January 13th, 2020
When it comes to getting exercise, enjoying the outdoors, and doing your part to protect the environment, there’s no better way to commute than riding your bicycle. However, biking to school, work, or around town has a major downside: the risk of suffering a serious injury. Even when bike lanes are available, bicyclists still face dangers on Virginia’s roadways, especially when other drivers aren’t paying attention.
In 2018, 857 bicyclists were killed in crashes in the U.S. To reduce the number of crashes involving cyclists, we must raise awareness of the problem and identify how injuries happen.
Bicycles have no built-in safety features, which means riders must take necessary steps to protect themselves, such as wearing helmets and brightly colored clothing. But when accidents do occur, bicyclists are at an extreme risk of suffering serious injuries, such as:
- Head injuries—Bicyclists should never leave home without wearing helmets. Wearing a helmet can be the difference between life and death in bicycle accidents. However, bicycle helmets can only absorb so much energy during crashes, and riders may still be at risk of traumatic brain injuries.
- Road rash—When bicyclists are thrown from their bikes and land on pavement or asphalt, they may suffer serious injuries to their skin, which can result in excessive bleeding and infection.
- Broken bones—Both high-speed and low-speed bicycle accidents can put riders at risk of broken bones. For example, when riders place their hands in front of themselves to catch their falls, they may suffer broken fingers, hands, wrists or arms.
As a bicyclist, you have rights, and that includes pursuing compensation when someone else’s mistakes cause your injuries. If you aren’t sure whether you want to take legal action, simply give us a call to explore your legal options. Contact the Norfolk bicycle accidents lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
November 4th, 2019
Except for certain highways and interstates, bicyclists are welcome on roadways throughout Virginia and the U.S. When bicyclists ride near motorized vehicles, they’re granted the same rights as drivers and must follow the same rules of the road, including observing speed limits, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights, and not holding up traffic.
However, some bicyclists are reluctant to pursue compensation after traffic accidents—even when the accidents weren’t their fault. Just as drivers of passenger vehicles are allowed to file compensation claims after crashes, so too are bicyclists. In fact, the injuries that bicyclists can suffer are often more severe than the injuries sustained by drivers and passengers in cars, trucks, and SUVs, as bicyclists have no built-in protection for riders.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk bicycle accident attorneys want to help injured bicyclists get maximum compensation for their injuries and injury-related expenses, including their medical bills, their lost wages, and their pain and suffering. If you were recently hurt in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t miss out on your chance to get compensation. You need experienced legal help on your side right now, and we’re here to represent you.
Our legal team knows that bicyclists aren’t always treated fairly by insurance companies, even when accidents weren’t their fault. It’s our goal to make sure your voice is heard and your post-accident needs are addressed. Contact us today for a free consultation.
September 2nd, 2019
When you ride your bike through Norfolk, VA, you know that you face certain dangers that don’t always exist if you’re driving your own vehicle or riding the bus. However, you also expect to be reasonably safe and that other motorists will take the necessary precautions to avoid causing accidents. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, and innocent bicyclists get struck by vehicles far too often in Virginia and throughout the U.S. every year.
Bicycle accident injuries can be devastating, even when riders wear helmets and other protective gear. If you were hurt on your bicycle due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your medical bills and any lost wages. Although you weren’t traveling on a motorized vehicle, you still have the same rights as everyone else when you use Virginia’s roadways when you’re legally allowed to be on them and you’re following the rules of the road.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that many bicyclists feel helpless after accidents, and they may not even consider pursuing compensation. That’s because it’s easy for bicyclists to feel like they’re at fault for their own accidents. However, our Norfolk bicycle accident lawyers know how to investigate crashes and collect evidence that proves bicyclists weren’t at fault for their own accidents or injuries.
When you contact us, we’ll do everything in our power to help you get maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call today for a free consultation.
