When vehicles collide, injuries are common. But when a vehicle strikes a cyclist, severe injuries and even fatalities often occur. This is because cyclists are largely unprotected from injury. Although a helmet can protect your head and neck, your body is still completely exposed. Broken bones, spinal column injuries, and soft tissue damage can occur. If you or a family member have been hurt in a West Virginia bike accident, contact the Law Firm of Kass & Moses today.
We chose to dedicate our careers to representing cyclists because we ride, too. We embrace the lifestyle, and one of our attorneys is a qualified safety instructor. Since we are active cyclists, we know that, far too often, cyclists are taken advantage of under the law. General road safety laws do not do enough to protect the rights of cyclists. And, when crashes occur, the law can be skewed in favor of motorists. That is why we recommend that all injured cyclists contact us as soon as possible after a crash.
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Nationwide, only 50.7 percent of cyclists involved in crashes were wearing a helmet at the time of impact. Although children under 15 years of age are required to wear a bicycle helmet in West Virginia, there is no requirement for adults. This means that adults often ride without a helmet, leaving them exposed. When a crash occurs, it is not uncommon for the head to strike the pavement or other surface. This impact can cause a tremendous, even life-threatening head injury. Even though the law does not mandate bicycle helmets, we recommend all cyclists wear them.
With over 27 years of experience representing injured cyclists, our team has seen the results of many crashes. We have worked with people who have been hurt, those who have suffered permanent disability, and even those who have lost a loved one to a bicycle crash. We know that this can be a difficult time. We will work by your side, keeping you informed each step of the way as we fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.
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West Virginia Bicycle Law
Requirements for legally riding a bicycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of West Virginia’s bicycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- Children 15 years of age or younger are required to wear an approved helmet when riding a bicycle.
- In general, bicycles are allowed on sidewalks throughout the state of West Virginia.
- Cyclists are permitted to ride two abreast in a single lane.
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