There are many good reasons to get around town on a bicycle. They have the lowest cost per trip of any type of transportation aside from walking, they provide exercise, and they allow you to soak in your surroundings and appreciate your neighborhood and community. But they also come with a huge drawback: a serious risk of injury when you’re involved in an accident.
America has been a car-centric nation for a century, and Virginia is no exception. We’ve built our cities to accommodate wide, multi-lane highways and giant parking lots. And while bike lanes are present in many cities and help cyclists stay safer, they aren’t a foolproof option.
Ultimately, the safety of bicycles comes down to drivers paying attention to them and being on the lookout for them, but that doesn’t always happen. Motorcyclists are already overlooked, despite having loud engines. Bicycles make no noise, making them even easier for drivers to overlook.
Unfortunately, when cyclists get hurt, they may have insult added to injury when they find out that their claims aren’t taken seriously. Insurers may either believe that they caused their own accidents or that their injuries aren’t as severe as they claim. In some cases, adjusters may be biased because they believe that bicyclists shouldn’t be allowed on public streets.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident lawyers know the frustrations and stresses that injured cyclists face. Insurance companies are notorious for giving just about all auto accident victims a tough time, and cyclists often get the worst of it. We can stand up for your rights to the money you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.