June 24th, 2019
Whether you bike as part of your daily commute, for exercise, or for recreation, you face many risks every time you ride near vehicles. That’s because even the most bike-friendly cities can still be hazardous to cyclists due to distracted, inattentive, and downright negligent drivers.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped many bicyclists who were seriously injured by drivers who didn’t uphold their duty to make public roadways a safe place for everyone—including people traveling on two wheels. When you contact our Norfolk bicycle accident lawyers after an accident that wasn’t your fault, we’ll build a strong claim for you by:
- Proving you weren’t at fault—We’ll collect evidence that proves the driver’s negligence, including witness statements, traffic camera footage, and the accident report.
- Determining how much money you’re owed—Bicycle accidents can result in severe injuries that require expensive medical treatment. They can also be disabling. We’ll find out how much money you’re owed, and we’ll work hard to help you get it.
- Handling communication with the insurance company—The other driver’s insurance company may be reluctant to pay you what you deserve. In addition to handling the negotiation process, we’ll handle all phone calls, emails, and letters from them while you focus on recovering.
You have rights as a bicyclist, and you deserve compensation if you were injured through no fault of your own. Don’t pay out of pocket for an accident that wasn’t your fault—contact us today to find out how we can help.
March 18th, 2019
If you ride a bicycle on public roads in Virginia, you must obey the same traffic laws as everyone else. That means observing the speed limit, stopping at stop signs and red lights, and avoiding distractions. Following those laws means that you also deserve the same level of respect and consideration as people traveling in passenger vehicles.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Drivers are often accustomed to looking out for other cars, trucks, and SUVs, putting bicyclists at increased risk. And because bicyclists often have no protection outside of helmets, they can suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries when they’re involved in accidents with passenger vehicles.
If you or someone you love was hurt while riding a bicycle, the Norfolk bicycle accident attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers want to help. You may be facing weeks or even months away from work, and your medical bills may be more than you can afford. But if your accident happened because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue a claim to get money for your accident-related expenses.
Don’t let the insurance company or the driver who struck you or caused your accident intimidate you into giving up your rights to the money you deserve. Our legal team knows how to collect evidence that proves bicyclists weren’t at fault for their accidents, and it’s our goal to build a strong claim on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.
December 17th, 2018
Drivers are supposed to be on the lookout for everyone on the road—not just other cars, trucks, and SUVs. But too often, drivers fail to watch for motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. When bicyclists are struck by vehicles, they face a high risk of suffering severe and even life-threatening injuries.
Aside from major highways and interstates, bicycles are allowed on almost all roads and streets in Virginia. That privilege means that bicyclists are both required to obey traffic laws and also granted the same rights as people in passenger vehicles. Because of those rights, drivers are expected to extend the same courtesy to bicyclists as they do to everyone else.
But as many bicyclists know, drivers often neglect to watch out for bicyclists at best and even drive aggressively near them at worst. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk bicycle accident lawyers believe that it’s unacceptable for drivers to not treat bicyclists with respect and to be cautious when driving near them.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a bicycle accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries. You may be facing expensive medical bills that you can’t afford, and your may be disabled and unable to return to work for several weeks or even months. We’ll do everything in our power to help you maximize your chances of getting full compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.
October 1st, 2018
More and more people throughout Norfolk are using bicycles to get around town and to commute to work. They’re eco-friendly, cost almost nothing to use, and are a great way to get exercise. But they also pose dangers that aren’t as prominent when you’re traveling in an enclosed vehicle.
When you enter a public roadway on a bicycle, you’re required to follow the same traffic laws and regulations as everyone else. That means stopping at stop signs and red lights, maintaining a safe speed, and not riding while impaired or intoxicated.
But those requirements also mean you get the same rights as other motorists. And those rights apply in the aftermath of an accident—especially if the person who caused it was negligent. Don’t let the insurance company intimidate you or convince you that you don’t have a claim just because you were riding a bicycle at the time of the accident.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk bicycle accident lawyers know that bicyclists aren’t always treated fairly or given the respect and attention they deserve. We’re dedicated to standing up for the rights of bicyclists who were hurt through no fault of their own. Because bicyclists are often protected only by helmets, they frequently suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical care. To make matters worse, they’re also often too hurt to go back to work—and that means weeks or even months of lost wages.
