I was injured when a car hit me while I was riding my bicycle on a Charlottesville street. The accident was the car driver’s fault, but I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Can I still file a lawsuit?

Yes. If the driver who hit you was at fault for the accident, you may have a claim for compensation against that driver, regardless of whether you were wearing a helmet. It is in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Helmets help prevent serious head injuries in bicycle crashes, and they are highly recommended for safety. However, Virginia bicyclists over the age of 14 are not required by law to wear them. A number of jurisdictions, including the city of Charlottesville and the city of Harrisonburg, require bicyclists and their passengers 14 years of age and younger to wear helmets, as reported by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

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