How to Recover Compensation Following a Bicycle Accident in Pennsylvania

There are few better places for a relaxing, enjoyable bike ride than the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. Cycling is growing in popularity throughout Pennsylvania’s rural, urban, and suburban areas. Unfortunately, there is a catch: cyclists put themselves in danger every time they take to the main roads, especially where there are no sidewalks or very small shoulders. If you were involved in a bicycle accident, you are most likely suffering from severe injuries. Do not let your medical bills pile up and overwhelm you further; contact an experienced attorney today who can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Here are some questions you may have regarding the personal injury claim process:

What most commonly causes bicycle accidents?

There are several contributors to bicycle accidents, some of which have little to do with driver negligence. For example, poor road conditions and negligent road design very often play a part in bicycle accidents. Additionally, inclement weather conditions and even faulty bicycle parts contribute to bicycle accidents. However, the primary cause of bicycle accidents is negligent driving behavior. Here are some examples of a motorist behaving negligently:

  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Texting while driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Ignoring traffic signs, lights, and other rules of the road

What injuries may I recover compensation for?

If you were injured in a bicycle accident due to another party’s negligence, you can most likely recover compensation to help with medical bills, in-home care costs, lost wages, and more. This is usually a sigh of relief to those who have been seriously injured. Some of the most common injuries sustained in bicycle accidents are as follows:

  • Muscular strains
  • Facial contusions
  • Soft tissue injuries 
  • Road rash
  • Neck injuries
  • Dislocated joints
  • Fractured bones
  • Dental fractures
  • Eye trauma

How do I prove that another party was behaving negligently at the time of my accident?

First, it is crucial you hire an attorney who is ready to fight in your corner. He or she will help you gather the necessary evidence to prove your claim. Some of the evidence an attorney will help you collect are things such as security camera footage, medical documents, witness testimony, and more. You must remain mindful of what you post on social media once you file your claim. The insurance may be monitoring your accounts to see if you post anything that even remotely contradicts your claim. If you do, they will most likely try and use it against you to deny you of the compensation you need and deserve. 

Contact our experienced Pennsylvania firm

If you or someone you know was injured in a bicycle accident due to another party’s negligence, contact the Law Offices of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.

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