Many accidents involving cars and bicycles are caused by drivers who fail to yield the right of way to the person on the bike. Unfortunately, regardless of who was at fault, it is always the bicyclist who pays the price.
At The Law Firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC, in Charleston, our lawyers have decades of experience protecting the rights of bicyclists and pedestrians who are injured in accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car-bike accident in West Virginia, contact us for a free initial consultation.
Who Was At Fault?
Many drivers try to shift the blame to bicyclists when there is an accident. It often takes a lawyer's help to hold negligent drivers and their insurance companies financially responsible for the damage they cause.
As a bicyclist in West Virginia, you have the same right to be on the road as people who drive cars and trucks. You need to follow the rules of the road, such as riding in the same direction as traffic, as close to the right side of the roadway as possible except when passing a parked car or turning left.
Here are examples of times when the driver of the car may be at fault:
- Failure to yield to a bike at an intersection
- Clipping a bike when passing
- Striking a bike in a bike lane
- Rear-ending a stopped bike at an intersection
It's important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Otherwise, the evidence you need to prove the other driver was negligent can go missing.