If you or your loved one were injured in a bicycle accident in Washington DC, consider speaking with a Regan Zambri Long bicycle accident attorney. The firm, which operates in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland, offers a free consultation to prospective clients. The lawyers are nationally recognized experts in DC laws, courts, and various insurance policies.
Call today to speak with an experienced bike accident lawyer who can guide you through the claims process to ensure you secure fair compensation for your injuries and move you toward financial recovery following the bicycle accident.
If you suffered injuries in a bike accident the attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC can help you take legal action. Below are a sample of some of the verdicts and settlements we have achieved on behalf of our clients.
Bicycling in Washington DC is a great way to avoid city traffic, stay fit, and reduce pollution in the environment. Nearly 5% of DC’s commuters now travel to work via bicycles. The District’s bikeshare program was founded in 2008 and now partners with Lyft to allow more cyclists to occupy the DC roadways. Washington DC is still trying to play catch up to the boom of bicycling as a main method of transportation. While lawmakers are working to make DC’s infrastructure safer for cyclists, it can still be quite dangerous to bike throughout the city. According to Vision Zero, more than 25% of all roadway deaths in DC are people walking or biking.
Accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. However, many bicycle accidents that happen on the road are due to the negligence of vehicle drivers. With the increasing number of bicycles in Washington DC, the number of ways a cyclist can be involved in a bike accident increases, as well.
The most common causes of bicycle accidents in Washington DC are:
Call an experienced bicycle accident attorney today at (202) 960-4596 to schedule your free case evaluation.
Being involved in a bike accident is extremely dangerous for the cyclist, as they do not have any protection around them to absorb the impact of the bicycle crash. For this reason, cyclists suffer bicycle injuries that can have devastating, life-threatening, and potentially permanently debilitating effects.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury that disrupts normal brain function and is the direct result of a violent blow, bump, or jolt to the head. When TBIs cause hemorrhages, edema (swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in the body), vascular damage, or intracranial pressure, it can leave the victim permanently debilitated or even cause death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 596,972 emergency room visits for bicycle-related TBIs occurred in the United States from 2009-2018.
The symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are:
The safest thing a cyclist can do is wear a helmet. Though helmets cannot prevent all traumatic brain injuries, it will help reduce the risk of brain trauma. If you suffered a traumatic brain injury, consider reaching out to the seasoned Regan Zambri Long bicycle accident attorneys who have years of experience in bicycle accidents that result in TBIs.
Concussions are a lesser, but still extremely serious form of a traumatic brain injury. This type of trauma is categorized as a minor blow to the head that could result in loss of consciousness and leave bicycle accident victims with cognitive symptoms for weeks or months following the accident. Some people experience a complication called post-concussion syndrome, which can negatively affect the victim’s life in a significant way for months after the accident. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome are:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Without the protection of a vehicle around the cyclist, the impact of the crash can cause serious neck and spinal cord injuries. Bicycle accident victims may have partial spinal cord injuries, which can improve over time. However, the bicyclist may never regain complete sensation or function again. Other spinal cord injuries can cause complete paralysis. Extensive rehabilitation or long-term care may be needed for spinal cord injury victims. A Regan Zambri Long bicycle accident attorney will work to ensure expenses from medical treatment, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and long-term care are properly compensated.
A bicyclist can suffer broken bones from the impact of the car hitting him or her directly. The rider can also be thrown from the bike, or over the handlebars and suffer fractures and broken bones from hitting the ground. Over 30% of emergency room visits from bicycle accidents were for fractures, sprains, or strains in 2013. If the break is severe enough, the victim will need surgery, followed by rehabilitation or physical therapy, which is extremely costly.
Nerve, Muscle, Tissue Damage
Victims of bicycle accidents can suffer lacerations from making contact with the ground, or being hit with vehicle debris from the accident. Lacerations can be mild scratches, but can also be deep cuts, causing infection that damages muscle tissue and tendons. Deep lacerations can sever nerves and blood vessels.
Degloving injuries are extremely severe. They occur when the top layers of skin and tissue are ripped from the muscle, connective tissue, or bone. They are often life-threatening injuries and can lead to permanent disfigurement.
In the worst cases, cycling injuries may be serious enough to cause the victim to die. Most bicycling deaths occur when the motorist hits the cyclist at high speeds. The bicycle accident lawyers at Regan Zambri Long deeply understand the pain their clients feel when they suddenly have to cope with the unexpected loss of a loved one. Not only do they have to go through a grieving process, but many times, they have to figure out how to pay bills and live on one less income.
Patrick Regan, a partner at the firm, says “…clients, no matter how much anyone likes you, they don’t want to be your client for one minute longer than necessary.” The Regan Zambri Long bicycle accident attorneys will work tirelessly to secure financial compensation for the loss of your loved one so you can focus on getting your life back to a new normal as soon as possible.
Distracted driving has become so common in the United States we, as drivers, barely notice our sole focus is not always on the road. In 2018, 1 in every 5 people killed by distracted driving were not in vehicles – they were walking, or riding a bicycle. Across the United States, over 400,000 people were injured due to an accident caused by distracted driving. The results of taking your focus off the road can be deadly – especially to a cyclist.
There are three types of distracted driving:
These distractions are when you move your hands away from the wheel to do something else. This could be eating or putting makeup on while you’re behind the wheel.
This is when you focus your eyes away from the road. This can happen when you’re speaking to a passenger in the car, either in the front or backseats.
This type of distraction occurs when your mind wanders from the task of driving.
The use of your cell phone, whether it’s reading or sending a text message, checking email, or making a phone call, combines all three types of distracted driving. There are strict laws in Washington DC preventing residents from using cell phones while driving, but unfortunately, that doesn’t stop the many drivers.
Washington DC has seen an uptick in distracted riding by cyclists, as well. The National Institute of Health conducted a study that found 31% of cyclists were distracted while riding. While a bicycle cannot do as much damage as a regular motor vehicle, cyclists need to make sure their focus is entirely on the road in case drivers are not. Many accidents can be avoided if the cyclist pays attention and can anticipate what a motor vehicle operator may do.
If you or your loved one are bicycle accident victims and suspect it was the result of distracted driving, call Regan Zambri Long today for a free consultation. Distracted driving is illegal in Washington DC and the attorneys at Regan Zambri Long will make sure the party at fault for the bicycle accident is held responsible.
A: In order to determine who is liable for a bicycle accident, a thorough investigation of the accident scene, accident report, and discussion with witnesses needs to happen. A Regan Zambri Long bicycle accident lawyer will be able to collect all relevant information pertaining to your bicycle accident case and determine the negligent party. It is important to note that Washington DC is one of the five jurisdictions that still practice Contributor Negligence laws. This means if you are found to be at all responsible, even partially, for the accident, then you cannot collect compensation. Call Regan Zambri Long today for a free case evaluation and an experienced attorney will be able to help you determine the party at fault.
A: Both cyclists and vehicle drivers play a role in the prevention of bicycle accidents while traveling the DC roadways.
A: Protective cycling gear can greatly reduce injury to the bicyclist in the event of an accident. There are two main types of gear – one that the cyclist can wear and one that can be added to the bike.