Our Answers To Frequent Bicycle Accident Questions
For many of us, riding our bike is a relaxing and leisurely activity. When an accident occurs, you could be facing serious injuries. Becker, Kellogg & Berry, P.C., has worked with clients throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Depending on your case, you may be eligible for compensation. Our attorneys are committed to fighting for the best possible solution. After reading the frequently asked questions below, call our office to discuss your case by calling 703-962-1829 today. You can also fill out our contact form.
Q: Will car insurance cover my injuries?
A: Yes. If the negligent party was driving a car, their insurance can pay for your medical expenses. Even if you are found partially responsible, your own car insurance will cover the cost of their expenses as well.
Q: Are helmets required?
A: While it is the best way to protect yourself, it depends on your age. In Washington, D.C., if you are under the age of 16, you must wear a helmet. For both Maryland and Virginia, it depends on the county you live in.
Q: Do I have the same rights as a car?
A: Yes; however, this also means that you have the same responsibilities. It is your job to obey all traffic signals and obey the law.
Q: How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
A: In Maryland and Washington, D.C., the statute of limitations is three years from the date of your accident. In Virginia, it is two years. While this is a firm rule, there are certain exceptions. For example, if the bicycle driver is under the age of 18, the statute of limitations can be changed to the date of their 18th birthday.