In recent years more and more people have started to use bikes as a primary transportation option, and not solely as a secondary or recreational option. As bikes prove to be a more practical solution for transportation, bicyclists become increasingly more exposed to the risks of drivers who disrespect the rights of bicyclists by breaking the rules of the road rather than sharing the lane.
Bicycle injuries are often severe, in large part because there is no protective exoskeleton structure to shield the bicyclist from the force of impact. Though helmets and other protective gear can help, bicycle accidents are unavoidable and damaging in many instances. As such, it is critical for road safety that drivers pay attention and respect the rights of bicyclists, and that — when drivers fail to do so — legitimate injury claims are pursued doggedly.
Bicycle accident cases can become very complicated, very quickly — as litigation advances, your efforts to obtain a swift and smooth recovery may be frustrated. New defendants may be added to the lawsuit, defendants may assert that the plaintiff was at fault (at least partially) for their injuries and more. Given these complications, it is important that you work with a skilled bicycle attorney who has a record of success in helping bicyclists recover fair compensation for their injuries. To setup, a free consultation, contact us using the online form or call The Law Office of Mark A. Smith at (412) 368-8398.
Circumstances may vary wildly with regard to bicycle accidents and how they’re caused. The most common causes, however, include:
Though it is always good policy to wear a helmet while riding, it is worth pointing out that you can still recover damages for your injuries even if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the injury-causing accident.
Pennsylvania law does not require that bicyclists over age 12 wear helmets while riding. If you got into an accident without wearing a helmet, however, the defendant will try to assert that you are responsible for your own injuries. If the defendant can show that you were at least 50% at-fault, then they will not be liable for any damages. Your attorney must, therefore, execute a strong counter to this assertion by showing that the injuries would have occurred regardless of you having worn a helmet.
Attorney Mark A. Smith has spent 23 years helping clients obtain justice and recover damages to compensate them for their injuries. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident case, Attorney Smith may be able to help you recover, too.
To connect, please call (412) 368-8398 or use our online contact form to setup an initial consultation (it’s free!). Once you become a client, Attorney Smith will be available at any time to discuss your case, from the start of the process to resolution of the claim.