We are bringing you a story today from the other side of the state, an incident that happened in Warrington. There, a 9th grade boy was killed while he was out riding his bicycle with his friends.
Joey Edwards was struck by the vehicle that Herbert Norton, 51, was driving. Norton says that he saw reflectors on the right side of the road and moved his car to the left. Unfortunately, that was where Joey was.
The story gets even more confusing because we have now learned that Norton was charged with DUI, but that the DUI did not contribute to the accident. He had THC in his system, so under state law, he was charged.
While we await the outcome of this case, we know that bicycle accidents are too common and that they almost always result in injury or death.
If you need a Pittsburgh bicycle accident attorney, turn to the SMA Law Group for help. Their knowledgeable and experienced team will work with you to ensure you are compensated for your accident-related expenses.
We know that many people in and around Pittsburgh enjoy getting out on their bikes. Some people enjoy riding for exercise and fresh air while others use their bikes as their main mode of transportation. Unfortunately, no matter how many steps you take to stay safe when you ride, you cannot control the actions of those around you.
For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were 1,141 bicycle accidents. That number has been fairly consistent over the last five years. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities jumped significantly. The most vulnerable group to injuries and fatalities in bicycle accidents are those in the 5 to 14-year-old range.
Driver negligence is often the cause of bicycle accidents. We often see these accidents happen because drivers ignore or do not see bicycle right-of-ways. We also know that distracted and impaired drivers pose significant dangers to bicycle riders.
Injuries from bicycle accidents can be devastating. Cyclists have no protection from the force of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. Even if a rider is wearing a helmet, many injuries are not preventable in some cases. We commonly see the following as a result of bicycle accidents:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Major soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head or brain trauma
All of these injuries require emergency medical treatment that can become very costly, especially if surgery and rehabilitation is necessary.
What You Can Do
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by someone else, seek legal assistance today. We know that these injuries can be devastating and that you need to focus on healing, not figuring out how to afford your medical and household bills. At the SMA Law Group, we will provide you with a Pittsburgh bicycle accident attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 412-744-8341.