Philadelphia Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries or death.
Bicycle accident cases are different from accidents that only involve cars. The circumstances surrounding an accident, the operation of the striking vehicle, and the manner of the collision determine if a recovery can be made. Many bicycle accidents also occur because a driver is distracted, using their cell phone and failing to pay attention to their surroundings. It is important that the victim of a bicycle accident discuss what happened with an experienced Pennsylvania bike accident attorney so the issues specific to the claim are examined. Our Philadelphia personal injury law firm has litigated cases on behalf of injured bicyclists and we understand the issues that can arise.
If you have been in a bike accident, here are some of the questions you might have.
- What traffic laws apply to bicyclists?
- Do I have to follow the traffic control signs and signals?
- At what speed must I ride the bicycle on the roadway?
- How does my car insurance apply to an injury I sustain on my bike?
- What if the car that struck me was not insured?
- What if I was not wearing a helmet?
One of our personal injury attorneys will be happy to answer any questions that you may have and review your case for free.
What traffic laws apply to bicyclists?
Pennsylvania law dictates that bicyclists are granted both the same rights and responsibilities as a driver of an automobile. Our bicycle accident attorneys are happy to discuss these laws and how they apply to your potential case.
Do I have to follow the traffic control signs and signals?
Even as a bicyclist, all traffic signals must be obeyed in strict accordance with state law. It is also best to use hand and arm signals so that motor vehicles can tell if you will be making a left or right turn or even stopping or decreasing your speed.
At what speed must I ride the bicycle on the roadway?
There is no minimum speed that you must ride your bicycle on a roadway, but the maximum speed limit should be obeyed. However, state law mandates that a bicycle be equipped with brakes that will be able to stop a bike from a speed of 15 mph within 15 feet on dry and level ground.
How does my car insurance apply to an injury I sustain on my bike?
It is possible that a bike rider’s automobile insurance policy will pay for injuries the rider sustains in a bicycle crash caused by someone else. An automobile insurance policy can only cover damages sustained by a bicyclist if it is an automobile that injures them. Sometimes, auto insurance policies that include provisions for medical payments coverage (known as personal injury protection benefits, or “PIP”) will cover expenses; it is also possible that the insurance policy of the party at fault will cover the damages. In Pennsylvania bicyclists are deemed to be in “full tort” if their accident is caused by an automobile, even if they have elected “limited tort” on their insurance policy
What if the car that struck me did not have insurance?
In this case, carrying your own uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage could help cover the damages. If you do not carry insurance either, there may be other sources of insurance available, including Pennsylvania’s Guarantee Fund. A personal injury attorney at Galfand Berger will help to determine what sources of coverage are available to you.
What if I was not wearing a helmet?
We urge you to wear a helmet every time you ride your bike, even though Pennsylvania law does not require you to do so. Anyone 12 or under who is riding a bike or is a passenger on a bike is required by law to wear a helmet, as well as those who are in trailers being towed on bicycles or restrained in a seat attached to the bicycle. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation advises that all bicyclists wear helmets for safety reasons. If you were not wearing a helmet and were in an accident, you may still have a case.
Contact the Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers at Galfand Berger Today
Our attorneys are experienced in representing victims of bike accidents. We are happy to answer any questions and review your case for free. Please call our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.