Many people ride bicycles for fun and for exercise, or even as a heart-healthy and Eco-friendly means of getting from one place to another as part of their daily commute. Cycling can be a great way to take in the scenery around you while getting your heart rate up. However, bicyclists are also arguably among the most vulnerable people on the roadways. While people who drive passenger cars or light trucks are protected by safety belts and air bags in the event of an accident, cyclists may only have the clothes they are wearing and the helmets on their heads, often resulting in serious injuries that leave them in chronic pain even long after their medical condition has been stabilized. If you were hurt in a bicycle accident and want to discuss your legal options with a bicycle accident lawyer, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are available for a free consultation.
Cyclist injury and fatality facts
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes annual reports on crash data involving bicyclists. According to their reports, 818 bicyclists lost their lives in bike accidents during 2015, and a further 45,000 cyclists are estimated to have been injured in crashes that same year. Despite the fact that many cities now have dedicated bicycle paths, the vast majority—more than 70 percent—of fatal bicycle crashes took place in urban areas, and 20 percent of these crashes took place in the evening hours between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The 2012 National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors reported that the leading cause of cyclist injury accidents was being struck by a motor vehicle.
If you are injured
The aftermath of a bike crash can be a traumatic experience, leaving you shocked and not knowing where to turn for help. If you are hurt in a bike accident, the first thing you need to do is get medical attention immediately. Once your condition is stable, document the accident and everything leading up to it to the best of your ability—take photos of injuries, retain copies of medical bills related to injury treatment, and gather contact information from accident witnesses if you can. Then you can contact a bicycle injury attorney to discuss taking legal action against the party that was liable for the accident and your injuries.
We can be your legal advocates if you were hurt in a bike accident
If you need a bicycle accident lawyer in Drexel Hill, the personal injury specialists at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can advocate for you in civil court. We have years of experience in personal injury litigation and offer our services in multiple languages, including Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian. We specialize in handling cases like yours, and we will work hard to help you recover every dime in damages that you are qualified to receive. Contact us today for a cost-free case assessment.