Veteran Cyclists Ride to Virginia Beach
America’s veterans have made a massive contribution to the nation, often paying for their service with serious injurues. This weekend, about 100 veterans arrived in Virginia Beach at the completion of a bike ride from Arlington.
The cyclists embarked on a journey of over 350 miles on Memorial Day to raise awareness for veterans.
The bicyclists were taking part in Ride 2 Recovery. Their bicycles were specially adapted to meet their needs thanks to the non-profit Project Hero.
The veterans rode for around 50 to 70 miles a day until they reached their destination.
Ride 2 Recovery is now in its 10th year. It starts in May which is National Bike Month. As part of the program, riders traveled more than 30,000 miles in 30 different states and six countries. The non-profit has modified 200 bicycles for veterans with physical disabilities and 2,500 bikes have been donated.
See this video about Ride 2 Recovery
Over the summer months, more cyclists and pedestrians are out on the highways of Hampton Roads. Programs like Ride 2 Recovery highlight the positive benefits of cycling in our area.
Unfortunately, not all drivers treat cyclists with the respect they deserve. Cities such as Virginia Beach, Hampton and Chesapeake have seen a spate of serious accidents including cyclists in recent years.
In 2015, 15 riders lost their lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia and hundreds more were injured.
We highlight the most common causes of accidents involving bicycles here on our website.
They include drivers making turns and drivers and passengers opening car doors. Many drivers fail to give cyclists enough space when they are passing them on the road.
If you are a cyclist who has been injured in a crash involving another vehicle, you should take a few steps to safeguard a potential legal case.
1 Don’t Repair
If you are planning to file a lawsuit, don’t repair your damaged bicycle before you talk to an injury lawyer. You should take photographs after the accident, but the lawyer may want to take his photographs.
The lawyer will likely want you to retain your bike in a damaged state while your case is pending.
2 Safeguard your Bike
Keep your bike in a secure place and lock it up. Make sure it’s protected from the elements. Always keep it in your control in case the defense tries to claim someone else had access to it and damaged it.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident, please call the dedicated cycling accident attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.