Bicycle Accident

Don’t Be Unfairly Blamed After a Bicycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | October 25th, 2021

Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable on Virginia’s roadways. When they get hit by vehicles, they often suffer debilitating injuries. But because Virginia is a contributory negligence state, some bicyclists are unable to pursue compensation claims because they’re ruled to be partially at fault for their accidents.

Contributory negligence states rule that people who are even one percent at fault for their injuries and accidents can’t get compensation for them. Most states have comparative negligence statutes, which allow people to get compensation provided they aren’t more than 50% at fault.

Because Virginia is a contributory negligence state, it’s common for at-fault drivers and their insurers to claim others had at least a small degree of fault—including bicyclists. And because many bicyclists are seriously injured after accidents, they often aren’t in a position to defend themselves or prove otherwise, which means they’re forever locked out of getting compensation.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know how unfair this system can be to people who are wrongly blamed for accidents that weren’t their fault. Bicyclists may be blamed for failing to signal, speeding, failing to come to a complete stop, or turning into the path of a vehicle. And unfortunately, many police officers and insurance companies have negative views of bicyclists and assume they’re reckless and caused their own accidents.

If you’re being unfairly blamed, contact our Virginia bicycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll work hard to protect your rights to full compensation.

Bicyclists Have Rights on Virginia’s Roads—Especially After Accidents

by Staff Blogger | August 9th, 2021

If you ride your bike on public roads near traffic, you already know that there are many perks—and many downsides—to getting around town this way. It’s an extremely low-cost form of transportation, and it provides plenty of fresh air and exercise. But it also puts you at an extreme risk of serious injuries if you’re involved in a crash.

Unfortunately, many bicyclists fail to pursue compensation after accidents that weren’t their fault. That’s because they may not realize that they have the right to do so under Virginia law. Bicyclists in our state are required to obey all traffic laws, including driving at or below the speed limit, stopping at stop signs, and maintaining a lane, but that also means they can sue drivers whose negligence injures them.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident lawyers have helped many injured cyclists get the money they need for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We’ve seen the devastation that bicycle accidents can cause in riders, and many are left disabled, facing huge medical bills, and unable to enjoy their hobbies and time with loved ones.

Don’t miss out on the money you’re owed after a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll work hard to get you every penny you’re owed, so you can work towards putting your life back together as best you can.

The 5 Biggest Risks Bicyclists Face in Virginia

by Staff Blogger | May 3rd, 2021

Riding a bicycle means exercise, fresh air, and NO visits to the gas station! There are plenty of perks to riding a bicycle, whether it’s for fun or to get around town, but there’s also a huge drawback: safety. When you share the road with big cars, trucks, and SUVs, you’re at significant risk of suffering a serious injury.

Avoiding a painful, disabling, and potentially life-threatening crash is all about riding as cautiously and defensively as possible. And doing so requires knowing the biggest threats you face on Virginia’s roads, which include:

  1. Intersections—Intersections are extremely dangerous for bicyclists, especially when drivers run red lights, don’t stop at stop signs, or turn right into the paths of bicyclists.
  2. Impatient drivers—Bike lanes allow riders a chance to share the road without slowing down traffic, but when they don’t exist, drivers may get impatient and dangerously overtake cyclists.
  3. Distracted drivers—Drivers must give the road their full focus and attention, but many drivers are distracted. Drivers who aren’t paying attention can drift into bicyclists.
  4. Vehicle doors—Cyclists who ride through downtown or urban areas often ride near parked vehicles. Open car doors are a huge threat to bicyclists and they must always be accounted for.
  5. Slick and uneven roads—The road surface can put cyclists at risk, especially when they ride over potholes, loose gravel, and wet leaves. Riders must always scan the road ahead for hazards.

When cyclists are injured because others were negligent, we work hard to help them get full compensation. Contact the Virginia bicycle accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

We Help Injured Bicyclists Get the Money They’re Owed

by Staff Blogger | March 1st, 2021

Spring is almost here, and that means more days to enjoy your bicycle. Whether you use one to commute to work, or you just enjoy cruising around town and enjoying the pleasant weather, safety should always be your biggest priority.

Unfortunately, not all drivers are committed to safety, especially when it comes to sharing the road with bicyclists. To many drivers, bicyclists are little more than traffic-slowing nuisances, especially on roads without dedicated bike lanes. They often unknowingly put bicyclists’ lives at risk by recklessly passing them, drifting towards them, or cutting them off.

You can’t always trust drivers to be safe and attentive when they’re near you. And if you’re struck by a vehicle while you’re riding, it’s important to know that you’ve got an experienced legal team on your side that’s just a phone call away.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident lawyers know that bicyclists have all of the same rights as other motorists, and when they’re injured because of negligence, they deserve a chance to pursue compensation. When bicyclists are struck by vehicles, they often suffer severe injuries, including broken bones,

Those injuries often mean weeks or months out of work and expensive medical bills that you may be unable to afford. Filing a compensation claim against the at-fault driver is an important way for injured bicyclists to get the money they need to recover and move forward with their lives. But convincing the at-fault driver’s insurance company to pay can be difficult, and that’s where we come in.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll work hard to help you get the money you’re owed.

