West Virginia Bicycle Accidents Attorneys
At Jan Dils Attorneys at Law, we work to help you by seeking to recover the most possible compensation for your losses. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as others with whom they share the road. When accidents happen, investigating officers may not be trained in appropriate ways to investigate bicycle accidents. There are many factors that can contribute to the cause of bicycle crashes, including all of the following:
- The clothing worn by the cyclist
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions and surface material
- Width of lanes
- Whether the cyclist was riding on a sidewalk or in a bicycle lane
- Braking distance for both the bicycle and the involved vehicles
- Speed of the cycle and any vehicle just prior to the collision
- Road curvature
- Driver distraction
- And others
In evaluating liability we may assess all of these types of factors. If we need to do so, we may also hire a reconstruction expert in order to figure out exactly what happened both just before the crash as well as who bore primary responsibility for its cause. This may help us with negotiating with insurance companies and obtaining fair settlements for our injured clients.
Bicycle crash liability issues
It is common in collisions involving bicycles for insurance companies to try to blame the cyclists for causing their own accidents. Law enforcement officers are also more prone to make mistakes in reports about bicycle crashes by omitting some of the important environmental factors that may have contributed. Because we understand that insurance companies may try to dispute the liability of their insureds, we work hard from the start to fully investigate the scenes and to reconstruct the collisions. We can then use this information in order to clearly show the insurance companies what happened while proving you deserve to be compensated.