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Bicycle Accident Attorney

Bicycling is a fun, healthy activity and a convenient mode of transportation. Bicycles are an environmentally friendly transportation method, and the number of people who ride their bicycles to work has been increasing. Unfortunately, bicycling also poses risks to cyclists, especially when they are sharing the road with motor vehicles. Children and older adults are particularly vulnerable to injuries and fatalities from bicycle accidents.

To avoid being in a bicycle accident, you should know the safety tips and the laws to follow. If you or a family member are injured in a bicycle accident, you may want to know the necessary steps to recover compensation for your injuries.

What Is a Personal Injury Bicycle Accident?

Motor vehicle drivers have a duty to share the roadways with bicyclists. Careless drivers on the road may fail to drive with alertness and end up in a collision with bicyclists. A bicycle accident may occur due to any of the following reasons:

  • The driver was following the cyclist too closely.
  • The driver was not paying attention to the road.
  • The driver did not yield the right of way.

Drivers sometimes have difficulty with cyclists who are using the road, and a motorist’s road rage may lead to a collision. A cyclist may also crash into a vehicle’s door if the driver is not looking when he or she tries to exit the vehicle. Many bicycle collisions occur at traffic intersections and while cyclists are riding against traffic.

Bicycles leave cyclists without any bodily protection, so they are more exposed and susceptible to severe injuries and fatalities when involved in a collision with an automobile. Common injuries that cyclists sustain from bicycle accidents include:

  • Brain damage
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Joint dislocation
  • Neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal damage

These serious or catastrophic injuries can be life-altering for victims and their families and can result in significant financial strain due to the loss of income and expensive medical bills.

Tips for Staying Safe as a Cyclist

In Pennsylvania, bicycles are considered vehicles and are governed by the same set of rules that other vehicles must abide by, along with rules that apply specifically to bicyclists. Even a cyclist who abides by all the laws is still vulnerable to injuries caused by motor vehicles on the roadway.

The following are some of the bicycle laws cyclists must follow in Pennsylvania:

  • A bicyclist must give pedestrians the right of way.
  • A bicyclist must always pass on the left.
  • A bicyclist must stop at stop signs and red lights.
  • A bicyclist must follow all street signs and markings.
  • Every bicyclist under 12 years old must wear a helmet.
  • A bicyclist must use reflectors and a front lamp at night.
  • A bicyclist must stay as close as possible to the right side of the roadway.
  • A bicyclist must alert other drivers of turns and hazards with hand signals.
  • A bicyclist must yield at intersections where he or she does not have the right of way.
  • A bicyclist must keep a minimum of 3 feet between them and other vehicles when riding along the side of the road.
  • A bicyclist may not travel on Pennsylvania freeways except when given special permission from PennDOT.
  • Every bicycle needs to be equipped with brakes that are capable of coming to a complete stop within 15 feet while traveling at a speed of 15 mph.
  • A bicyclist must be able to use at least one hand on the bike’s handlebars, which means bicyclists cannot carry items that would prevent them from doing so.

Follow these safety tips while riding a bicycle to reduce your risk of injury:

  • Wear bright or reflective clothing during the day and at night.
  • Know the proper hand signals to use while turning.
  • Utilize a bicycle safety and education program in Pennsylvania.
  • Carry a mobile phone to call for help in the event of an accident.

Though Pennsylvania law does not require cyclists over the age of 12 to wear helmets, statistics show doing so can reduce the risk of a head injury by more than 50%. If you will be riding your bicycle alongside motor vehicles, it is crucial to educate yourself and your loved ones on safety and traffic rules before you head out.

What to Do After You Have Been in a Bicycle Accident

What to Do After You Have Been in a Bicycle Accident

Bright clothes and helmets are not always enough protection during a collision with a motorized vehicle. Catastrophic injuries or fatalities can occur even if you follow all safety rules and guidelines as a cyclist. Below are the steps to follow after you have been in a bicycle accident, once you are safe from immediate danger.

1. Report the Accident to Law Enforcement

After you have been in an accident, contacting law enforcement should be your first move. Be sure to carry a mobile phone with you while cycling so you can call 911 in the event of a collision.

2. Gather Contact Information

Witnesses are an important component of a bicycle accident injury case and can contribute to the credibility of your claim. Gather contact information from witnesses while you wait for law enforcement to arrive.

Once the police arrive, make sure that any witnesses provide a description of what they saw to the police. An official police report that includes witnesses’ accounts will also provide further evidence for your case.

3. Collect Evidence

After an accident occurs, document your injuries and surroundings. Take pictures of the vehicle involved, the injuries suffered as a result of the accident and any damages to your belongings and bicycle. If possible, you should also obtain audio of the driver’s description of the collision.

4. Seek Medical Attention

Seeking medical attention is crucial for both your health and your case. Your injuries should be documented by a medical professional. You can receive your wellness checkup from your family doctor or in the emergency room.

5. Speak to a Bicycle Accident Attorney

Being in a bicycle accident can cause a serious injury or fatality. If you or a family member is in a bicycle accident, it is crucial to have representation you can depend on. Without expert legal help, you may face lost wages and extensive medical bills.

Speak to a bicycle accident attorney who can work on your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and property damage.

Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer at KBG Injury Law

Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer at KBG Injury Law

Riding a bicycle is a great way to find solitude and peace, especially when you take the time to learn the rules of safety as a cyclist on the road. Unfortunately, even the safest cyclist may become involved in an accident. If you or a family member is in a bicycle accident, you may face serious, life-threatening injuries. Contact the bike accident lawyers at KBG Injury Law or request a free consultationtoday to discuss your case and get the results you deserve.

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