Talk To Us About Your Bicycle Accident
Bicycle riders can enjoy excellent cardiovascular exercise, save money on fuel, have fun and reduce their carbon footprint. They can also fall victim to drivers who are distracted or not looking out for them on the road.
In some cases, bicycle accident victims can receive compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, damage to their property, pain and suffering, wrongful death or other damages.
The bicycle accident attorneys at Crandall & Katt, Attorneys at Law, work with accident victims and their families to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions and help obtain maximum financial compensation.
If you or a loved one was hit by a car while cycling in Roanoke, Blacksburg or elsewhere in Southwest Virginia, our firm can answer your questions and help you plan your next steps.
Let Us Investigate And Hold The At-Fault Driver Accountable
We have handled a great number of personal injury and wrongful death cases related to the negligence or carelessness of motorists. Our lawyers have taken many of these cases to trial and won significant judgments on behalf of injured clients.
Crandall & Katt, Attorneys at Law, provides experienced representation and personalized guidance to accident victims. We can assist you if your case involves:
- A hit-and-run accident
- An uninsured or underinsured motorist
- A collision that occurred at an intersection, on a city street or on a road
- A car that made a turn into the path of a bicyclist
- Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, joint injuries, stitches or serious abrasions
- Catastrophic injuries resulting in paralysis, loss of use or wrongful death
- A bicyclist who was not wearing a helmet
- A drunk or distracted driver
Every accident is different. We can answer all questions specific to your case.
Answers To Frequently Asked Questions From Injured Bicyclists
Below, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions we hear from bicycle accident victims.
Should I seek medical attention after a bicycle accident?
In most cases, the answer is a firm “yes.” The first reason to seek medical attention is to ensure that you receive timely treatment. Adrenaline masks pain, which is why it may initially feel like there was no serious harm done. However, within a few hours, a slightly sore shoulder or neck could turn out to be a fracture or painful soft-tissue injury. It is better to seek medical care and not need it than vice versa.
The other reason to seek medical attention is to accurately document your injuries. Your medical records will be critical if you file an insurance claim, pursue a personal injury lawsuit or both.
The driver is trying to claim that I was also at fault for the accident. Could this hurt my case?
If the defendant can prove their allegation, it could hurt your case. Virginia is one of only a few states to use a legal principle known as “contributory negligence.” Under this principle, the victim of an accident is barred from recovering compensation if they were even 1% to blame for the accident.
Here’s the upside, however: This is a very common tactic used by defendants, and we prepare for it in every case. We will thoroughly investigate your bicycle accident to determine exactly how it occurred and who was at fault. We utilize all available evidence to argue that the other driver (or a combination of drivers) was at fault and that you bear no blame for what happened.
The police report contains mistakes that could weaken my case. What should I do?
Unfortunately, this is also a common problem in bicyclist and pedestrian accidents. Our laws and infrastructure were designed around automobiles and their drivers, which means that attitudes are often biased against pedestrians and bicyclists. Police officers are busy, and they may only take a statement from the driver at the scene (who will naturally try to shift blame).
If the police report is incomplete or contains harmful errors, we will work with you to correct the record. Police aren’t always obligated to change reports, but they will usually do so in the face of demonstrable evidence that what they wrote was incorrect.
How long can I wait before taking legal action? How long should I wait?
In Virginia, the statute of limitations for most personal injury matters is two years from the date of injury. If you don’t file within that time period, you forfeit the right to take legal action. While two years is plenty of time, you shouldn’t wait even remotely that long to contact a lawyer.
With each day that passes after the accident, memories fade, witnesses become difficult to find and evidence is lost or destroyed. By contacting our firm as soon as reasonably possible, you maximize the strength of your case and preserve your legal options.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
At Crandall & Katt, Attorneys at Law, we offer a free consultation to all accident victims and their families. Contact us to get started.
Because if you’re injured, we care!
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