As participation in cycling has increased in DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland over the past several years, so, unfortunately, have traffic accidents involving cyclists. Enter Bruce Deming, The Bike Lawyer. While Deming did not begin his law career as a personal injury attorney, he is now known in the DC cycling community as the attorney to call if you've been injured while riding a bicycle.
If you ride in the District of Columbia, listen up. For years, insurance companies have been using the harsh and outdated "contributory negligence doctrine" to deny claims to injured cyclists in DC. Forty-six states have abandoned this harsh, outdated doctrine, but it is still the law in DC. With your support, that can change.
"Contributory negligence" refers to the harsh legal doctrine in which the injured party is barred from recovery if he is found to be guilty of negligence, no matter how slight (as slight as 1% negligent). If the other party involved in your accident is 99% responsible and you are 1% responsible, legally, you cannot recover a single penny, regardless of how serious your injuries are, when the rule of contributory negligence applies.
We’re in the midst of some of the most incredible fall riding conditions of the year here in the DC area - the humidity has finally abated, the air is crisp and refreshing, and the leaves have started to turn the brilliant yellows and oranges of autumn. Fall is one of the best times for cycling, which also means that it is one of the busiest times for our local trails. Before you plan your next ride, review these trail etiquette tips.