Newtown is a beautiful place for those who enjoy bicycling. While most bicyclists explore and commute safely, some become victims of accidents. When a bike accident happens, the person responsible may be liable. Our bicycle accident lawyers in Newtown help injured cyclists recover damages – give Cordisco & Saile LLC a call at 215-642-2335.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Some bicycle accidents are the result of bicyclist mistakes made while riding. Others are the result of other factors that may be out of the cyclist’s control. For example, a bike accident may be caused by any of the following factors.
- Collision with a motor vehicle
- Falling debris from signage and construction site materials
- Uneven streets or pavement (such as potholes)
- Poor road surface conditions (such as snow or ice)
Accidents caused by any of the factors listed above can be extremely dangerous for a cyclist. When the person or entity that caused the accident was negligent, the injured cyclist can hold that party liable for damages that resulted.
Injuries Resulting from a Bicycle Accident
Depending upon the type and severity of the accident, the injuries that a cyclist may sustain can range greatly. For example, if a cyclist fell off his or her bike due to icy roads but did not come in contact with another motor vehicle and was wearing a helmet, the injuries may be limited to minor cuts or bruising. If a cyclist did not wear a helmet and was the victim of falling construction site materials, then something as serious as a traumatic brain injury could occur.
A lot of bicycle accidents involve motor vehicles, and these accidents can cause serious injuries, especially for the cyclist. Types of severe injuries may include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, broken bones, facial and scalp injuries, road rash, and other injuries that can cause permanent impairment, scarring or disfigurement. Some sustain psychological injuries following a bicycle accident as well.
Recovering Compensation for a Bicycle Accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious bicycle accident, you have probably accumulated expensive medical bills, lost money due to missing work, may require future medical treatment and may be permanently disabled. You may have questions about how you will afford treatment and continue to support yourself or your family. Filing a personal injury lawsuit for damages can help you recover the money you need to pay injury-related expenses and continue to support yourself and your family.
In order to recover compensation for damages, you may file a lawsuit against the party responsible. You must do so within two years of the accident’s occurrence. Bicyclists are automatically full tort in Pennsylvania, even if the bicyclist has a limited tort auto insurance policy. This allows the injured bicyclist to file a tort claim for pain and suffering damages, in addition to medical costs and other out-of-pocket expenses.
If you file a lawsuit against the state of Pennsylvania or a Pennsylvania municipality (in the case that your accident was caused by the government’s negligence, such as failure to maintain a road), you must file a notice of intent to sue within six months of the accident.
After your lawsuit has been filed, you will be responsible for proving the negligence and liability of the guilty party. Our bicycle accident attorneys in Newtown can help collect the applicable evidence to establish fault as well as your damages.
Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC’s Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Newtown
An attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you understand your legal rights following a bike accident. If you need to file a lawsuit or a notice of intent to sue the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, will provide you with the legal knowledge and representation you require. To set up a free case consultation, call us now at 215-642-2335.