Cause of Pennsylvania Cycling Accidents
- Car fails to yield to bicycle rider
- The bicyclist fails to yield, although more infrequent
- Motor vehicle turns into the path of the bike rider, as the driver doesn't
see the rider
- Sometimes the bicyclist fails to yield when entering a Pennsylvania roadway
- Car or any motor vehicle tries to pass bike rider, and hits him or her
from the side
- Car, bus or truck simply turns into the bike rider.
- Motor vehicle operator is on his cell or texting and runs a bike rider
off the road.
Bike Riding Rules in PA
Important rules for bicyclists to remember to keep themselves safe, regardless
of the laws of motorists:
- Do not ride through red traffic lights
- Ride in the same direction as traffic
- Use lights when riding at night
- Do not ride a bicycle on a sidewalk
Bicycle accidents in Philadelphia are on the decline, but every year there
are still many accidents involving people across all age groups. Since
bicycles have the same "road rights" as motorized vehicles,
it is impossible to eliminate all risks associated with two-wheel transportation.
If you are the victim of an irresponsible driver (or a company), you need
a skilled, experienced bicycle
accident lawyer in Philadelphia to fight for maximum compensation.
The initial consultation gives us an opportunity to discuss your case and
evaluate liability. Based on our experience in litigating bicycle
accident cases in Philadelphia, we decide whether we need to send out a bicycle accident reconstruction expert.
During the early stages of case development, we will review medical records,
request information about your prognosis and treatment plans from your
doctors, compare past court cases and finally, determine an appropriate
We use various formulas and the facts from accident reconstruction to set
an appropriate, anticipated settlement amount. This base-line amount includes
money for daily living expenses (adjusted for cost of living increases
and future inflation), medical care, prescriptions, lost wages, equipment
replacement, counseling, pain, stress, inconvenience, and education and
job training if the injuries mean you will not be able to return to a
previous job or career.
Handling your case involves more than presenting information about individual
fault; the role of your bicycle accident lawyer and his or her team is
multifaceted. As your advocate and legal representative, we will work
diligently to develop a case to obtain the maximum possible compensation
available under Pennsylvania law.
Here are just a few of the roles that your Philadelphia bicycle accident
attorney assumes from the time you start a case file until the final recovery.
Bicycle Accident Reconstruction Expert
According to a report issued by the Department of Transportation, more
than three-quarters of auto/bicycle accidents that happen after dark involve
incidents where someone driving an automobile could not see a cyclist
early enough to avoid impact. If the cyclist was not wearing reflective
clothing and did not have safety gear -- such as lights and reflective
tape on the bike -- drivers may contest their fault level. Insurance companies
often contest their obligation to compensate injured cyclists under these
As your Philadelphia bicycle accident law firm, we will work with an accident
reconstruction expert to recreate the accident scene, looking for details
that prove liability.
Bicycle Accident Negotiator
Often, it is possible to negotiate a large settlement without going to
court. In a case where an accident was caused by unsafe roadway conditions
-- for example, construction equipment blocking a clear line of sight
or excessive potholes and surface damage that caused the bicyclist to
lose control of their bike – we will want to go up against multiple
parties to obtain full compensation.
Bicycle Accident Insurance Issues
Some of the most challenging elements during many personal injury cases
involve insurance coverage. In the case of an accident involving an automobile
and a bicycle, multiple insurance companies may be liable for damages.
You need a top bicycle accident attorney that can examine all insurance
policies to determine if one company is fully responsible or if there
is a shared-liability situation.
Bicycle Design Defects
Some bicycle injuries happen due to manufacturing design or defects. Manufacturers
have a legal duty to make sure their products are safe for riders. If
a bolt or chain breaks due to sub-standard parts or design features, the
manufacturer will be made to take financial responsibility. Part of your
bicycle accident attorney's role is to determine if there is a manufacturing
defect, a materials defect, an assembly defect or another cause behind
the sudden failure of your equipment.
This is often a labor-intensive task to find the exact source of the problem.
We work with industry professionals with the expertise to evaluate both
the bicycle design and mechanical components.
We have extensive experience in the area of bicycle accident law. We will
work diligently to work up your case so we can recover the maximum possible
compensation. Our knowledge of industry regulations and state laws in
Philadelphia makes us uniquely qualified to be an advocate for our clients
involved in bicycle accidents in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.