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Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA Bicycle Accident Lawyer

The Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News region is popular with bicyclists but experiences a growing number of injury accidents

According to Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, in 2012, 726 lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes nationally, just under two people every day of the year in the U.S. The death rate from bicycle crashes is high due to the relative lack of protection bicyclists have in an impact with a motor vehicle.

Despite safety improvements, bicycle accidents are common in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News

Virginia traffic-safety laws are designed to allow bicyclists to share the road safely with motor vehicles in an increasingly crowded space.

According to the State of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles:

Bicyclists:

  • Are entitled to share the road with motor vehicles.
  • Have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle and motorcycle drivers.
  • Must obey all traffic signals and stop signs.
  • Are lawfully permitted to ride on certain sections of roadway in rural areas where there is no alternate route.
  • Must ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it.

Get information on bicycle crashes from the region's police departments

The law enforcement agencies in the area offer information on accidents. They include:

Norfolk Police Department;

Portsmouth Police Department;

Newport News Police Department;

Virginia State Police.

These departments are a good resource to get information after a bicycle crash.

Virginia bicycle crashes have common causes and deadly outcomes

While helmets and proper reflective gear make bicycling safer, riding a bicycle is riskier than driving a car. Maintaining control is more difficult on two wheels, and when collisions happen, bicyclists are at greater risk of serious injury or death because they don't have an enclosed vehicle for protection.

Common causes of bicycle crashes include:

  • Motorist turning across path of cyclist;
  • Cyclist riding into the path of a motor vehicle;
  • Cyclist turning right from a major road and from a minor road;
  • Child cyclist playing or riding too fast.

When someone is injured in a bicycle accident in Norfolk, Portsmouth, or Newport News, what needs to happen next?

In an injury bike crash, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospitals in the area include:

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital;

Sentara Leigh Hospital;

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center;

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth;

Riverside Regional Medical Center.

As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy. Since insurance policies often have unique provisions to deal with bicycle-accident injuries, it is important to review the policy and speak with the insurance adjuster to get clarification on coverage.

Personal injury lawyers offer a no-cost claim evaluation to help you.

Since there is no cost to speak with a lawyer, it is a good idea to learn more about your potential claim. Accident Data Center can connect you with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can provide you with information about your rights and options. 

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Bicycle Accident Reports and News from the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA Area