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.
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:
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.
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:
Although bike accidents are always dangerous, there are things you can do to protect yourself when you ride:
Bike accidents leave cyclists vulnerable to a variety of serious injuries:
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 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.
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.
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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