Trust a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Who is a Cyclist Himself
Cyclists, like pedestrians, are vulnerable on the road, and reckless driving can cause serious injuries such as broken bones, brain damage, or worse. Bicycle accident lawyer Josh Silverman can help those cyclists injured in Richmond, VA, motor vehicle accidents seek maximum compensation for damages. As an avid cyclist himself, Mr. Silverman understands the perils cyclists face every time they take to the road. As an attorney who has represented many clients in personal injury lawsuits, he also has a thorough understanding of the rules of the road regarding bicycles and motor vehicles. If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused by a negligent driver or even experienced a hit and run accident, Silverman Law Firm, LC is here to help. Contact our office today to take the first steps in pursuing compensation.
Rules of the Road
Many cyclists have a better understanding of the rules of the road than the drivers of motor vehicles. While cars can pass a cyclist on the road, they must provide at least three feet of space between the vehicle and the bicycle when doing so. Cyclists should have appropriate lighting and reflective gear and must use appropriate hand signals when turning or stopping. Otherwise, cyclists operate similarly to drivers of motor vehicles. They can make left turns and pass other vehicles when necessary.
As an avid cyclist himself, Mr. Silverman understands the perils cyclists face every time they take to the road.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
Lack of driver awareness is one of the biggest causes of bicycle accidents. Drivers often do not understand how to share the road with cyclists properly, seeing them as a nuisance. This lack of understanding and impatience significantly contributes to many of these accidents. Distracted driving is another primary cause of bicycle accidents, as drivers who are texting or changing the radio station may not see a cyclist.
Injuries in Bicycle Accidents
Although cyclists in the state of Virginia are not required to wear a helmet, many do so to avoid serious injuries. Unfortunately, when larger, heavier vehicles are involved in an accident with a bicycle, severe injuries can happen regardless. The injuries a cyclist may suffer can range from minor to catastrophic and life-threatening and may include:
These serious injuries can hinder a cyclist’s cognitive and motor functions and may require extensive and expensive medical care and rehabilitation. Sadly, some may never recover after such an accident.
How a Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help
Mr. Silverman is an avid cyclist. He participates in multiple charity rides every year including Bike MS, Climb to Conquer Cancer, and Cap2Cap. Silverman Law Firm is a sponsor of Heart of Virginia Bike Festival benefiting the Brain Injury Association of Virginia and Bikes for Kids. This year Silverman Law Firm was a sponsor of Climb to Conquer Cancer ride supporting Massey Cancer Center.
Mr. Silverman firmly believes in the rights of cyclists on the road. When a fellow cyclist is injured in an accident, he will conduct a thorough investigation to prove fault and liability. Many cyclists now use tracking technology (Garmin, Wahoo, Fitbits) that can provide invaluable evidence in such cases. He can use this information to build a strong case against a negligent driver. He will aggressively pursue damages to compensate for your medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
Bicycle accidents tend to be some of the most hard fought cases. Unlike rear end car accidents, the driver and cyclist often are at odds over who was at fault. Therefore these cases are less likely to settle and more likely to end up in court. When an insurance company is willing to engage in good faith negotiations we are more than happy to resolve a case out of court. However, when the claim is denied you need an attorney who does not hesitate to take on the fight. Mr. Silverman has taken numerous cycling cases to verdict in courts around Richmond, Virginia.
Understand Your Rights
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, you need someone on your side who understands. Call our office at (804) 325-4992 or contact us online to schedule your consultation with Mr. Silverman.