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Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Attorney

Bicycling is a fun, healthy, and earth-friendly means of transportation. Unfortunately, bike accidents can be extremely dangerous. When you’re riding your bike, there’s absolutely nothing—other than your helmet—to protect you from impact with other vehicles and the road. Whether you cycle to work, run errands on your bike, bicycle for fitness, or just for pleasure on the weekends, always make cycling safely your top priority.

Bike Accidents Occur in Many Ways

Every bike accident is as unique as the circumstances that surround it. Nevertheless, there are several traffic situations that commonly lead to dangerous bike accidents:

  • A driver will usually check for oncoming traffic when he or she pulls out of a parking lot or out of a side street, but these drivers often forget to check the bike lane or the side of the road – where bikers ride – when they’re pulling out.
  • When drivers park along the side of the road, they may open a car door in front of a cyclist. This is especially dangerous for bikers in bike lanes and for bikers who’re riding on the side of the road. These accidents are called “dooring” accidents, and can be extremely dangerous.
  • Drivers making right turns typically check for oncoming traffic from the left, but many fail to check the bike lanes to their right, and may turn directly in the path of a bicycle, leading to dangerous collisions.
  • When cyclists hit the road, they face the threat of motorists in much larger vehicles who aren’t necessarily looking out for them. When you’re on your bike, pay careful attention to drivers parking, pulling out of parking lots, and making turns, as those drivers may not see you.

If a motorist has left you injured in a bike accident, you need experienced legal counsel. Bike accidents are extremely dangerous and often lead to serious physical injuries. At The Levin Firm in Philadelphia, our dedicated bike accident attorneys understand how difficult these accidents are, and we have the experience, skill, and compassion to help guide your claim toward its most positive resolution. While no amount of money can ever return you to your pre-accident self, just compensation can provide you with the tools you need to navigate toward physical and emotional recovery.

Bike Accidents: The Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that bike trips account for only one percent of the total miles traveled in the U.S but that cyclists face a far greater risk of being injured or killed in crashes. These statistics include:

  • Male cyclists are 6 times more likely to die and are 4 times more likely to be injured in bike accidents than females are.
  • Cyclists between the ages of 50 and 59 are the most likely to die in bike accidents.
  • Cyclists between the ages of 5 and 14 and between the ages of 15 and 19 are the most likely to suffer non-fatal injuries in bike accidents.
  • Most fatal bike accidents occur in urban areas and at places that aren’t intersections.
  • In 37 percent of bike-accident fatalities, alcohol is involved.

Although bike accidents are always dangerous, there are things you can do to protect yourself when you ride:

  • Wear a bike helmet that fits you properly every single time you ride. Pennsylvania law requires all cyclists under the age of 12 to wear helmets—and this practice is strongly encouraged for bikers of all ages.
  • To help make yourself more visible to motorists on the road, wear a piece of retroreflective clothing when you ride at night and wear a piece of fluorescent clothing when you ride in the daylight.
  • To help make yourself more visible to motorists at night, equip your bike with a white headlight in the front and a red taillight behind the seat.

Serious Bike Accident Injuries

Bike accidents leave cyclists vulnerable to a variety of serious injuries:

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by a sudden jolt or impact to the head, which is common in bike accidents. These injuries can vary from mild to extremely serious, but they typically involve some level of cognitive impairment (ranging from fleeting to permanent). Because TBIs aren’t visible to outside observers, they’re often called silent injuries. Nevertheless, victims of TBIs frequently suffer serious and unpredictable consequences, including changes in personality and thought processes. Traumatic brain injuries are difficult to treat, can have very serious permanent consequences, and are often associated with debilitating psychological effects, including a lost sense of self.

Blunt Force Trauma

Blunt force trauma refers to non-penetrative injuries that rupture internal organs. These injuries sometimes slip by undiagnosed and aren’t recognized until they become much more serious. Some blunt-force trauma injuries can be irreparable and life-threatening.

Broken or Fractured Bones

The impact of a bike accident often throws the cyclist onto the road or another unyielding surface such that broken bones are common. Broken bones are not only extremely painful and slow to heal, fractures can have lasting negative consequences such as chronic pain or permanent disability.

If You’ve Been Injured in a Bike Accident, Contact an Experienced Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Attorney Today

Biking is a healthy, enjoyable, and environmentally friendly means of transportation, but one that leaves a rider vulnerable to accidents in traffic. Accidents involving bicycles are all too common on the busy urban streets of Pennsylvania and often involve serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in a bike accident, you should have an experienced bicycle accident attorney on your side. The dedicated legal team at The Levin Firm in Philadelphia is here to help. Our experienced bicycle accident lawyers have the skill, commitment, and determination to carefully assess the circumstances of your unique claim and aggressively advocate for the compensation to which you’re entitled. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at 215-825-5183 today.

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