When Christina Teimouri and her husband went to dinner a few weeks ago, they were lucky enough to be seated in the section their son was working in. She says it was a busy night at the restaurant where he worked, but her son had time to give her a quick hug and say “Love you” to her.
Those were the last words he ever said to her. When her son, Aleksander got off work at around 11:30 that evening, he got on his bike for the short ride home. On the way, he was struck by a man who police say was a drunk driver. He was struck a block from home. The accident caused him to hit his head on the pavement, causing the head injuries that killed him.
Aleksander was an organ donor. When he was taken off of life support, his organ saved numerous people, a bright spot to this tragic story. At the SMT Legal, we know that incidents like this are all too common. Sometimes they end in fatalities, other times serious injuries. If you need a Pittsburgh bike accident attorney, you can count on us to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses.
As the story above shows us, people often use their bikes to get to and from work. Others are regular leisure or exercise riders. We know that people who ride regularly do what they can to be safe when they are on or around the roadway, but they cannot control the actions of those around them.
There were 1,141 bicycle accidents during the latest reporting year for Pennsylvania. Why do these accidents happen?
We can usually pinpoint driver negligence when it comes to these accidents:
- Drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Distracted drivers (cell phones, other devices, people in the vehicle)
- Speeding or aggressive drivers
In the story above, the driver who killed Aleksander had more than double the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
Those who ride bicycles are especially vulnerable to accidents. They have almost no protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them. Even those who wear a helmet often sustain the following injuries in a crash:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Major soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head or brain trauma
These injuries will not only cause tremendous medical bills to come in, but they can leave lasting emotional and psychological damage.
What You Can Do Now
We know that your main goal after a bicycle accident needs to be dealing with your injuries and being with family. That is why, at the SMT Legal, we want to help you. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work tirelessly to secure compensation for the following:
- Your medical bills
- Lost wages if you cannot work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- And more