OUR FIRM HELPS INJURED BICYCLISTS OBTAIN THE COMPENSATION THEY DESERVE
The bicycle accident attorneys at the Feasterville, PA law firm of Kats, Jamison & Associates understand that representing bicycle accident cases requires a personal injury attorney with the experience, skills and knowledge of the rights of bicyclists. Our Northeast Philadelphia bicycle accident lawyers fight aggressively to recover the maximum compensation for your case. We make sure that all types of damages both current and future are accounted for when calculating the value of your case. These may include, but are not limited to medical expenses, future rehabilitation, lost earnings, future wage loss, physical disabilities, scars, losses of limbs and serious brain and head injuries. We understand that not all damages can be seen in the physical form. Emotional distress, depression, anxiety, pain and suffering are also factors following a bicycle accident. We go above and beyond to make sure your needs are accounted for. We work diligently with doctors, psychologists, and long-term care planners. If you or a loved one are hurt in a bicycle accident, please call our office and schedule a free consultation.
Phone: 215 396-9001
BICYCLE ACCIDENTS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES
Riding a bike in Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Northeast Philadelphia can be a great form of exercise, but unfortunately the condition of the roadways and sidewalks can pose a danger to you. Bike accidents are not limited to crashes with other vehicles. You could be riding down Bustleton Avenue and hit an obstruction caused by a business or property owner. They might be liable for any damages you may incur. Deadly situations can occur when a bicycle collides with an automobile. Maybe a driver is not paying attention or neglects sharing the road with a bike rider. All of these are situations for disaster. According to the PENNdot, 180 crashes occurred from 2011-2018 in Bucks County involving bicyclists and pedestrians. Montgomery County had 239 reportable accidents from the same time period.
Unlike people protected driving in cars or trucks, bicyclists and pedestrians are completely exposed to forces around them. Unfortunately, this fact creates potential for extremely serious injuries. These injuries can be sustained from the impact of the vehicle itself or when an accident throws a bicyclist onto to the pavement, into traffic, or against another object. The following outlines certain injuries a cyclist can sustain the following a bicycle automobile accident:
Fractures – The force involved in bicycle automobile accidents can easily fracture or break bones. Cyclists who are involved in car accidents often break arms, legs, hips, hands, fingers, and potentially bones in the face. In most cases, these injuries require immediate medical emergency treatments.
Spinal cord injuries – The spinal cord and neck are vulnerable regions when involved in a bicycle accident. Damage can occur to any part of the spinal column, including torn ligaments, slipped discs, and nerve injuries. This can cause terrible complications, such chronic pain, muscle weakness, numbness and or lost of sensation, and in the worse cases, complete paralysis.
Traumatic brain injuries – Also known as “TBIs” can occur if a cyclist’s head hits something during the course of an accident even when the cyclist is wearing a protective helmet. A concussion can occur which can result in serious aftereffects that damage victims’ way of life. Sometimes these injuries can last weeks, years or even for the rest of the victims life. Depending on the severity of the accident, victims can develop cognitive or physical disabilities that can cause pain and suffering to themselves and their loved ones.
Victims of bicycle accidents can sustain these severe injuries and other subsequent misfortunes such as unexpected medical expenses, lost income, inability to work and potentially a significant loss of qualify of life. However, victims can seek compensation for these accident-related losses under both Pennsylvania and New Jersey law. In most cases, the statue of limitations on personal injury cases is 2 years. This makes it important to contact a personal attorney as soon as an accident occurs.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN PA
Statute of limitations is a window of time which determines how long a person has to claim an injury against another party. This law exists for a variety of reasons. For example, the quality of evidence can deteriorate over time. If an act occurred in the distance past, it might be unclear to determine who is really at fault and liable for the accident.
Based on Pennsylvania law, bicycle accident victims have two years from the date of the injury to bring forth a personal injury claim against another party. Although there are some exceptions to this rule, you typically have two years to file your case, otherwise you will lose your right to recover compensation for your accident-related losses.
