Do you love getting our on the road on your bike? We know that so many people around the county do, regardless of age. We see kids out riding around and we see adults getting in their exercise. We also know that plenty of people use their bicycles as their regular mode of transportation.
At the SMA Law Group, we also know that there are times when bike accidents happen. Despite how safely a cyclist rides when they go out, there are times when the actions of negligent drivers can cause them harm. If you need a Butler County bicycle accident attorney, we are standing by to help you recover the compensation you need.
How Do These Accidents Happen?
Put on a helmet, follow the laws of the roadway, and use proper crossings and you should be safe on a bike, right? While we wish that were always the case, we know that there were more than 1,100 bicycle accidents in Pennsylvania in 2017. Out of those, there were:
- 1,127 injuries
- 21 fatalities
When these accidents occur, they almost always result in the cyclist sustaining some kind of injury. All too often, bicycle accidents happen at places where the cyclist should be safe: intersections with a green crossing light, legal crosswalks, bike paths, etc.
They happen at these places because drivers often do not pay attention to bicyclists. In fact, they sometimes downright ignore them. The problems become compounded if a driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol, distracted by their phones or other devices, or speeding.
We also want to point out how important it is that the agencies charged with maintaining the roadways, bike paths, and sidewalks regularly inspect the riding surface and repair any damage that could cause harm to bicyclists.
Bicyclists have no protection in the event of an impact. Whether they are struck by another driver or crash due to a poorly maintained roadway, they can sustain major injuries. It is not uncommon for us to represent people who suffer the following injuries:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe lacerations and road rash
- Broken and dislocated bones
- And more
These injuries all require immediate medical attention and sometimes extended rehabilitation times. If a person does not receive insurance coverage for these costs, and other hidden accident costs, then they could be put into serious financial jeopardy.
If You Are Injured
Bicycle accidents are scary, especially if you or a loved one are injured. If another person’s negligence was the reason for the accident, you may need to secure legal assistance. At the SMA Law Group, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve for all of your accident-related expenses. Not only will we focus on medical costs, but we also want to cover the hidden costs associated with accidents as well (lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, etc…).