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Alexandria, VA 22311
Accidents between motor vehicles and bicyclists can be particularly dangerous, even if you’re wearing helmet. You’re only on two wheels, and there’s little stability when you come into contact with another object. There’s no metal skeleton around you to protect you either. Serious brain, neck and back injuries are common. Shatter fractures to the pelvis, legs and arms often result in permanent disability and disfigurement. Some bicyclist are even killed.
Right turn on red rules
You believe you had the right-of-way when you were riding your bike. You were using due care and caution for the safety of your person and property, and a driver making a right turn on red crashed into you. You were severely injured. As long as there’s no sign prohibiting a right turn on red at an intersection, a motorist is permitted to make that turn if they first come to a complete stop and cautiously enter the intersection to complete the turn. At the Kamerow Law Firm, we’ve seen this before.
The law of contributory negligence
A major issue in your case is whether any negligence in the accident can be attributable to you. In Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, even if you were only 2 percent at fault for the accident, you can be denied any compensation at all, notwithstanding the fact that the motorist was 98 percent at fault. That’s the law of pure contributory negligence. You may have thought you were using due care and caution, but a jury might not agree with you.
Twisting the facts
The harsh law of contributory negligence operates in favor of the giant insurance companies that insure drivers. They’ll do whatever they can to cloud the facts of the case to try and shift at least some of the blame over onto you. At the Kamerow Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience representing victims who were injured by the negligence of others. We’re compassionate, knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive.
Although insurers continue to raise the contributory negligence defense, we’ve maintained an extremely high success rate over the years. That’s because we recognize our professional responsibilities and work tirelessly for our clients. Contact us today if you or somebody close to you has been injured due to the negligence of another person. We’ll give you a free consultation and case evaluation. We work in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. You deserve fair compensation for your injuries. To schedule a consultation call 703-370-8088.