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By identifying every contributing cause of your bicycle accident, your attorney unlocks all of the avenues toward fair compensation. The higher your settlement amount, the more access you have to specialist medical care, financial security, and a dignified future.

 

Determining the cause of your bicycle accident is an important part of recovering appropriate damages for your injuries. Whether your crash was caused by the negligence or recklessness of a driver, unsafe roads, or a combination of both, it is important to hold all responsible parties accountable. 

The Smith Law Center is headquartered in Virginia, and predominantly serves the surrounding areas of West Virginia, D.C., and North and South Carolina. We also handle cases with nationwide reach, and have achieved billions of dollars in recovery for our clients and their families.

Our attorneys know what is required to prove the cause of a bicycle accident in court. When you entrust The Smith Law Center with your case, you have proven experience on your side. Contact us at (757) 244-7000 — let us gather the physical evidence, testimonies, and expert witnesses needed to show the cause of your accident. By doing so, we maximize your potential compensation, and help identify dangerous actors or circumstances for the good of your entire community.

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What Is the Main Cause of Bicycle Accidents?

Bicycle accidents that involve cars, trucks, or other automobiles share many of the same causes as car-to-car accidents. Distracted driving is a predominant factor, as are driver intoxication and driver exhaustion. According to a survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top six most common causes of bicycle accidents and injury were:

  • Collision with a car — 29%
  • Falls from the bike — 17%
  • Poor roadway/walkway conditions — 13%
  • Rider error or inattention — 13%
  • Crashes with a fixed object — 7%
  • Dog ran out — 4%

While there are numerous types of bike crashes and accidents, the most frequent cause (collision with a car) is also the most deadly and damaging. The disparities between a car and a bike in the categories of weight, speed, and crash resistance are overwhelming. When the human body is impacted by a moving vehicle, the immediate results can be life-altering or life-ending injuries. One split-second crash can wreck a person’s future, or rob a family of their loved one.

If your bicycle accident causes serious harm or injury, you likely need resources for medical treatment, repayment for lost work, and fair compensation for your pain and suffering. A personal injury lawsuit may be your only opportunity to seek justice.

“Three-in-ten respondents that experienced a bicycling injury reported that their injury was the result of being hit by a car.” – National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behavior, Volume 2: Findings Report

 

What Is the Most Common Bicycle Injury?

An article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) states that the most common bicycle injuries involve:

  • The upper and lower extremities: These include breaks, strains, and “road rash” injuries to arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, and toes.
  • Head, eyes, face, and neck: Disfiguring lacerations, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and spinal cord injuries are some of the profound injuries a person can experience.
  • Abdomen (thorax): Injuries to the torso area, including fractured ribs, organ damage, and potential impalement during a crash.

Common injuries from even the mildest bicycle accident injuries can be costly and painful. For example, road rash injuries can range anywhere from superficial abrasions to deeply embedded debris (rocks, glass, asphalt) that if left untreated can cause “traumatic tattooing.” The more serious injuries to limbs can lead to long-lasting or permanent handicaps, preventing a person from returning to work and recreation. A traumatic brain injury or damaged spinal cord could require life-long assisted care.

“Head injuries occur in 22 to 47 percent of injured bicyclists, often as a result of collision with a motor vehicle, and are responsible for over 60 percent of all bicycle-related deaths and the majority of long-term disabilities.” – Bicycle-Related Injuries, Am. Fam. Physician

 

Where Do Most Bicycle Accidents Happen?

Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that most bicycle accidents happen:

  • In urban areas: Bicyclist deaths are far more likely to occur in urban (80%) vs. rural (20%) areas.
  • On the open road: A majority (63%) of bicycle fatalities occur on the open road at higher speeds, not in bike lanes or intersections at lower speeds (37%).
  • Between 6-9 PM: Regardless of the season, most fatal bicycle accidents occur around the hours of sunset between 6-9 in the evening.

Demographically, men are 4 times more likely to be injured and 6-8 times more likely to be killed than women in bicycle accidents. Adults between the ages of 50-59 have the highest occurrence of bicycle fatality, while young people (under 20 years old) have the highest rate of non-fatal bicycle injury.

