Bicycling is an activity loved by many and participated in by every age group, ranging from families with young children to the elderly. While bicycling is a great way to get around, get exercise, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, it can also be dangerous.
In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that bicyclists face a higher rate of crash-related injury and death than occupants of motor-vehicles, and that in 2010 alone, there were almost 800 cyclists killed and an additional 515,000 emergency room visits because of bicycle-related injuries.
Being involved in an accident as a cyclist in Bucks County can be very dangerous and may lead to severe injuries. Additionally, accidents are often terrifying and mentally enervating. If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, a lawyer can help you recover damages for your pain, suffering, and medical bills.
Causes of Bicycling Accidents
Cycling accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Some common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- a cyclist using the wrong side of the road;
- a driver of an automobile making an incorrect or unsafe turn;
- someone exiting a driveway without checking for bicyclists first;
- a cyclist making an unsafe turn;
- a cyclist not wearing proper reflective gear;
- a driver opening his or her door as a cyclist passes;
- aggressive driving;
- distracted driving;
- impaired or intoxicated driving;
- falling debris from buildings or construction materials; and
- street or pavement issues, such as uneven surfaces.
If you’ve been involved in a cycling accident caused by the negligence of another driver or someone else, you may be entitled to recover compensation. [insert link to falling debris page]
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
When a cyclist is involved in an accident, there’s very little to protect that cyclist from sustaining injuries, such as airbags that protect motorists in car accidents . If the cyclist is not wearing a helmet, he or she is even more at risk for being severely injured.
As such, many cyclists sustain severe injuries, including:
- limb injuries;
- internal injuries;
- chest and abdomen injuries; and
- head injuries.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that of the types of injuries that occur, brain injuries are one of the most common. Annually, 26,000 bicycle-related injuries to children and adolescents are traumatic brain injuries.
Take Action Now with the Help of Bicycle Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys in Bucks County
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury case is two years from the time of incident, according Pennsylvania statute Title 42 Section 5524. Therefore, if you want to pursue a claim to recover compensation for your accident, you need to do so immediately.
An attorney can provide you the legal guidance, and can show you what documents and proof you’ll need to prove negligence of the person who caused your injury. Furthermore, an attorney can provide you with information about what types of damages you may be eligible to recover, and give you advice regarding how to pursue your claim.
If you’ve been injured as a cyclist in Newtown or Bucks County, don’t wait any longer. The bicycle accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC are ready to take on your case. To get started on filing your claim immediately, call us today at 215-642-2335.