Have you or someone you know been in an accident with an automobile while riding a bicycle? There are details involving the location and flow of traffic which can affect whether you have a case in this situation, and it may be different from what you might expect. A previous case involving such an incident clearly illustrated the rules of the road, how and when they apply, and the resulting options to make a claim.
Our client was riding her bicycle on the side of the roadway, in the direction against oncoming traffic. The driver of one such oncoming vehicle was not paying attention as the vehicle before him stopped for traffic, and this driver swerved right to miss that vehicle, then crashing head-on into our client, who suffered significant injuries. Her leg was split from thigh to ankle, resulting in major loss of blood that the paramedics considered life-threatening. Fortunately, she recovered, but her leg was seriously deformed from the accident.
The insurance company for the driver that hit our bicyclist client denied her case, and after she hired her first lawyer they denied her again. That lawyer then referred the case to us. The rules of the road state the bicyclist must ride her bike with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic signs and lane markings just like an automobile when riding in the roadway. However, the client was not riding her bicycle in the roadway; she was riding her bike in the grassy area on the side of the roadway, meaning that law does not apply to her. When riding on the side of the roadway she is treated the same as a pedestrian, meaning she can walk or ride in either direction.
From the location of the debris and eyewitness testimony, we were able to prove our client was on the side of the roadway, and the insurance company then had to settle the case for the full policy limits of the defendant’s insurance coverage. Hiring an experienced attorney knowledgeable in bicycle accident law made the difference between our client getting full compensation or having her case denied following her life-changing injuries. Watch the video to learn more.
If you have additional questions about accidents involving bicycles and automobiles, I want you to call me at (888) 487-8546. I welcome your call. Visit our educational website at www.kalfusnachman.com/videos for more videos and media content from our law firm.
My client was riding her bicycle against the flow of traffic when she was hit by a car and badly injured. Did she have a case? Hi, I'm Paul Hernandez, attorney at Kalfus and Nachman, litigating cases in Virginia and North Carolina.
My client was riding her bicycle on the side of the roadway, minding her own business. A driver of a car coming towards her was not paying attention when the vehicle in front of him stopped for traffic. Instead of the driver crashing into that stopped car, he darted to the right and crashed head-on into my client causing significant injuries. As you can imagine, this was a serious accident. My client's leg was split open from her upper thigh all the way down to her ankle. The paramedics were worried that she would not make it because of the major loss of blood. Fortunately, she recovered. However, her leg was seriously deformed.