You May Be Eligible for Compensation for Your Pennsylvania Bike Crash
If you are a bicyclist, you know that cars are a danger. You watch for motor vehicles and take steps to protect your safety. However, drivers of cars rarely think about bicyclists. A driver may not even realize he is sharing the road with a bike until after a crash occurs.
Pennsylvania law requires both drivers and bicyclists to follow the rules of the road. When an accident happens, these rules will determine who is at fault. Whether or not you have a case will depend on two factors:
- Did the driver’s negligence or reckless act cause or contribute the accident and the resulting injuries?
- Did your actions cause or contribute to the accident?
Driver Negligence and Liability for Bicycle Accidents
There are many ways that a driver can be considered negligent. Some examples of negligence or reckless behavior that can cause a bicycle accident include:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving under the influence
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Drifting into a bike lane
- Failing to watch for bicyclists
When a driver cause a Pennsylvania bicycle accident, he and his insurance company are responsible for damages.
Cyclist Negligence and Liability for Pennsylvania Bicycle Accidents
Just like drivers of motor vehicles, bicyclists also have a duty to follow the rules of the road and take steps to prevent accidents. If a bicyclist behaves recklessly and causes an accident, he is liable for his own injuries. However, a University of Toronto study found that cyclists are responsible for fewer than ten percent of bike crashes involving cars. Insurance companies don’t care about the facts. They often attempt to blame the cyclist in order to avoid payment for claims.
Get the Compensation You Deserve for Your Pennsylvania Bike Accident Injuries
If you’ve suffered a serious injury after a Pennsylvania bicycle accident, you deserve to be treated fairly. You may be eligible for compensation for your bike crash. Petrelli Law fights for bicyclists. We’ll work on your behalf to make sure you get all the compensation you are entitled to. Call us at (215) 309-4034 to schedule your free consultation. There is no obligation.