If you or someone you love were hurt in a bicycle accident, we want to help you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Call us today for a free consultation.
August 20th, 2018
When you travel throughout Norfolk on your bicycle, you’re required to follow the same traffic laws as people in cars, trucks, and SUVs. That means stopping at stop signs and red lights, obeying the speed limit, and upholding your duty to share the road safely and responsibly with others.
Because you’re required to follow those traffic laws, you’re also granted the same rights as other motorists and people on Virginia’s streets. However, those rights may not always hold much weight when you’re hurt in an accident while you’re on your bicycle.
That’s because insurance companies don’t always take claims from bicyclists seriously—even if they suffered severe injuries. The adjusters who work for insurance companies are often biased against motorcyclists and bicyclists, and they may think your accident was your own fault, that your injuries aren’t serious, or that you didn’t adequately protect yourself.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk bicycle accident attorneys know that bicyclists are extremely vulnerable during crashes. We also know that motorists often don’t look for people traveling on two wheels, which further increases the risks that bicyclists face.
Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you or deny your claim for no good reason. Get an experienced law firm on your side that will stand up for your rights to the compensation you deserve.
Call us today for a free consultation and let us put our experience to work for you.
April 30th, 2018
Bicycle accidents can be just as traumatic, painful, and disabling as auto and motorcycle accidents.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk bicycle accident lawyers know that bicyclists face many dangers when they head out on their local streets. Drivers are conditioned to be on the lookout for other cars, trucks, and SUVs. Motorcycles are loud enough to help capture their attention, but cyclists can prove to be more of a challenge for inattentive drivers, whether they are riding on rural roads or busy city streets.
When drivers look away from the road, they may change lanes into the paths of motorcyclists, cut them off at intersections, or drift into bike lanes. All of those actions can cause bicyclists to crash, and in some cases, bicyclists are even struck directly by vehicles.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a bicycle accident, it’s important to have a legal team on your side that can help you get compensation for:
- Medical bills—Bicyclists commonly suffer broken bones and may even experience head injuries. They frequently face long paths to recovery, and they may need surgeries and physical rehabilitation. We’ll fight to help you get the money you need to get better.
- Lost wages—Any serious, painful, or debilitating injury can make it impossible to work for a prolonged period of time. We’ll calculate how much money you’ve lost due to your bicycle accident, and we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to get you full compensation.
Don’t let a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault put your family in a financial bind. Call Lowell Stanley today for a free consultation.
January 2nd, 2018
Although bicyclists typically travel on Virginia’s roads at much lower speeds than other drivers, they are extremely vulnerable when involved in accidents. Unlike people in cars, trucks, and SUVs, bicyclists have no built-in safety features to protect them during crashes. And unlike motorcyclists, they may not even have safety gear on while riding, leaving them at high risk of suffering disabling and even life-threatening injuries.
Other vehicles are one of the biggest threats that bicyclists face on the road, and two common causes of vehicle-related bicycle accidents include:
- Opening car doors – Riding in urban areas is already dangerous enough due to distractions, heavy traffic density, and impatient drivers. But opening car doors is another significant risk factor. Bicyclists should always ride near parked vehicles with extreme caution, as doors can open in their paths at any time.
- Drifting vehicles – Bike lanes are great for giving bicyclists additional room to maneuver on Virginia’s roads, but drivers don’t always respect them or even acknowledge them. Vehicles that drift into bike lanes can cause bicyclists to be pushed off the road or even clip them, causing serious accidents and injuries.
It’s vital for all bicyclists to ride defensively, always wear a helmet, and be on the lookout for common hazards, including those listed above.
If you were hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you deserve the help of an experienced legal team. Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers knows Virginia’s laws, and our Norfolk bicycle accident lawyers know how to protect your rights. Call today for a free consultation.