Posted October 3, 2016 | Personal Injury
Knowing about the common causes of bicycle crashes may help you avoid an injury in the future. Unfortunately, in many cases, there is little a cyclist can do to avoid being injured, because other drivers are often at fault for causing accidents. A Philadelphia bicycle accident lawyer may be able to help you get compensated if you are hit by a car while cycling in Pennsylvania. However, the information contained in this article will hopefully reduce the likelihood that you or a loved one gets injured while biking.
Bicycle accidents are less common than car accidents, but are likely to result in wrongful death or catastrophic injury when they do occur. While vehicle passengers are protected by seatbelts and airbags, which help reduce the risk of death or personal injury, the only protection cyclists have is a helmet, which, though effective at preventing head injuries, can do nothing to prevent injuries to the legs, arms, back, or other parts of the body.
It’s clear that cycling accidents can lead to serious physical harm. The question is, what are the leading causes and contributing factors to bicycle-related injuries in Pennsylvania? A report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation provides some answers.
Unfortunately, a sizeable portion of Pennsylvania bike accidents are caused by other vehicles, which cyclists cannot always predict or avoid. According to the PennDOT report, 404 out of the 1,272 total bicycle crashes (about 31.8%) involved another vehicle. Most of these vehicles were passenger cars (225), followed by light trucks (167), heavy trucks (five), motorcycles (three), and commercial buses (two). There was not a single instance of a bicycle-on-bicycle collision.
The data also reveals another alarming piece of information: not a single bicycle accident in 2015 resulted in property damage only. Every last crash that was reported in 2015 caused an injury or fatality, suggesting that riding a bike may be even more dangerous than motorcycling.
If you, your child, or one of your family members was hurt in a bicycle accident in Pennsylvania, call personal injury attorney Brent at the Wieand Law Firm, LLC at (888) 789-3161 to confidentially discuss the legal options that may be available to you in a free consultation. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses, including hospital bills and lost earnings.
*Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC is based in Philadelphia, PA, and proud to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.*