Each year, around 50,000 people are injured in bicycle accidents in the US. Although bikers make up only 1% of travelers, bicycle crashes cause 2% of transportation related injuries. It should be no surprise to anyone who has ridden a bicycle that cyclists are over-represented in accidents that result in injury. Bicyclists, by their very nature, are smaller, less visible, less protected and slower than other vehicles on the road. Bikers are more susceptible to being thrown from the bike and suffering a serious injury when a car or truck makes an unexpected movement.
If you are injured in a bike crash due to the negligence of another motorists or defective street condition, the Wieand Law Firm can help.
Bike Accident Attorneys in Philadelphia – Wieand Law Firm
The Wieand Law Firm has successfully recovered compensation for bicyclists who were injured in a variety of accidents. We aggressively fight for the rights of bikers injured due to:
- Bike crashes involving cars or other vehicles
- Intersectional collisions with cars
- Cyclists hit while riding in the bike lane
- Bikers hit by the door of a car or truck (i.e. cyclists that were “doored”)
- Bike crashes caused by potholes or defective conditions of the street
- Bike accidents involving children
In mosts cases, we have found that accidents involving bikers are caused by inattentive or aggressive motorists. A bike crash is often the result of a sudden and unexpected movement of a car. It may be a sudden right or left turn into the biker, the opening of a car door, or an aggressive driver trying to pass a bike. Whatever the case, if you are injured because of the neglect or recklessness of another motorists, you are entitled to be compensated for your damages.
Our firm is pleased to offer a free consultation to any bicyclist injured in Philadelphia, regardless of the circumstances.
I was Hit by a Car on my Bike. What should I do?
Always seek medical attention if you are injured. If physically capable, you should also preserve evidence of the accident while at the scene.
It is important to take down the license plate number of any vehicle involved as soon as possible! If it’s a Philadelphia taxicab, get the PUC number. If you’re struck by a bus take down all information available including company name, route and operators name.
Call 911/ police so that there is a government record of the crash. This is important because a bike crash victim will preserve their rights by reporting the crash at the scene. By failing to do so, you may lose your rights. If you did not report the accident, your lawyer can provide you with a form that you can fill out to file a report.
Take down the name and contact information of any bystander who witnessed the accident, or events before or after the bike crash. Good witnesses (or lack thereof) may make or break your case. Take pictures of the accident scene before moving your bike or the vehicles. Take photographs of any damage to the vehicle or your bicycle. In addition, look around to see if there is a surveillance camera in the area which may have captured the accident on film. It is crucial to get video surveillance footage quickly since it is often only saved for a short period of time.
Can I get Compensation If I’m Hurt in a Bike Crash?
Cyclists who are hit by an automobile in Pennsylvania, are entitled to have their accident relate medical bills paid through what is known as PIP or “Personal Injury Protection” benefits.
In addition, you can seek compensation for other expenses from the at fault driver, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Scars and disfigurement
- Repair and replacement of your bicycle
- Lost earnings and loss of earnings capacity
Free / Confidential Legal Consultation
To discuss your bicycle accident claim with an experienced trial lawyer, call the Wieand Law Firm at 1(800) 481-5206. We are proud to serve residents of Philadelphia, PA, and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.