Curcio Law founder Tom Curcio has been a cyclist for almost as long as he has been practicing law. His first-hand knowledge of cycling has helped him to best represent those injured while riding bicycles, as he is intimately familiar with the traffic laws as they relate to bicycles as well as understanding the design of bicycles and their many component parts.
Unfortunately, given the forces involved in many types of bicycle crashes, the injuries suffered by cyclists are often serious, involving broken bones or head and brain injuries, or injuries leading to death. Generally speaking, the two categories of bicycling-related accidents and injuries we have handled involve cyclists struck by a motor vehicle or those involving a component of the bicycle failing.
In the former class of cases, the injured cyclist bears the burden of proving that the motorist drove carelessly and that his/her negligence was the cause of the crash. In the latter types of cases, the cyclist bears the burden of proving that a part on the bicycle failed due to either a design defect (i.e. poor design) or a manufacturing defect (component not manufactured as designed).
Proving that the motorist was negligent is very often a challenging task, which usually involves inspecting the crash scene, the bicycle, and the vehicle, and interviewing witnesses, such as the investigating police officer and all eyewitnesses, and monitoring the traffic hearing if the driver was charged with a traffic violation. In cases involving a failure of a component of the bicycle leading to the injury, most often experts in bicycle design and manufacture, and part design and manufacture are needed to evaluate and prove the case.
As is true in all negligence cases in Virginia, the lawyer handling the case must anticipate and prepare for the defense of contributory negligence. In product liability cases, the lawyer must anticipate and prepare for the defense of misuse of the product. Another class of bicycle-related cases we have handled involve injuries caused by cyclists who were riding carelessly and have struck other cyclists or pedestrians.
At all times, cyclists have a duty to obey the rules of the road, i.e. yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and maintain a proper lookout, and are financially responsible to those they injure if the cyclist was negligent.
Below is a listing of some of the bicycle cases the attorneys at Curcio Law have handled over the years:
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bike accident, you should consult an attorney experienced in handling such cases, such as the attorneys here at Curcio Law. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 703-836-3366 or contact our Alexandria office online.
Tom Curcio, the driving force behind Curcio Law, is a dedicated trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience in Northern Virginia. He has dedicated his career to representing people who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. He works tirelessly to obtain the compensation his clients are legally entitled to…
Rakin Hamad is a recent graduate of the George Mason Law School and joined Curcio Law as an associate in August 2018. Rakin works closely with Tom Curcio and staff in preparing cases from the initial client meeting through trial and has been a perfect fit for the firm. During law school, Rakin interned at…
Julia Martinez, a Florida native, joined Curcio Law as a paralegal in 2013. She began her legal career in 1998 working at a personal injury firm that primarily handled automobile accidents, slip and falls, and products liability cases. Then, in 2008 she expanded her knowledge by working at two other law firms. She obtained her…
As the firm’s office manager, Kathy McAfee is dedicated to making sure the office runs smoothly and that the team has what it needs by way of resources, technology, and supplies to best serve our clients. Kathy graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Roanoke College in 1986 and afterward, returned to Alexandria. She began…
Maureen Burke was born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts area and relocated to the Alexandria area in 1984 where she and her husband raised their three children. Maureen graduated with a BS in Nursing from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and an MS in Nursing from George Mason University. Maureen has worked at…
"$213,000.00 Jury Verdict, Auto Accident, Hand injury"
"$1,500,000.00, Auto Accident, Wrongful Death"
"$100,000.00, Auto Accident, Broken Leg"
"$493,000.00, Auto Accident, Brain injury, broken rib, facial lacerations"
"$190,000.00, Auto Accident, Brain injury"