Cycling is growing in popularity in the cities, suburbs and rural areas of Pennsylvania. Whether you are commuting or enjoying some fresh air, bicycles do come with an inherent risk to the user. Obviously, bicycles are more dangerous than cars. With no protection besides the occasionally-worn helmet, bicycle accidents can be quite catastrophic. Even a very careful rider can be taken unaware by a driver’s negligence, road conditions, or even an animal lying in wait. If you are injured on a bicycle, you could suffer from numerous serious injuries, including broken bones, disfigurement, and brain and spinal cord damage. When negligence or carelessness causes your bicycle accident, you should contact an attorney immediately. Ilkhanoff & Silverstein is an experienced personal injury law firm with convenient locations in York, Shrewsbury, and East Petersburg, Pennsylvania. Our firm serves clients in Lancaster County, York County, and much of Western Maryland. If you have been seriously injured by a negligent party, it is important to call us. If you have a valid case for damages, we will enthusiastically represent you in and out of court. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein.
Both cyclists and drivers have a responsibility to ensure safety on the roads of Pennsylvania. Because they share the same pavement, they need to be wary of each other’s existence. There are countless serious bicycle accidents that were found to be of no fault to the driver, leaving a cyclist with the physical, financial, and emotional aftermath of the accident they caused.
A major factor of bicycle accidents is negligence. Cyclists are injured regularly by negligent drivers. Some of the negligent or careless acts that cause bicycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Careless and reckless maneuvers
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Failure to abide by traffic signs and laws
Establishing evidence of fault in a bicycle accident is quite an important factor in having a viable case for damages.
After an accident
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you may already be covered under your no-fault automobile insurance or health care coverage. Some people are actually covered under their automobile insurance for injuries sustained from an accident with a car. That said, it does not mean you shouldn’t prepare to take legal action. If you are seriously injured, contact the police and tell them you need medical attention. Two things will most likely happen. One, the police officer will document much of the accident, providing evidence for any potential future pursuit of damages against a faulty party. Secondly, your medical needs are paramount but also can help establish the degree of injury you may suffer from. This is important evidence for your claim if the insurance company argues the severity of your injuries.
Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein
Bicycle accidents can be complex cases to resolve as at-fault drivers very often deny any responsibility and blame the rider for the accident. A hit and run accident, where the driver leaves the scene, although challenging, can still be resolved. Negligent drivers need to be held accountable for the harm that they cause. An established personal injury lawyer at our firm will use every legal tool available to assist you. Contact a York personal injury lawyer at Ilkkhanoff & Silverstein and find out what can be done.