At The Pearce Law Firm, P.C., we firmly believe that bicyclists share the same rights to the road as anyone in a vehicle. Pennsylvania Law clearly states this right, but many drivers seem to ignore the law or simply aren’t aware of it. This ignorance can lead to frightening collisions and severe injuries for bicyclists.
Philadelphia Lawyer Edith Pearce works in Center City and fights for local bicyclists who have been injured in accidents. She offers personalized attention to each case to make sure riders aren’t made to be victims twice. Once, in an accident caused by a careless driver, and then again by insurance agents who often try to blame cyclists for their own crash. An experienced attorney can hold insurance companies accountable and force them to pay proper compensation to allow victims to recover and return to their bikes and the rides they love.
Drivers who hit bicyclists often claim they didn’t see the bike. This is usually an excuse for a distracted driver who isn’t really looking properly before making a turn or switching lanes.
Bicycles do have lower profiles than cars and SUVs and they’ll be tough to spot if a driver is only making split-second glances at a mirror or fails to check blind spots.
This inattention happens every day across Pennsylvania and around Philadelphia. By PennDot figures, 16 bicyclists lost their lives across the state in 2019 and 1,003 injuries were reported. Philadelphia accounted for two of those fatal accidents in 2019.
In 2018, the number of reported injuries across the state were lower, 962, but the number of lost lives was greater, seeing 18 deaths overall. That year Philadelphia, tragically, lost four bikers in fatal accidents.
Serious Injuries in Bicycle Collisions
Bicycle accident injuries tend to be more serious due to the lack of protection cyclists have when out in traffic. Riders don’t have several thousand pounds of steel around them for protection like the occupants of a car or SUV. They also can’t be secured by a seatbelt and that means impacts often send them from their bikes resulting in impacts with other vehicles and the ground. Cyclists have a helmet and their clothing and that’s about it.
The injuries that result often involve permanent consequences such as grafting, loss of limbs, paraplegia (a loss of use of the lower body), quadriplegia (a loss of use of upper and lower body), and head injuries.
Philadelphia lawyer, Edith Pearce is a nationally recognized trial attorney and uses that expertise to ensure injured bicyclists are treated fairly during their recovery. She understands the unique risks those who love to bike face on a daily basis. She wants to protect those riders and their right to a safe ride the next time they get on a bike.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get compensation if I got hit riding my bike in the street?
In Pennsylvania, it’s legal to ride in the street along with the motor vehicles so long as you obey all traffic codes and rights-of-way. So if you’re injured, you can get compensation by proving the other driver was negligent. If you feel you were partly to blame in the accident, you can still recover compensation. The other driver might be assigned a percentage of the blame and he or she would have to compensate you for that percentage of your bills and other hardships caused by your injuries.
How do I get compensation if the driver hit me and fled?
Unfortunately, if a hit-and-run driver is never identified you won’t be able to file a claim against his or her insurance policy. However, in Pennsylvania, if you have an auto insurance policy that has uninsured and underinsured motorist’s coverage, then you can make a claim on your own policy. Most policies include this coverage unless you deny the protection in writing when you sign up.
How long do I have to file a bike accident lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, a victim of an auto accident has up to two years to file a claim in civil court. Once the two-year statute of limitations is up you forfeit your right to compensation unless there are special circumstances involved.
Experience and Expertise: Getting You The Compensation You Deserve
The lawyers at The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. have received the prestigious Super Lawyer & Rising Star awards and the firm has received the highest “AV” rating for legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s oldest and most respected attorney rating service.
A highly sought after and nationally recognized trial lawyer, Edith Pearce is the founder of The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. The Pearce Law Firm is able to offer our clients the personal attention and individualized representation needed to achieve the highest results possible, and Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case the firm handles. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys where many different attorneys may be handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is involved in your entire case from start to finish. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.
Types of bicycle accidents we work with include:
Compensation for Bicycle Accidents in Philadelphia
Most clients want to know how much they may be awarded in a claim for damages. This is a fair question and needs to be addressed to give the injured victim some peace of mind that their future will be protected. At the Pearce Law Firm, PLLC, we look at the specific circumstances of each accident and fashion a settlement or a request to the court with all of these in mind.
Some of the damages that are common to a bicycle accident are:
- Medical Bills (Past and Future)
- Rehabilitation (Past and Future)
- Damage to Bicycle or Replacement
- Travel Costs
- Missed Time from Work
- Future Loss of Income
- Permanent Disability
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Loss of Quality of Life
- Loss of Consortium (intimate emotional support of a spouse or domestic partner)
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish/PTSD
The Pearce Law Firm is dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining full and fair compensation for you.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident in the Pennsylvania/New Jersey area and is in need of a bicycle accident lawyer Philadelphia can count on for results, please contact us for a free consultation.
What Our Clients Have to Say:
“I could not be more pleased with the settlement Peace Law secured for my injuries suffered from a pedestrian/vehicle accident. Nicole Vitale was the consummate professional–responsive, kind, and guided me through every step of the process. I was so fortunate to have her on my side during a stressful and traumatic time.”
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March 10, 2020
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