If you were injured in a bicycle accident as a result of another’s negligence, do not wait to reach out ot our firm today to speak with our experienced personal injury attorneys.
What are the common causes of bicycle accidents in Pennsylvania?
There are a number of causes of bicycle accidents, however, one of the greatest reasons can be traced to negligence. Bicyclists can be hurt by drivers that are not obeying the rules of the road. Bicycle accidents are very serious and can result in injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, lacerations, paralysis, and more. Some of the negligent acts that can cause bicycle accidents to include, and are not limited to the following:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Careless and reckless car maneuvers
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to obey traffic signs and laws
If you were severely injured in a bicycle accident because of another’s negligence, do not hesitate to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney to learn more about your options and to obtain the compensation you deserve and need to heal and move forward.
What steps should I take after a bicycle accident?
If you were hurt in a bicycle accident and would like to pursue legal action, it is important to acquire as much evidence as possible. If you are able, follow these steps after your accident:
- Call 911. The police will file an incident report and send out an ambulance to the scene of the accident.
- You should also move the bicycle off of the road to stop additional accidents and injuries.
- Try to evade contact with the driver involved. Do not apologize, accept blame, or negotiate.
- Collect contact information from any witnesses to the accident. If anyone saw the incident occur, they may be able to verify your version of the events.
- Take pictures and videos of the scene of the accident. Document your injuries, the damage to the bike, the car, and any other property involved.
- Seek medical attention to ensure your injuries are adequately treated. Ask your doctor to supply you with medical documentation displaying the origin and severity of your injuries.
- Reach out to an experienced attorney to help you obtain further evidence including security camera footage and police reports.
How long do I have to file a claim for bicycle accidents?
If you would like to seek legal action after a bicycle accident, you will have two years from the date of your accident to file your claim. In the state of Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is two years, which means that if you fail to file within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose the ability to recover the compensation you deserve. As you can see, personal injury claims are time-sensitive. Give Friedman Schuman a call today to avoid missing any important deadlines for your case.
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