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July 29, 2014

What are Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Philadelphia?

Thousands of bicyclists can be seen on the streets of Philadelphia every day. Philadelphians may choose to ride bicycles to commute to work, to save money on gas, to avoid parking challenges, to stay physically fit, or simply for recreation. No matter what their reason, however, bicyclists are at risk of serious collisions and accidents every time they decide to ride. Even if a bicyclist wears a proper helmet, the rest of their bodies are left almost completely unprotected in the event of an accident. For this reason, bicyclists often suffer extremely serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries if they are involved in an accident.

Though motorists are expected to “share the road” with bicyclists, many drivers do not pay proper attention or use enough caution. Other reasons may also contribute to serious accidents for bicycle riders. Some common reasons for bicycle accidents include the following:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Aggressive drivers
  • Intoxicated or otherwise impaired drivers
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to check mirrors or blind spots before turning
  • Speeding, running red lights, or violating other traffic laws
  • Not checking mirrors before opening a car door
  • Potholes, uneven pavement, or other road defects

These are only a few examples of how other parties may act in a negligent fashion to cause a bicycle accident. If a driver or other party’s negligence caused you injury, that party should be held responsible for their actions and you deserve to receive a fair settlement.

If you have been the victim of an accident while riding a bicycle and you believe the accident was someone else’s fault, you deserve to be fully compensated for any accident related losses or injuries.

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