How many bikes does your family have? How often do you take the time to get out and ride? Whether you are a regular rider or an occasional cyclist, you know that there are risks when you hit the road. Negligent drivers can cause serious injuries to bicyclists.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are here to help when you need a Philadelphia bicycle accident attorney. We will work diligently to investigate your case so we can move to secure compensation for all of you crash-related expenses.
Remember the rules you learned when you first started riding a bicycle. Stop at stop signs, look both ways, use all proper riding surfaces. Unfortunately, we know that bicyclists are much more vulnerable to major injuries when they are involved in a crash.
For the latest full reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were:
- 1,141 total bicycle crashes
- 21 bicyclist fatalities
- 1,127 bicyclist injuries
Please know that nearly every bicycle crash resulted in an injury or a fatality. Bicyclists have virtually no protection against the force of a vehicle slamming into them. Even if a cyclist is wearing a helmet, we commonly see the following injuries in the aftermath of a bike crash:
- Spinal cord injuries (with possible paralysis)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
These injuries can become incredibly costly. Aside from the emergency medical treatment, in many cases life-saving surgery and follow-up surgeries are necessary. If long-term rehabilitation is needed, a victim could be out of work for extended periods of time, further compounding the financial stresses. The hidden costs of accidents can send individuals and families into financial ruin.
- A bicycle crash victim and their family should not have to suffer financially if another person caused the crash.
We know that bicyclists are vulnerable to much of the same negligent driving behavior as anyone else on the roadway:
- Speeding and reckless drivers
- Impaired drivers
- Distracted drivers
We also know that many drivers simply ignore bicyclists around them. They often do not give them the space they need to ride on the roadway. In many cases, a cyclist is struck by impatient drivers in areas where they have the right-of-way like crosswalks, intersections, and bike paths.
If You Have Been In A Crash
Even if you take steps to ride safely, you cannot control the actions and behaviors of the drivers around you. If you have been injured in a bicycle crash, Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is ready to step in. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work diligently to investigate the crash so we can secure compensation for all of your incident-related expenses, including:
- Coverage of medical costs
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages