Bicycles are a healthy alternative transportation – they save gas (and money) and are a great way to stay in shape. But because cyclists also have to share the road (which is often not very bike-friendly) with automobiles, SUVs, motorcycles and even semi-trucks, they can also be a dangerous alternative.
Drivers are not necessarily looking out for bikers and some can be quite aggressive toward them. According to six years of crash data gathered by the Post-Gazette, about half of all bicycle accidents are NOT the cyclists fault.
Unfortunately, as more people are using bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation, automobile drivers are becoming less patient and more reckless. PennDOT’s Crash Facts and Statistics Report shows that in 2013 there were 1,383 bicycle crashes in Pennsylvania, most of which occurred at intersections.
A bicycle accident can be catastrophic with most victims suffering severe physical injuries – broken bones, fractures and head injuries and even death. If you or your loved one was involved in a biking accident, you may have the right to seek compensation for injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages or lost future wages as well as property damage.
If you have motor vehicle insurance your injuries from the bike accident will be handled by your car insurance company. The types of coverage you have will determine what expenses your auto insurance will cover.
If you do not have auto insurance, the insurance of the driver of the automobile may cover your expenses if they are found at fault, however their insurance may not cover all of your medical expenses or lost wages.
If you do not have insurance and were not at fault for the accident, call our office for a free legal case evaluation so we can better advise you on your options.
If you are involved in a bicycle accident in which another vehicle was at fault or if there were unsafe road conditions where you crashed, you have every right to seek compensation for your injuries. However, you must do so within a certain time frame, typically within two years. However, the sooner you contact an attorney, the better your chance will be of building a strong case.
Our personal injury attorneys will conduct an extensive investigation into your accident, collecting evidence and talking to witnesses and law enforcement officers as needed to present a strong case.
We will fight the insurance companies aggressively in order to get you the best possible result. We are successful because our attorneys have had the experience of working on both sides of personal injury cases for plaintiffs as well as defendants. This has given us an advantage in representing our clients against the insurance companies that are part of these claims and actions.
We have a team of lawyers, investigators, and field experts who work together to build a strong case for our clients. We know when to negotiate, when to go to court and how to get you money for your injuries. We will try to get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys are not just here to collect a paycheck – we are here to make a difference. We are here to answer your questions and we offer free case evaluations. We do not charge a fee unless we win your case.
Contact us today if you or your loved one has suffered injuries due to a bicycle accident.
Call 412-765-3345 for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys are available by phone, email or in-person.
SMA Law Group attorneys believe in aggressively representing our clients while maintaining the personal compassion needed when counseling clients through difficult situations and navigating a complex legal system. Contact us today.