SERIOUS BICYCLE ACCIDENTS AFE OFTEN CAUSED BY DRIVER NEGLIGENCE
Bicyclists, just like automobile drivers must follow the rules of the road when riding on public roadways. Base on Pennsylvania law, neither motor vehicle nor bicycle have the right of way over one-another. Both driver and cyclist must be aware of all other vehicles at all times and follow the traffic laws of the road. Ultimately bicyclists, despite of even their best efforts to comply with all traffic laws, can get struck by another motorists who is not paying attention. It is in these cases where bicyclists potentially suffer the most serious injuries.
Similar to other personal injury cases, in order to recover compensation, bicyclists must prove that someone else was negligence and was the root cause of their accident. Negligence happens when a person fails to use the degree of care that another person would reasonably use in the same or similar situation.
Types of Driver negligence that can cause serious bicycle accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Failure to give bicyclists adequate room
- Failure to signal turns or lane changes
- Following too closely
- Impaired driving
- Running stop signs
- Running traffic signals
Driver negligence can take a variety of other forms which can potentially cause seriously injury to a bicyclist. In some cases, a driver’s fault is not fully clear, and could be investigated further. In these cases, if you or a loved one was hurt in a bicycle accident involving another vehicle, you should urgently review the facts of the accident with an attorney.
Often, most drivers will not readily admit that they were distracted or failed to yield to a bicyclist. Perhaps the driver was not paying attention or did not follow a traffic law correctly, which caused the accident or conditions for the accident to occur. Due to this and many other reasons, identifying negligence in a bicycle accident often requires further investigation, interviews and analysis.
There are a few types of collisions that often help determine who was at fault in a bicycle accident:
“Left Cross” – when a driver attempts to make a left turn at an intersection and runs into a bicyclist who was traveling in the opposite direction. If both parties are going in the same direction, a bicyclist may not have time to stop and subsequently runs into the car.
“Right Hook” – the opposite of a Left Cross, this collision results from a driver trying to pass a bicyclist on the left side and then turns right in front of the bicyclist. This could be an aggressive accident where the driver is impatient with the relatively slow speed of a bicyclist.
“Side Swipe” – this collision typically happens when a motorist fails to properly look for a bicyclist prior to changing lanes.
“Rear-end Collisions” – if a driver is following too closely, he or she may hit the bicyclist from behind. Conversely, the bicyclist may collide into the rear-end of a car if the driver stops suddenly and without warning.
Depending on the type of collision that occurred can help determine potentially negligent acts and we can help you investigate your claim. If you are struck by a vehicle in a car accident our Feasterville bicycle accident lawyer can help you file a case and plan your future care.
THE INSURANCE COMPANY WANTS TO SETTLE – SHOULD I?
The vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court without a lawsuit ever being filed. This occurs in many cases where liability is not contested. This means that the at-fault party (insurance company) admits their liability representing that their insured driver was at fault in the accident.
In such cases, retaining an attorney may seem unnecessary, but this not true when you consider how insurance companies establish damages compared to how a personal injury lawyer establishes damages. Establishing value in a personal injury case is a complex process which often involves calculating the cost of pain and suffering, future medical expenses, and but not limited to lost wages. Future projected medical cost can be subjective. The insurance company could deflate the true value of lifetime medical cost in order to save money which will cost the bicycle accident victim a large chunk of their potential compensation. Due to this circumstance, settling a case with an insurance company is not recommended as you run the risk of accepting an offer that is worth far less than what your case is actually worth. An experienced, knowledgable lawyer will help you determine how much your case is really worth and will ensure that the insurance company treats you in a fair manner. If an insurance company refuses to offer an acceptable settlement, your attorney may file a lawsuit on your behalf to ensure that you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
CALL KATS, JAMISON & ASSOCIATES TO SPEAK WITH A NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA BICYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Representing a bicycle accident case requires a team of knowledgable and aggressive lawyers who are devoted to their clients. At Kats, Jamison & Associates of Feasterville, Pennsylvania, our personal injury lawyers investigate every claim so that we may represent our clients to the full extent of the law.
When you need a Bucks County, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member, or a loved one who has suffered a bicycle accident injury, call us right away.
To receive a free consultation, please call our offices to schedule an appointment for your personal injury case
Address: 1 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
Phone: (215) 396-9001