Do you have questions about your Pennsylvania bicycle accident? Scroll down this page for answers to frequently asked questions. If can’t find the answer or you’d like to discuss your own case, call Petrelli Law at (215) 309-4034 to schedule a free consultation with a Pennsylvania bike accident attorney.
- My child was injured in a car-bike accident. She wasn’t wearing her bike helmet. Can we still file an insurance claim?
In Pennsylvania, children under the age of 13 are required to wear bicycle helmets. While the lack of a bike helmet may have contributed to the severity of your child’s injuries, it wasn’t the missing helmet that caused the crash. You may still file an insurance claim. However, the fact that your child was not wearing a helmet may affect the amount of compensation your family receives.
The amount of compensation your family will receive will depend upon the circumstances of the accident. When determining the amount of your settlement, your attorney will consider the following:
The age of your child
Whether a helmet was available
The location where the accident occurred
Whether the lack of a helmet contributed to your child’s injuries
Whether the driver that caused the accident was distracted, speeding, or driving in an unsafe manner
Whether your child was riding in a safe manner and following traffic laws
If you have questions about your child’s accident, call Petrelli Law at (215) 309-4034.
- The driver that caused my accident is uninsured. Who pays for my accident injuries?
Although insurance is required by Pennsylvania law, about 7 percent of Pennsylvania drivers are uninsured. If you are injured by an uninsured driver, you will need to rely on your own insurance policy for coverage of your accident. A Pennsylvania bicycle accident attorney can determine whether your insurance policy will cover your medical bills.
- Who is liable for my Pennsylvania bicycle accident injuries?
Liability for a Pennsylvania bicycle accident will depend on the circumstances of the crash. If the driver of a car, truck or other motor vehicle is responsible for your injuries, the driver’s insurance company will pay damages associated with the accident. If the driver wasn’t responsible, you may need to rely on your own insurance company.
However, not all bicycle accidents involve cars. If your accident was caused by defective bike part or equipment, the retailer or manufacturer of the part may be held responsible. If the accident was caused by unsafe road conditions, liability may belong to the agency responsible for maintaining the road.
Every bicycle accident is different. If you would like to know who is liable for your crash, call Petrelli Law at (215) 309-4034 to schedule a free case evaluation. We’ll let you know who is responsible for your injuries.
- I suffered serious injuries in a PA bike crash, but I can’t afford a lawyer. Do you have payment plans?
The attorneys at Petrelli Law understand that lawyers are expensive. If you are injured and unable to work, the last thing you need is more bills. This is why we accept all bicycle accident cases on a contingency basis.
Call us to schedule a free consultation. We’ll tell you if you have a case; there is no charge and no obligation. If you have a case and we agree to work together, the fee you pay will be contingent upon the case’s outcome. This means that you owe nothing until we win your case. When we win your case, we will be paid a percentage of your recovery. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
- The insurance company has made an offer. Should I accept it?
Before you accept the insurance company’s offer, it is important that you know the real value of your case. Insurance companies are businesses. Their goal is to make money. So many insurance companies offer bicycle accident victims low initial settlements. They hope that you will accept the offer before you have the chance to talk to an attorney.
Petrelli Law once to make sure that you get the fair settlement you deserve. Before agreeing to the insurance company’s offer, call us at (215) 309-4034.We’ll let you know how much your case is worth and whether the insurance company’s offer is fair.
- How much is my Pennsylvania bicycle accident case worth?
We can’t answer this question without knowing the details of your case; however, we can tell you the some of the information that your attorney will consider when evaluating your claim.
Some of the factors that determine how much your case is worth:
The severity of your injury
How your injury affects your daily life
The amount of pain associated with your injury
Your medical bills, including emergency room treatment, hospital care, doctor visits, medications, x-rays, surgery, chiropractic care, physical therapy and rehabilitation
Anticipated future medical expenses relating to your injury
Loss of past or future wages
The circumstances of the accident
Petrelli Law invites you to call (215) 309-4034 to schedule a free case evaluation with a Pennsylvania bicycle accident lawyer. The attorney will be able to tell you what your case is worth.
- How long do I have to file a claim for my Pennsylvania bicycle crash?
In Pennsylvania, an accident victim has two years from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim. Two years may seem like a lot of time; however, insurance companies know that this time flies by. They may promise to send you a settlement and then delay paperwork until you run out of time to file a claim. Or, you may miss the opportunity to file a claim because you aren’t sure that you have a case and are hesitant to call an expensive lawyer.
Petrelli Law urges you to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your bike accident. This will allow your attorney to begin investigating your accident and collecting evidence, so your case can be filed in a timely manner.
Worried about the cost? We offer free consultations and take all cases on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay anything until we win your case.
- I was injured in a Pennsylvania car-bicycle accident. Do I have a case?
In Pennsylvania, the person who causes a bicycle accident is responsible for paying damages to the person who is injured. Since every accident is different, we can’t tell you whether you have a case until we know the facts about your crash. We invite you to call Petrelli Law at (215) 309-4034 to schedule a free consultation with a bike accident attorney. The lawyer will listen to your story and let you know if you have a case. There no charge for the case evaluation.
- How long should I wait to contact an attorney after my Pennsylvania bicycle accident?
Don’t wait! Our bicycle accident lawyers recommend that Pennsylvania bike crash victims contact an attorney as soon as possible. This will allow the lawyer to investigate the accident scene and begin collecting information on your behalf.
You should discuss your case with an attorney before you deal with the driver’s insurance company. The insurance company may pressure you to sign paperwork. An attorney can tell you how much your case is worth. He can advise you on the best way to deal with the insurance company, or he can negotiate with the insurer on your behalf.
- I was hit by a car while riding my bike; what should I do?
Your first step should be to report the bike crash to the local police. If you need medical attention, call 911. If you aren’t injured, call the non-emergency number and ask to report the accident. This is important; the driver’s insurance company may refuse to compensate you if you don’t file a police report.
While you wait, limit your conversation with the driver. Ask the police officer who arrives at the scene to get the driver’s insurance information. If the driver leaves the scene before the police arrive, write down his license plate number.
Go to the emergency room. You should be seen by a doctor even if you don’t think you are injured. It is not uncommon for adrenaline to mask the signs of injuries after an accident. You may not feel pain r other symptoms until after the adrenaline wears off. The emergency room staff will check for hidden injuries and provide medical documentation of the accident.
Collect evidence. Get the name and contact number of the driver that hit you and anyone who witnessed the accident. Keep your bicycle, your cracked helmet, and the clothing you were wearing until you’ve discussed your case with your attorney. It is also a good idea to photograph the accident scene, the damage to your bike, and your injuries.