As Philadelphia builds more bike paths and lanes, more cyclists are biking to work. Unfortunately, with more bicycles sharing the road with motor vehicles, there are bound to be bike accidents.
At The Pearce Law Firm, P.C., we believe that cyclists have just as much right to the road as motor vehicles. When a cyclist is injured because of a driver’s negligence, we will fight hard for the injured to get justice and fair compensation.
Bikes have a lower profile than other motor vehicles, and many drivers aren’t used to looking for a bicycle when they drive around the city. This can present challenges for cyclists as they try to get around without colliding with the much heavier cars and trucks.
This lack of visibility causes many types of accidents and injuries to cyclists. At The Pearce Law Firm, P.C., we have experience in all types of accidents and are prepared to help any injured cyclist get compensation.
Some common Philadelphia bicycling accidents include:
A dooring occurs when an occupant of a parked or stopped car opens the car door into the path of a cyclist. This can be a dangerous and even deadly accident as the cyclist has no time to reacts and is instantly ejected from the bike.
Cyclists by law ride on the right side of the right lane or in a bike lane that is usually on the right-hand side of the street. A right hook happens when a driver moves to the right to make a right-hand turn and turns in front of the bike causing a serious accident.
All cars have blind spots, and they can be deadly to a cyclist. Being smaller than cars and trucks, a cyclist fits easily in a blind spot which adds to the invisibility of the cyclist. Large commercial trucks have larger blind spots which increase the potential danger to bicyclists sharing the road.
School Zone Accidents
In school zones and neighborhoods, a driver has an additional duty to be vigilant for kids on their bikes. However, some negligent drivers do not exercise appropriate caution and cause accidents in these areas.
Bicycle accident and car accident lawsuits involving bicycles are different from regular car accident cases because the injuries tend to be more serious and often involve permanent consequences such as grafting, loss of limbs, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and/or head injury. Philadelphia lawyer, Edith Pearce is not only a nationally recognized trial attorney, but an avid cyclist, and understands unique issues of bicycle accidents. Most bicycle accidents involving a car or street/sidewalk defect result in serious injury or death. In such cases, it is in a client’s best interest to hire a bicycle accident lawyer Philadelphia residents can count on for expert representation.
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 if you can prove the other driver was negligent. If both of you were negligent, then if the other driver was more negligent, then you can still get some compensation.
How do I get compensation if the driver hit me and fled?
Unfortunately, if you don’t know who the driver was, then you can’t make a claim against his or her insurance company. 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.
How long do I have to file a bike accident lawsuit in Pensylvania?
In Pennsylvania, a victim of an auto accident has two years to file a claim in civil court. This doesn’t stop you from trying to settle with the insurance company first, but once two years have passed from the date of injury and you haven’t filed or settled, then it’s possible that you have forfeited your right to compensation.
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
Most clients want to know how much they are going to get. This is a fair question and needs to be addressed to give the injured victim some peace of mind that their future is not going to be in jeopardy. 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
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish/PTSD
The Pearce Law Firm is dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining full and fair compensation for you.
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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 call us for a FREE CONSULTATION or send us an instant e-mail.