Philadelphia is one of the most popular cities for bicycling in the country. Bicyclists utilize bicycle lanes throughout the city, participate in festive cycling events, and enjoy miles of scenic trails. A recently-launched Philadelphia bike-sharing program, Indego, has made biking even more accessible by offering convenient and affordable bike rentals at kiosks all over the city.
These advantages combined with the city’s ease of navigation and biker-friendly terrain have led to an increase in the number of people who ride bikes for commuting, entertainment, and sport. While this influx of bicycling is beneficial for personal health and the environment, it also presents more opportunities for bicycle accidents and injuries. Bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and fatalities than motor vehicle drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bicycling accidents occur when a bicyclist collides with a vehicle, an object, or another bicyclist. Any of these accidents can result in serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries sustained in bicycle accidents are head trauma, neurological damage, bone fractures, and ruptured discs. Everyone, especially older bicyclists who are at greater risk for sustaining more severe injuries, should take precautions when riding bikes through the city.
Bicycle Safety Tips
Always wear a helmet and protective gear
Ensure your helmet fits properly and your bike is the appropriate size
Most bicyclist fatalities occur between six o’clock and nine o’clock at night, so be sure to have lights and reflective gear for nighttime bicycling
Be aware of your surroundings and practice defensive bicycling
When riding with other bicyclists, do so in a single file, pass on the left, and maintain ample space between yourself and other riders
Bicyclists and drivers have a duty to exercise ordinary care on roadways. If a bicyclist is involved in an accident due to another’s negligence or recklessness, he or she may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. However, in driver-bicyclist accidents, liability depends on not only the negligence of the driver, but also the negligence of the bicyclist. If the negligent actions of a bicyclist contributed to causing the accident, for example, if they run a stop sign, the bicyclist’s injury award may be reduced. In some cases, he or she may be barred from recovering any compensation.
The medical costs associated with injuries following a bicycling accident often surpass the limits of an individual’s personal injury protection policy. A successful personal injury lawsuit may cover the difference in medical costs as well as provide compensation for lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and in some cases, other losses such as pain and suffering. In general, the statute of limitations for personal injury causes of action in Pennsylvania is two years. Injuries sustained in bicycling accidents may not manifest for a long time, so it is important to act quickly in the pursuit of compensation.
Philadelphia Bicycle Accident Lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC Represent Those Injured in Bicycle Accidents
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycling accident, the Philadelphia bicycle accident lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC can help you to pursue your personal injury claim. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial tolls that accidents can take. Our experienced, compassionate lawyers stand up for those suffering from pain and injury caused by the negligence of others, and we will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. McCann & Wall, LLC has offices located throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Call us at 215-515-2236 or contact us online for a free consultation.