We know that people ride their bikes for many different reasons. Some of you are leisure or exercise riders, taking in the beautiful surroundings our area has to offer. Others use their bicycles to commute to and from work.
Regardless of how often you use your bike, there are dangers on and around the roadway that cyclists face on a daily basis. Do you know what to do if you are injured while riding and it is due to someone else’s negligent actions?
When you need a Chester bicycle accident attorney, you can count on the team at Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to secure the compensation you deserve.
It is no surprise that people in and around Chester enjoy getting out on their bikes. We see plenty of leisure riders out all the time getting some fresh air. Other people use their bikes to get to and from work.
We know that most people do everything they can to stay safe when they are out riding, staying conscious of who is around them. Many wear a helmet. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of the people around you.
For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were 1,141 bicycle accidents. While the number of accidents has remained steady over the last five years, the number of fatalities jumped significantly. We know that the most vulnerable group when it comes to bicycle accidents and injuries are those aged 5 to 14-years old.
Why do these accidents happen?
Most of the time, negligent driving behavior is to blame.
- Drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Distracted drivers (cell phones, other devices, people in the vehicle)
- Speeding or aggressive drivers
Often, we see these accidents take place in places where bicyclists have the right-of-way like intersections or bike paths.
Even if a rider is wearing a helmet, many injuries are not preventable in some cases. Unfortunately, injuries from bicycle accidents are particularly devastating. Consider the following common bicycle accident injuries:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Major soft tissue damage
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head or brain trauma
All of these injuries require emergency medical treatment that can become very costly, especially if surgery and rehabilitation are necessary.
In The Aftermath
If you get injured in a bicycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, your focus needs to be on healing, not wondering how you will cover all of your expenses. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we will handle insurance companies and other parties involved so you can focus on what is important. We will work hard to secure compensation for the following:
- All accident-related medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages