly high risk of injury in a collision.
While drivers of automobiles are protected by the frame of the vehicle, cyclists, even those wearing helmets and protective gear, bear the full force of the impact. Serious injuries can result, including concussions and more traumatic brain injuries; broken bones; and spinal injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the serious injuries that cyclists receive in collisions result in lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of billions of dollars.
According to The Virginia Department of Transportation, cyclists are required to follow certain rules while on the road in order to protect themselves while riding. These laws include:
Motor vehicles are also required to follow specific traffic laws concerning cyclists in order to keep them safe. These laws state:
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, get legal counsel from an expert. The insurance company for the other party involved will begin immediately to protect their “insured”. You need a law firm with the tenacity to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Seeking sound legal counsel early will have a direct impact on if, and how much, you are compensated.
Our Weiner, Spivey & Miller attorneys have over 190 years of combined experience in advocating for those injured by someone else’s negligence. We will listen to your concerns and work with you each step of the way. Our success in handling personal injury cases has earned our clients substantial settlements and jury awards, and has earned us the respect of our legal colleagues.
Read some of our case outcomes below or click here to see our results on behalf of other clients.
Young Bicyclist Loses Life After Saving Another:
Adam, a college freshman, and his girlfriend, Clare, were riding their bikes on the Washington & Old Dominion Bike Trail on a Saturday morning in the spring. The defendant’s car jumped the curb, entered on to the trail and came straight towards them. Adam pushed Clare out of the path of the car, which then struck Adam and crushed him against a tree, killing him instantly. The defendant driver had a long history of traffic violations. Lawson Spivey negotiated a $210,000 settlement on behalf of Adam’s family. This was the maximum amount available from the insurance policies. The defendant had no personal assets to pursue.
Student Cyclist Struck by Passing Car:
Mike, a student at George Washington University, was biking to class when an impatient motorist honked his horn and tried to pass him on crowded K Street in downtown D.C. Mike was forced into a row of parked cars, where he struck the side-view mirror of a parked car and was thrown from his bike to the pavement. He suffered serious knee, back, and neck injuries, which eventually required surgery to fuse vertebrae in Mike’s lower back. Attorney Gene Miller successfully settled the case for the insurance policy limits of $100,000 -- the maximum amount available from the defendant driver’s insurance policy, supplemented by Mike’s insurance policy.