The previously cited AAFP article also reports that off-road cyclists have a 40% lower incidence of head, face, and dental injuries when compared to on-road bicyclists. This is largely because they are separated from dangerous vehicular traffic.

If your loved one lost their life due to a bicycle accident, a wrongful death settlement can help cover funeral costs, loss of income, and additional damages for the loss of their unique and irreplaceable companionship and support.

 

How Common Are Bicycle Accidents?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 130,000 bicyclists are injured each year, and nearly 1,000 lose their lives due to bicycle accidents. That’s over 350 injuries and 2-3 deaths every day.

These accidents cost over $23 billion annually in the United States when you add up the cost of healthcare, the decreased work productivity, the estimated expense associated with lowered quality of life, and the loss of life.

You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, filing a lawsuit may help restore your health and improve your future.

 

Contact Experienced Bicycle Accident Injury Lawyers

The joy, exercise, and positive environmental impact of bicycle riding can suddenly be interrupted by damaging and fatal crashes. When these accidents occur, the consequences are often far more severe for the bicyclist than they are for the vehicle driver. Nothing can reverse these injuries, but there are real, tangible benefits to filing a lawsuit after a bicycle accident. A damages award can improve your healthcare access, secure your family’s financial stability, and incentivize safety reforms that could save another person’s life.

At The Smith Law Center, we excel in achieving justice for catastrophic injury survivors and their loved ones, especially in cases of traumatic brain injury. Our founder has a scientific background in neuroanatomy, and our firm is uniquely experienced in litigating brain injury cases. Our successful case results are due to an in-depth understanding of the true cost of life-altering injuries, and the various causes that contribute to bicycle accidents. By understanding the nuances of the law, we do everything in our power to access all the resources available to you. 

Reach out to The Smith Law Center online or by calling (757) 244-7000 as soon as possible. There are deadlines known as “statutes of limitations” for cases of bicycle accident injuries, so the sooner you empower an attorney to handle your case, the better. We are ready to put our decades of experience at your service — you may be just one phone call away from a brighter future.

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If you or a relative had a severe reaction to military housing mold, it might be time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Mold is everywhere, and can be dangerous. Researchers have linked mold to serious respiratory illnesses in some individuals.

Smith Law Center may be able to help if a property owner failed to keep you safe from mold in your military housing. We are one of Virginia’s oldest and most successful firms. We know how to hold negligent property owners responsible, especially when the military is involved.

Call us at (757) 244-700 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. There’s no fee for learning more about Virginia mold laws, your rights, and your legal options.

Mold in Military Housing

Black mold in military housing became widely known when Reuters published an investigation in 2018. Since then, the Department of Defense and the housing providers were supposed to take steps to improve the situation.

Unfortunately, a 2020 audit by the DoD Office of Inspector General found many issues, including the need for mold remediation, still persist.

Monetary Awards in Military Housing Toxic Mold Cases

If the property owner lets toxic mold run wild and continue to cause you harm, talk with our toxic mold attorneys about filing a lawsuit.

You may receive financial compensation for:

Service members and their families do not receive different types of damages than civilians. These are civil lawsuits in traditional courts of law.

Military Housing Mold Toxicity Symptoms

The Institute of Medicine discovered there was evidence connecting exposure to indoor mold with:

  • Upper respiratory tract symptoms;
  • Coughing;
  • Wheezing;
  • Asthma symptoms in individuals with asthma; and
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals with weak immune systems.

There is also limited evidence that mold causes respiratory illnesses in healthy children or causes people to develop asthma.

Understanding Exposure to Toxic Mold in Military Housing

The topic of toxic mold is complicated. This Is in part because the term “toxic mold” isn’t accurate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains mold isn’t toxic or poisonous. However, some molds are toxigenic, which means they produce toxins called mycotoxins.

Mold is common in military housing because it’ll grow anywhere there’s moisture. That includes on and inside walls, carpet, upholstery, wallpaper, and heating and air conditioning systems. This is especially pronounced in humid conditions such as those present in Virginia.

Some people have no difficulties around mold, even large infestations in their homes. Other individuals are sensitive to molds, including those that produce mycotoxins. Someone can have a severe reaction when exposed to a large amount of mold indoors.

