Riding a bicycle is something that most of us learn and never forget. However, when you ride you know how important it is to ride carefully. If the negligence of another person has caused you to harm and you need a bicycle accident lawyer, we are here to help.
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we want to make sure that you are taken care of. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will get to work on investigating your crash and securing the compensation you need now.
How do these crashes happen?
People ride their bikes for various reasons. Some for exercise and leisure, others as a way to get to work or the store. We know that bicyclists are often ignored by drivers on the roadway. Vehicle drivers simply do not give cyclists the respect and space they deserve. All too often, we see bicycle versus vehicle crashes happen in areas where the cyclist had the right-of-way:
- At intersections with a green light
- Inside of legal crosswalks
- On sidewalks or bike paths
- On the roadways that cyclists are legally allowed to use
- In parking lots
We know that many of these crashes are caused by the extreme negligence of a driver. This can include alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers, those who are distracted by their electronic devices, and drivers who willfully disregard speed limits and other traffic laws.
- The average passenger vehicle weighs 4,000 pounds.
It is important that negligent drivers are held responsible when they cause injuries to bicyclists. It is not uncommon for us to see the following in the aftermath of these crashes:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Bicycle crash victims often need multiple medical procedures or surgeries to survive. Recovery can be grueling and include long periods of rehabilitation. In many cases, a bicycle crash victim is unable to return to work. This can lead to a loss of income, money that they need to support themselves and their families.
What are the statistics for our area?
For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, we see that nearly every bicycle crash resulted in an injury or fatality. There were:
- 1,127 bicyclist injuries
- 21 bicyclist fatalities
Children aged 5 to 14 were the most vulnerable to injuries for that year, suffering over one-fifth of the injuries.
Moving forward after a bike crash
We know that you do what you can to be safe when you are riding your bike. We also know that you teach your kids about bike safety. However, if you or a loved one are injured due to the negligence of another person, please seek legal assistance immediately.
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we are ready to get to work on securing compensation for:
- All of your medical expenses related to the crash
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against the negligent party