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Bicycle Accident Attorney in Roanoke

Some of the worst vehicle crashes on the road are the ones that involve bicyclists. Without the structural protections of a vehicle’s frame, bicyclists are left virtually unprotected in a crash. If you’ve been injured while riding a bicycle in Virginia, or if you have lost a loved one who was killed by a negligent driver, you should learn about your right to compensation.

At the Lichtenstein Law Group, PLC, our skilled team of Virginia bicycle accident lawyers has almost 100 years of combined legal experience. Our dedicated Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group have proven themselves in and out of the courtroom, fighting aggressively for clients every step of the way. We understand that a looming civil lawsuit can weigh heavy on our clients’ minds, and we want to take that pressure off you. You should know that when our team is working on your case, it has our full and undivided attention.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, and let us answer any questions you have about a bicycle accident injury claim. Our law firm will not charge anything to begin work on your case, and you won’t owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you.

How Bicycle Accident Claims Can Be Complicated.

Bicycle accidents are different from traditional motor vehicle crashes in a number of ways. In particular, bicycle injury claims can be uniquely challenging due to:

Severe and Costly Injuries

When a motor vehicle crashes into a bicyclist, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. Even low-impact crashes can be devastating. Common types of bike accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Fractures
  • Punctured lungs
  • Heavy bleeding (including internal bleeding)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Crushing traumas
  • Death

These injuries can be extremely expensive to treat, but insurance companies will fight tooth and nail to keep their payouts as low as possible.

No Witnesses

Many times, cars hit bicyclists in places where there may be no witnesses. Although it would be the right thing to do for at-fault drivers to admitted their conduct, usually the driver will lie or deny fault if there are no witnesses to say otherwise.

Hit-and-Runs

Drivers often worry that they will be in serious trouble for hitting a bicyclist. Instead of sticking around to help, they may flee the scene, leaving no witnesses and little to no evidence.

In these cases, there may be ways to track down the hit-and-run driver. If not, you may still be able to collect compensation from your own insurance company, depending on what coverage you carry.

Fault in Dispute

Sadly, people are not always honest. Negligent drivers will deny that they were at fault for the accident. It can require a lot of hard work, evidence, and creativity to prove liability, especially when the case involves a dispute over who is at fault.

How Our Roanoke Bicycle Accident Attorney Can Help.Lichtenstein Law Group PLC

With a long track record of success in helping bicyclists recover fair compensation after serious crashes, our legal team can handle every aspect of your legal claim.

Investigation

The first step after your free consultation with Lichtenstein Law Group will be the investigation. Our firm will immediately begin gathering crucial evidence to preserve your case. This may include:

  • Police crash report
  • Medical records
  • Witness statements
  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Police dash cam video
  • EMS reports
  • Accident reconstruction reports

Experts and Medical Review

We will carefully follow the progress of your medical treatment and recovery. We will work to gather your medical records and may at times consult with renowned medical experts and specialists who can help to support your injury claim.

Settlement Negotiations

You should never have to deal with experienced insurance adjusters alone. These are highly trained negotiators who know how to get people to say things or do things to hurt their own case. Let us do the negotiating so you can get back to your recovery.

Trial

If the insurance company won’t pay what you deserve, we can take your case to court and argue your case at trial. A bicycle accident lawyer from our firm will present a persuasive case to a jury, arguing for the justice you deserve. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our litigators are widely respected for our courtroom skills.

Types of Compensation in a Bicycle Accident Claim.

After a serious bike accident in Virginia, you may be able to recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including those you are expected to face in the future related to your injury
  • Lost income/wages
  • Reduced ability to earn wages in the future
  • Permanent disfigurement or disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of society (if a loved one is tragically injured)
  • Wrongful death benefits (funeral and burial expenses and loss of financial support)

An insurance adjuster may approach you shortly after an accident to offer a fast settlement for your damages. Do not accept any offer or agree to anything without having your own personal injury attorney review it.

What to Do if You’ve Been Hurt in a Bike Accident.

If you have been seriously hurt in a crash, the things you do in the hours and days after the accident can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Here are some tips to preserve your rights and build the strongest case possible:

  1. Call the police. The moment you are injured, make sure the police are called. If you are unable, ask someone else to do so. NeverLitigation Lawyer assume you are doing fine and let the at-fault driver leave the scene without reporting to the police. Remember, it’s not a crime to get into a crash, so unless the driver is breaking the law (drunk, on drugs, etc.), there is no reason to not to call the police.  When the police arrive, a crash report will be generated, and this will help support and preserve the facts of your case. Without this official record, it is hard (but not impossible) to prove a case.
  2. Get emergency medical attention. The second thing to do is get medical care. This is another reason for calling 911. Emergency medical providers will assess you to determine the extent of your injuries. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it can be to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident.
  3. Gather Information about the Scene
  4. Take Photos: Take photos of the vehicles, your bike, and your injuries, or ask someone else to do it. Also write down the name and contact information for the driver, as well as any witnesses. This will help as your attorney launches an investigation.
  5. Call an experienced bicycle accident lawyer. Don’t wait months to call a lawyer. You can bet the driver’s insurance company will immediately jump into action looking for any possible option for denying liability. You should have someone on your side from day one.
  6. Don’t sign anything or talk to the insurance company. Never sign anything or speak to insurance adjusters without first talking to your own bicycle accident attorney.
  7. Stay off social media until your case is over. Many cases have been ruined by clients posting otherwise harmless but damning information on social media. Something as simple as a vacation picture taken months after your crash can be taken out of context and used to make a jury think you are exaggerating your injuries.

Contact an Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney Today.

When you’ve suffered injuries in a bicycle crash, you need aggressive and skilled representation. Trust the Virginia bicycle accident attorneys of Lichtenstein Law Group to fight for the compensation you deserve.

With law offices in Roanoke and Charlottesville, our dedicated attorneys are available to help clients throughout the Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Valley, and across Virginia. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.