People may be more likely to experience mold toxicity symptoms if they have:

  • Allergies,
  • An underlying lung disease,
  • Immune suppression,
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder,
  • Asthma, or
  • Another chronic respiratory disease.

Common Types of Military Housing Mold

When you’re trying to learn more from the CDC and other resources, you’ll see the word “fungus” a lot. Mold is a type of fungus, which is something that exists all around us. Fungi are living organisms different from animals, plants, and bacteria. There are over 200,000 types of fungi and over 100,000 types of molds.

If you discovered mold in your military housing, it could be Cladosporium, Penicillium, Stachybotrys chartarum, Aspergillus, or many other types. Stachybotrys is what everyone knows as black mold. Aspergillus is a common indoor fungus, which releases mycotoxins and can cause illness. Your symptoms may resemble common allergy or asthma symptoms.

Who is Liable for Military Housing Mold?

Since 1996, most military housing has come under the management of private companies:

  • Belfour Beatty Communities: Fort Eustis and Fort Story/li>
  • Lincoln Military Housing: Dahlgren, Little Creek, Naval Station Norfolk, Northwest Annex, Oceana, Portsmouth, Quantico, and Yorktown/li>
  • Hunt Military Communities: Fort Lee and Langley AFB

Outside of Virginia, Lendlease and Corvias Military Living are two more housing providers. Together, these five companies formed the Military Housing Association.

Military families living in on-base housing must take their complaints to their private management company — not the military. The company is responsible for providing habitable conditions and making repairs, including mold remediation.

If you’re unsure about your rights, review your state law and local ordinances about mold. In general, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to provide a habitable unit, which means it has to be safe to live in. A unit isn’t safe if it’s causing a tenant health issues due to mold.

The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act requires landlords to disclose if there’s mold in the written report of the move-in inspection. If a tenant discovers visible mold in the unit, then the Act requires the landlord to remove the mold and relocate the tenant until it’s gone at no additional cost to the tenant.

Unfortunately, many families find their housing providers aren’t receptive to complaints. Attorney Stephen M. Smith has handled many mold lawsuits against military housing providers who fail to abide by their lease terms and the law when it comes to mold remediation and other hazards.

Other Hazards in Military Housing

Many service members and their families deal with uncomfortable, if not hazardous, conditions in privatized military housing, including:

Lead Paint: Lead-based paint can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, organ damage, and in extreme cases, death.

Asbestos: Exposure to asbestos harms a person’s lungs, and can lead to lung fibrosis (scarring), lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Radon: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It naturally forms underground, however cracks and gaps in buildings lead to over-exposure indoors.

Poor Water Quality: Dozens of military sites have water with detectable levels of harmful chemicals.

Other issues involve rodent or insect infestations, pesticides, and faulty electrical wiring.

What Happens When a Lot of People Get Sick?

Sometimes mold exposure impacts a single individual or family. However, when the mold spreads throughout military housing, it can impact hundreds or thousands of people.

Occasionally, a large enough group of people are injured to allow for a class action or mass tort lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is one where a class representative acts as the plaintiff on behalf of the group of hurt individuals. Not every victim participates in the lawsuit. There are rules about when a group is big and similar enough to create a class action.

Mass tort lawsuits are different. When there are fewer plaintiffs who have their own set of circumstances, each person files a lawsuit. For efficiency’s sake, one or a couple of law firms may represent most plaintiffs, and the lawsuits are consolidated in a federal court.

Call the Military Housing Mold Lawyers at Smith Law Center for Help Right Away

Mold cases come about in a few ways. You or a loved one may start getting sick, and after weeks or months of struggling to find answers, you finally realize your military housing has a mold infestation. In other cases, you struggle with visible mold and then become ill.

Once you connect the illness with the mold, it’s time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Reaching out to an attorney early helps you build a strong compensation claim. We know how to collect evidence, identify who is liable, and craft a successful argument for a settlement or court award.

Attorney Stephen M. Smith has decades of experience handling injury claims and has been internationally recognized for his work. He has litigated cases involving catastrophic injuries and complex legal and scientific issues. In 2019, he was inducted into the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.

You’re in good hands when you come to Smith Law Center for help. Reach out online or call (757) 244-7000 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

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