Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Lawsuit
Philadelphia – Harrisburg – Scranton – Pittsburgh – Erie – Pennsylvania
When a bicycle and a car crash, the cyclist is always going to come out worse. Each year, over forty thousand people are injured when bicycles and cars collide with each other. In terms of accident rate per mile traveled, serious bike accidents are also more common than serious car accidents. It is the obligation of automobile drivers to keep their eyes open for bike riders so they can avoid hitting them. If you were riding a bike and hit by a negligent car driver, contact the bicycle accident lawyers at Lowenthal & Abrams for help obtaining the right compensation for your injuries.
In order to get a sense of the danger that exists for cyclists on the road, there are a number of important statistics to consider. These statistics are the most recent available, from 2013.
- 743 people were killed in fatal bicycle/automobile collisions. This number is slightly up from 734 in 2012.
- 2.3 percent of all car and bike collisions are fatal for the cyclist.
- Children are more likely to be seriously injured than anyone else when it comes to bike accidents, as a result, it is crucial that they be kept safe through helmet use and proper instruction on road safety. In fact, in Pennsylvania, children under 12 are required to wear helmets.
- Children under 15 represent 7% of all bicycle fatalities.
- The people most likely to be injured in a bicycle accident are those between 20 and 34 years old, probably because they have the most bikes and ride the most frequently on busy roads.
- Most deaths involving bicycle accidents are those within the age range of 55-59.
- Most deadly bicycle crashes occur at non-intersections. 57% to 34%.
- Most deadly bike accidents occur in urban areas, such as Philadelphia. In fact, 68% of cyclists killed were killed in urban areas, versus 32% in rural areas. The 2013 numbers are very similar to the 2012 numbers, with just a 1% difference.
- Men are substantially more likely to be killed in a bicycle crash, with a 4.14% fatality rate per accident, than women, who have a .6% fatality rate per crash.
Types of Injuries
Unfortunately, serious injuries often result from bike accidents, especially when the accident involves a car. Injuries often include
Avoiding Deadly Bike Crashes
There are a number of steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of a bike crash, or to increase your chances of surviving if you are involved in a bike accident.
- Make sure the bike fits you properly. Don’t choose a bike that is difficult for you to control.
- Children should be taught to properly ride their bikes and closely supervised.
- Wear bright clothing at all times so you can easily be seen by motorists
- At night, use a front headlight and a rear red light. Add reflective tape to clothing. Never wear dark clothing while riding at night.
- Bikes should share the road properly. A negligent bike rider is responsible for any injuries he causes. Do not ride on sidewalks. Do not cut off cars, do not run red lights or stop signs. Obey road laws.
- Cars should share the road properly with bikes too. Watch out for cyclists. Given them plenty of space when you pass them. Watch out when you are turning to make sure there is not a bike in the lane. Don’t use bike lanes except when it is proper to do so for turning purposes. Watch out when opening car doors.
- Bikes should also beware of pedestrians. A bike rider who hits a pedestrian can cause serious injuries to both himself and the walker.
- Watch out for problems with the road. Potholes and other issues can result in being thrown from the bike. Failure to keep a road safe can result in municipal liability.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, he or she may be entitled to financial compensation. To discuss your case in more detail with one of our experienced Pennsylvania bicycle accident attorneys at Lowenthal & Abrams, contact us at 800-876-5922.