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For a 9 year old Northeast Philadelphia boy who suffered traumatic brain injuries after being hit by a truck as he crossed the street.

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From a Chester County jury to a nurse and mother of two after she was seriously injured when she was rear-ended by a National waste disposal truck.

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Settled in 7 months for responsible party’s policy limits and under-insured motorist policy limits

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Why Choose Philly Lawyers

How We Help You Win

We will review your bicycle accident case thoroughly.

We will investigate all evidence regarding the cause of the accident.
We will interview witnesses and experts if necessary.
We will work to ensure that victims and their families receive the maximum settlement.

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.

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 Are Often Caused By Diver 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.

Determining Negligence

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

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, knowledgeable 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand when the injury occurs, you are scared and need immediate help. Here are the answers to some of the questions we hope are helpful to you.
If you come to us, we have all the answers for when you are injured in any type of accident.

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Philly Lawyers offers free case reviews so that you can better understand your legal options. This means you pay nothing for your first consultation. Additionally, Kats, Jamison & Associates works on a contingency fee basis meaning that if you do choose to hire us, you pay us nothing unless and until we win your case.
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.

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.

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, knowledgeable 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 the police and make sure an ambulance is sent as soon as possible. Make sure everyone involved in the accident is conscious and responsive. Stay at the scene even if the accident isn’t serious, the police should be called regardless and a police report should be filed. It is important when speaking to the police that you stick to the facts, do not speculate, and most importantly do not admit any fault. Make sure you take as many pictures as you can with your cell phone. Also, we suggest taking a picture of the other person’s license plate, their drivers license, and insurance information. The pictures should document any damage that is caused by both vehicles. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if injured, even if you do not feel any pain, you may be in a state of shock and could experience medical issues later on.

After a car/bicycle accident, it is important to collect as much information as possible. Document the names, addresses, license plates of any other vehicle involved in the accident. Either document the weather conditions at the time of the accident or take pictures of the scene surrounding the accident. If you believe that road maintenance or lack thereof was a factor in the accident – it is important to document this as well.

After your immediate medical injuries have been taken into account, it is then time to speak with a lawyer immediately. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the more time you will have to successfully prepare a personal injury case. The team at Kats, Jamison & Associates will analyze your car/motorcycle accident and determine whether or not you have a claim. Through this process we will make sure to protect your rights and guard you from predatory insurance company practices.

If you are experiencing pain, injury, or financial damages as a result of someone else’s negligence. You may have a personal injury case. If the other driver was at fault or failed to follow the legal rules of the road – our car accident attorneys may be able to prove that the other party is liable for those damages. For example, if you were rear-ended in a car accident, typically the other driver is responsible for that accident and the insurance company could be liable for any damages
Within the first few days, you will receive communications from both your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company. You may be contacted by your health insurance company, doctors, and even attorneys. The other driver’s insurance company may request that you sign medical authorizations so they can retrieve your medical records. Before you speak to any of these people or sign any documents, it is important that you seek legal counsel.
You may have a difficult time paying for your medical expenses, even if you have health insurance. Make sure to bill any treatment as you normally would through your healthcare provider. Additionally, you may have medical payment coverage under your car insurance plan. This could be used to cover your co-pays and other medical expenses that your health insurance company may not cover initially.
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors. If we are successful in proving that the other party is liable for your injuries and damages, you could be compensated for medical bills and any other hospital costs, lost wages, costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy, disability or disfigurement, pain and suffering, wrongful death, including loss of financial support and any other out of pocket expense that was related to your accident.
Depending on the severity of your injuries and the length of time you need to heal from your injuries will determine the length of your claim. We also have to factor in the willingness of the other party to settle as they make their initial offer. If unreasonable offers are made, your claim may proceed to trial, which will increase the length of your claim.
At Kats, Jamison & Associates all personal injury accident cases are handled on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that we will never charge you upfront for any cost and we will advance all costs and expenses. You will not have to reimburse our Firm for any costs unless we are successful. You will pay absolutely nothing for lawyers’ fees unless we win a monetary sum in your case.

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