For those who love to bicycle, there are few more beautiful places than Pennsylvania. But the roads of Pennsylvania aren’t always safe for cyclists, and motor vehicles aren’t the only dangers to bikers. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding your bike, meet with our bicycle accident lawyers in Pennsylvania about recovering damages.
Top Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Many bicycle accidents involve a motor vehicle, and in many cases, it's the motorist who is to blame for a wreck with a bicyclist. In fact, in Pennsylvania in 2010 there were 1,487 bicycles involved in traffic crashes, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
However, while dangerous driving is often the cause of a cycling accident, cars are not the only danger to those biking. In addition to motor vehicles, other causes or contributing factors to bike accidents include street and pavement issues as well as falling objects or debris, such as that from a construction site.
Common Injuries Suffered in Bicycle Accidents
One of the most common injuries that a cyclist may sustain from an accident is a head injury or a traumatic brain injury. Both are caused when a cyclist suffers a blow to the head, most commonly as a result of being knocked off of the bike, causing the head to make contact with the ground. A traumatic brain injury can also be the result of falling building signage or other falling materials.
A traumatic brain injury can cause permanent damage on multiple fronts.
- Emotional impairment
- Cognitive impairment
- Paralysis or partial paralysis
Other injuries cyclists suffer in traffic accidents can be equally as severe. In the event of an accident, a cyclist may experience broken bones, internal injuries, and abrasions and lacerations to the skin or face. When an accident is serious, a cyclist may be rendered permanently disabled. In the most tragic of cases, a cycling accident may take a cyclist’s life.
Consult a Bicycle Accident Attorney to Determine Fault
When an accident happens, it’s usually somebody’s fault. Assigning liability is the process of finding the at-fault party and holding that party responsible.
In a bicycling accident, the at-fault party may be any of these people or entities.
- The motorist involved in the wreck.
- The manufacturer of a defective product that caused the accident (such as a defective tire).
- A construction company that failed to properly secure building materials.
- A business or government agency that failed to properly repair a dangerous road or surface that contributed to the accident.
If the accident occurred because a party failed to take action to correct a potentially dangerous hazard, or because a party behaved irresponsibly, then you may be able to recover damages for your injury.
Damages that you may be able to recover following a cycling accident include this list.
- Value of property damages to the bike.
- Cost of medical expenses for you injuries.
- Non-economic damages, such as emotional distress and pain and suffering.
Meanwhile, the statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury case following an accident is two years from the date of injury. So if you were in a wreck, reach out to our bicycle accident lawyers in Pennsylvania today.
Why You Should Consider Legal Help after a Serious Bike Accident
Because of the limited amount of time you have to file a personal injury case, and all of the evidence that you must gather to prove negligence and liability of the at-fault party, you may benefit from hiring legal representation. An attorney will help you collect the documentation you need, and will help you file your case and fight for your rights to damages.
The bicycle accident attorneys in Pennsylvania at Cordisco & Saile LLC, are ready to help. Our team can help ensure you get the benefits to which you’re legally entitled. To get started on the path to recovering damages now, call us today at 215-642-2335.