Cycling is Highlighted in National Bike Month in Virginia

May is National Bike Month. During the month, the League of American Bicyclists highlights the benefits of cycling. As personal injury lawyers who represent injured cyclists, we are also aware of many of the dangers facing those on two wheels. We are strong supporters of National Bike Month in Virginia.

National Bike Month is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. It was established in 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more people to get on two wheels.

In the decades since 1956, we have seen massive changes in cycling. The pursuit has become more popular and cities such as Norfolk have built new dedicated cycling paths. More people cycle to work.

National Bike to Work Week was held today. You can find out more about it here.

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Although cities have created more cycling paths, many car drivers still fail to treat those on two wheels with the respect they deserve. Virginia has laws about giving space to cyclists.

Every year, we see cyclists seriously injured or killed in Hampton Roads. For instance, in Chesapeake in 2014, a rider was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer.

Although cyclists have seen improvements in the cities of Hampton Roads, these busy urban areas have many highways that are unfriendly to those on two wheels.

In past years, cyclists have been deliberately targeted by motorists in cities like Virginia Beach.

However, the number of deaths and injuries caused to cyclists is small compared to the toll inflicted on motorcyclists. Fewer cyclists are killed every year in Virginia than pedestrians. However, one cyclist death is one too many.

In 2015, for example, 15 cyclists were killed in Virginia, amounting to 2 percent of fall deaths in the Commonwealth, and 661 bicyclists were injured, according to statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDOT).

The most common causes of cycling crashes in Virginia are detailed here on our website.

They include car drivers who fail to notice cyclists while making left turn, drivers and passengers who open car doors, drivers who pass to closely and accidents when cyclists are traveling in the wrong direction.

If you are on a bike and you are failing to obey the rules of the road, you are unlikely to be able to make a claim for damages in a personal injury case.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we are passionate about the rights of cyclists. If you have been injured in a cycling accident, please call our experienced team for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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