Cyclists must follow the same rules of the road as cars and trucks. However, motor vehicles often don’t treat those on bikes with care and consideration. In fact, many drivers don’t know bicycle traffic laws and therefore, they unknowingly endanger cyclists each time they get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, a significant number of Pennsylvania bicycle accidents are caused by the carelessness and negligence of others, leaving injured cyclists with mountains of medical bills, serious injuries, and other considerable losses.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esquire, I have devoted my legal career to helping injury victims find justice and compensation in the case of a serious accident. This includes cyclists who have been struck by a vehicle or otherwise injured while riding their bikes.
You should know that cyclists have rights, too. Just because many drivers don’t understand the rules of the road when it comes to bicycles doesn’t mean that you should pay for their ignorance and carelessness. With an experienced Philadelphia bicycle accident attorney at your side, you can ensure that your claim is resolved quickly and correctly.
To schedule a free, private consultation with a PA injury attorney, please call 1-800InjuryLaw (800-465-8795).
Common Types of Bicycle Accidents & Injuries
When a bicycle and a larger motorized vehicle collide, the motorized vehicle always wins. Because cyclists are not protected by the steel casing of a car or truck, and because they are often thrown from their bikes, the injuries associated with bike-car collisions are often extremely serious. These injuries could include traumatic head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, bone fractures, and blunt force trauma. Even bicycle accidents that do not involve a traffic collision can result in serious injury.
How do these bicycle accidents happen? While there are thousands of ways that a cyclist may become injured while riding, there are a few types of accidents that occur more often than others. Many of these accidents are caused by other drivers, poor road design, or poor road maintenance:
- A vehicle simply doesn’t see a cyclist in the road.
- A driver ignores a cyclist who is signaling a turn or stop.
- A vehicle turns left in front of an oncoming cyclist.
- A vehicle rear-ends a bicycle traveling in the same lane or in a biking lane.
- A vehicle veers into a bike lane or biker.
- A vehicle backs out of a driveway or parking space into a cyclist.
- A parked car or truck opens a door into the path of an oncoming cyclist.
- A cyclist crashes due to a pothole or other road maintenance problem.
- A cyclist crashes due to a defective, damaged, or incorrectly repaired bike.
- A cyclist crashes due to a poorly designed roadway or intersection.
Who Was At Fault For Your Philadelphia Bicycle Accident?
In order to understand your possible bicycle accident injury case, you must first understand how the accident took place and who was at fault for the incident. Gaining a full understanding of your PA bike accident requires carefully collecting and closely examining all of the evidence available in the case.
At-fault parties could include:
- The cyclist.
- The driver who collided with the cyclist.
- Another driver on the road.
- Another cyclist.
- The municipality responsible for maintaining the roadway.
- The municipality responsible for designing the road or bike lane.
- The bike’s manufacturer.
- The bike’s repairperson.
- The bike’s owner (if the bike was rented or borrowed from a business).
It is important to understand that there may be more than one at-fault parties in your case, as well as the fact that you need convincing evidence in order to collect compensation from one or more at-fault parties.
Find Out If You Have A Bicycle Accident Personal Injury Case Today
A Philadelphia bicycle accident can leave you seriously injured and seriously in debt. If your cyclist accident was caused by another person’s negligence, make sure that they take responsibility for your losses and damages. You could collect money for your medical bills, your lost wages, your pain and suffering, and more.
I want to hear your bike accident story and I want to help. To schedule a no-obligation case review with an experienced Philadelphia injury attorney, call me today at 1-800InjuryLaw (800-465-8795) or fill out our online contact form and I will get back to you. I will honestly tell you if you have a valid claim and explain your full range of legal options for action. Get started today.