Injured in a Bicycle Accident in PA? Munley Law Can Help
Even with proper safety equipment, a bicyclist is no match for a motor vehicle. If you have been hit by a car, bus, or truck while riding a bike, chances are you received serious injuries that can take years to heal from. You may not be able to work ever again and are facing substantial medical bills. You will need help recovering your losses.
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The bicycle accident lawyers at Munley Law have spent more than 60 years representing victims of serious bicycle crashes. Our board-certified civil trial advocates have been named among the Best Lawyers in America, and have earned the top peer and client ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers, and other prestigious legal publications. Ultimately, our results speak for themselves. At Munley Law, we fight for vulnerable victims and their families. In order to give everyone equal access to the justice they deserve, we never charge a fee unless we win your case. Our initial consultation is free, so fill out our email form or call today.
What Are the Common Types of Bike Accidents?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, bicycle accidents represented 0.8% of that total reported traffic accidents and 1.9% of traffic fatalities in 2020. But don’t be fooled by these percentages — this still accounts for 799 bicyclist injuries and 22 fatalities in 2020. These numbers are an increase from 2019’s numbers. The majority of accidents occurred during daylight hours and at intersections.
The most common bicycle accidents include:
Left-cross accidents occur at intersections. The bicyclist will approach the intersection at the same time a driver enters on the other side. When the driver attempts to make a left-hand turn, they will either cross right in front of the bicyclist or will hit the cyclist head-on.
Much like a left-cross accident, a right-hook accident occurs when the driver turns right. They may not see the bicyclist riding in the same direction as them and will hit the bicyclist.
Car Door Suddenly Opening
If a bicyclist is riding the side of the road parallel to a line of parked cars, they may be in danger of getting hit by a car door suddenly opening. The cyclist may not be able to stop in time when the door opens and can be thrown over the open door.
A driver may misjudge the amount of space between their vehicle and that of the cyclist who is riding to their right. The driver may try to get closer to the line or have to avoid something on the left, resulting in sideswiping the bicyclist.
.All these causes have the same root problem – the driver’s negligence. Either the driver was distracted at the time of the accident or unaware of the rules of the road, a bicyclist could easily suffer great injury as a result of their carelessness.
What Should You Do After a Bike Accident?
The steps you take after a bike accident can be essential to your case. If you get into a bike accident, keep these tips in mind:
- Don’t leave the accident scene until you speak with the police.
- Seek medical treatment, even if you don’t think you’re injured. In many cases, accident victims don’t begin to feel pain until hours or days after the crash.
- Don’t try to negotiate with the driver or their insurance company on your own. Some drivers may accept the blame only to recant later to the insurance company so it’s best to get the police report after your accident.
- Obtain contact information from the driver and any witnesses nearby.
- Take photos of the scene, your bike, the other vehicle (if possible), and any injuries you sustained.
- Keep a journal of all medical visits and any expenses that may arise following the accident.
- Contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer to learn what your legal options may be.
Who Pays for My Medical Expenses After a Bicycle Accident?
Let’s say you were riding your bike when you are hit by a car. You were severely injured and needed medical treatment. You are now facing a pretty large medical debt. Who is responsible for paying the medical expenses?
When you get into a car accident with another driver, your insurance company is responsible for paying your medical bills. But what about riding your bike? This answer is a little tricky.
Since Pennsylvania is a no-fault state, your car insurance will cover any medical expenses when you get into an auto accident. So if you currently have car insurance for your vehicle and you are injured when riding a bicycle, then your medical expenses will be covered by your personal injury protection, or PIP, or medical benefits coverage.
It’s important to note that if you get into a bicycle accident and have limited tort on your car insurance, you won’t be able to sue for damage. But that’s not the case. According to Pennsylvania law, the limited tort option does not apply if you were injured as either a bicyclist or a pedestrian.
If you don’t have car insurance and were injured in a bicycle accident, give our bicycle accident attorney a call to learn more about your legal options.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bicycle Accidents
Q: What are the Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
A: There are many reasons bike accidents occur in Pennsylvania. But the top five causes of bicycle accidents are:
- Distracted driving – one of the leading causes of car accidents, distracted drivers are more likely paying attention to something other than the bicyclist riding beside their car.
- Speeding – Speeding can significantly decrease a driver’s stopping time. So if a cyclist is going through an intersection and cuts in front of a driver, depending on the speed, it can be difficult to avoid a collision.
- Alcohol Use – One of the top causes of a bicycle accident in Pennsylvania is driving while under the influence. Alcohol and drug impairment can significantly reduce the driver’s ability to make decisions.
- Unsafe Lane Changes – When a driver tries to merge into a cyclist’s lane without first looking can result in an accident with serious injuries.
- Failure to Yield – One of the most common causes of bicycle accidents, drivers are unaware that bicyclists usually have the right of way on the roads. Instead of yielding, the driver will try to maneuver around the bicyclist, which can result in an accident
Q: What Are the Most Common Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries?
A: A bicycle accident case usually involves serious injuries to the bicyclist. Much like a motorcycle accident, a bicyclist does not have as much protection as someone riding in a car. So of the most common injuries from a bike accident include the following:
- Road rash
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve and muscle damage
- Torn ligaments
- Wrongful death
Q: Can a Bicyclist Be At Fault for An Accident?
A: Although it may be easy to assign fault immediately to the driver, there are times when a bicyclist can be held at fault for the accident. According to Pennsylvania law, cyclists must follow the same rules and regulations as those driving a vehicle. This means they need to stop at stop signs or traffic lights, make hand signals when turning, and yield to pedestrians. If you are a driver who gets into an accident with an at-fault bicyclist, you will need to show that the cyclist was negligent. This can be complicated to try to do on your own so it’s best to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer to learn your options.
Q: What Damages Can I Receive Following a Bicycle Accident?
A: As with any personal injury lawsuit, you may receive damages for the following:
- Medical expenses such as hospital stays, physical therapy, lab tests, and rehabilitation costs
- Loss of income, including future income
- Property damage
- Long-term care
- Pain and suffering
If your loved one had died in the accident, you may also be eligible for funeral expenses and lost earnings and benefits of the deceased.
Once you hire our bicycle crash attorney, we will begin investigating your claim and start negotiations with the insurance companies to get you the maximum amount of compensation for the injured cyclist.
Q: Can I Apply for Workers’ Compensation if I Get into a Bike Accident While Working?
A: If you use your bicycle as part of your job, such as a bike messager or a delivery person, and you get into an accident while on the job, you may be able to file for workers’ compensation as well as a third-party claim against the driver. If you need help with a workers’ compensation claim after a bicycle accident, contact our workers’ compensation lawyers.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Munley Law Now
If you’ve been injured in a bike accident involving a motor vehicle, get the help that you need. With offices throughout Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Philadelphia, Allentown, and Wilkes-Barre, our bike accident attorneys are prepared to fight for rights and get compensation for your bicycle accident injuries. We’ll investigate the accident, discover who truly is at fault, and negotiate a settlement that will help pay for your present and future expenses. If necessary, Munley Law will represent you in court if a settlement cannot be reached.
Don’t wait much longer. If you were involved in a bicycle accident and received major injuries, now is the time to act. Contact the Scranton personal injury lawyers at Munley Law today for a free consultation.