Watch for Road Hazards While Cycling This Winter

by Staff Blogger | December 7th, 2020

Riding a bike is great for exercise, but it can be much more dangerous than driving a vehicle. That’s because bicyclists’ only protection is the safety gear they wear. And for most adults, that amounts to a helmet—if that.

Although the biggest risk factor that bicyclists face in Virginia is inattentive drivers, another major risk factor is present during winter: icy roads, fallen tree limbs, and potholes. Here’s how these hazards can put bicyclists at risk of serious accidents and injuries:

  • Ice—Ice is the natural enemy of anyone using a roadway. It causes tires to lose their grip and brakes to lose their effectiveness. As a bicyclist, you’re better able to spot ice than people in vehicles, so take advantage of that by always scanning the road ahead.
  • Fallen limbs—Winter weather often causes downed limbs, especially after heavy snowfall and ice accumulation. Even small branches and sticks can cause bicyclists to take painful spills onto the road. When swerving to avoid downed limbs, check to ensure the road or adjacent lane is clear.
  • Potholes—When water gets into small cracks in the pavement and freezes, it expands and can cause the pavement to break apart. That results in potholes. These hazards are dangerous for everyone, including drivers, motorcyclists, and bicyclists, who can flip over the handlebars if their front tires enter them.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our job to help injured Virginia bicyclists get the compensation they’re owed when they’re hurt because of others’ negligence—even if that negligence is on the part of governmental agencies or road crews. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We’ll Help You Pursue Full Compensation After a Bike Accident

by Staff Blogger | September 14th, 2020

Bicyclists rarely get the respect and space they deserve on Virginia’s roadways. Every time they ride, bicyclists must be intensely focused on the dangers around them—particularly other drivers. Are those drivers looking out for them or even aware of their presence? When they aren’t, serious accidents can occur.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident attorneys believe bicyclists who get struck and injured by negligent motorists should never have to pay for their own bills out of pocket. Instead, that money should come from the negligent drivers or their insurance providers.

Unfortunately, we know that many bicyclists are reluctant to file compensation claims, or they may even be unaware that they’re eligible to do so. But bicyclists have just as many rights as other motorists on Virginia’s roads, provided they’re legally allowed to ride on them (i.e., roads and streets that aren’t considered major highways and interstates).

It’s our job to protect those rights and to hold the negligent parties responsible. If you or someone you love was hurt in a bicycle accident, the expenses you incur could be extremely costly and even put you at risk of financial ruin, especially if you are too hurt to work. Don’t be a victim twice—get our law firm on your side today.

We have decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims, and we know what it takes to win claims like yours. Call us now—we’re ready to put our experience to work for your family.

Our Lawyers Can Protect You After a Bicycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 6th, 2020

If you regularly ride your bicycle on Virginia’s roads, you know that drivers aren’t always courteous or even concerned about your safety. In fact, you may feel like you’re being bullied or pushed out of your lane and even off the road at times. Unfortunately, that treatment can continue even if you get struck by a vehicle driven by a negligent driver.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident attorneys have seen many cases where bicyclists get seriously hurt through no fault of their own, only to be blamed for their own accidents! Drivers and their insurance companies frequently place blame back on innocent bicyclists, and it can be difficult for cyclists to be taken seriously when they pursue compensation, even when they suffered serious injuries.

Don’t let this happen to you after a bicycle accident. It’s important to approach your pursuit of compensation with the expectation of not being taken seriously and even having your claim denied by the other driver’s insurer. That’s where we come in. Our legal team has decades of experience assisting innocent victims, and we know what it takes to build claims that get attention, respect, and results.

You shouldn’t be “punished” for riding a bike, especially when the accident wasn’t your fault. But that’s reality for far too many bicyclists in Virginia. We want to ensure it doesn’t happen to you. When you contact us, we’ll work hard to ensure your claim is heard and your needs are met after the crash. Call today for a free consultation.

It’s Important to Pursue Compensation after a Bicycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | April 6th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has the U.S. and most of the world in lockdown mode for the foreseeable future. While many public places are closed, you can still get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather for exercise and fresh air—provided you respect social distancing guidelines, of course. For many people, that means peddling around their neighborhoods on their bicycles.

If you plan on taking your bike out for a spin, it’s important to remain safety-conscious throughout your ride. And if you’re involved in an accident that causes you to suffer injuries, it’s equally important to consider your rights to compensation. Bicycle accidents can seriously injure riders. Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, concussions, and even life-threatening head injuries are all common in riders who were struck by vehicles.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident attorneys know that many cyclists are hesitant to file compensation claims after injuries. They may feel like they were partially or fully responsible for their own crashes, especially when they were riding on public roads. But bicyclists have just as many rights as motorists on all roads except interstates and some major highways. That means that after accidents, they’re entitled to pursue compensation.

When you contact us, we’ll collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault. Then, we’ll calculate how much money you’re owed for your injuries. Finally, we’ll demand the insurance company you what you deserve, and if they won’t, we won’t hesitate to take them to trial. Contact us today for a free consultation—we’re ready to help.

Bicycle Accident Injuries Are Serious, Painful, and Disabling

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Don’t Miss Out on Compensation After a Bicycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | 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.