Bicycle Accident Cases In Philadelphia: What To Know And How To Recover In Court
For over 100 years, cars and bicycles have been at odds with each other: attempting to navigate the roads together while avoiding mishaps and injuries. Unfortunately, the consequences of sharing the roads can be dangerous and even deadly for bicyclists. Deaths and injuries among bicyclists in Philadelphia are usually associated with aggressive driving and loss of control by drivers on congested streets. In 2021, 8 bicyclists were killed on Philadelphia streets – the highest number in over 20 years.
The shocking deaths of bicyclists in Philadelphia are indicative of a broader problem that cyclists face in this area. Careless and reckless driving contribute to many serious injuries that can have long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences.
Injuries to bicyclists can be caused not only by drivers of standard autos, but by city buses, municipal vehicles, other bicyclists, or defects in the road. Some causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Careless or reckless driving, speeding, distracted driving, or driving while impaired
- Drivers failing to signal at intersections, or failing to yield
- Bicyclists failing to yield to other bikers
- Road defects such as potholes, openings, or uneven pavement
- Double parking in a bike lane
- Negligently-placed construction materials, or other misplaced items
Proving Negligence in a Bicycle Accident Case
To bring a case to court and win, a Plaintiff must show that the other person (or entity) had a duty of care to others, and they failed to follow that duty. For example, a driver has a duty to follow traffic signals and watch for others around them, including those in bike lanes. A construction crew or road workers have a duty to keep equipment and materials out of the public’s way, unless proper warnings or markings are in place.
If the Defendant breached a duty of care, the Plaintiff must then show a causal connection between their act (or failure to act) and the injury they suffered. In some cases this is obvious (a driver runs a stop sign and collides with a bicyclist). In others, causation may be more difficult to prove and expert testimony may be required. Either way, an injured bicyclist stands a better chance of recovery with an experienced Philadelphia bicycle accident attorney at their side.
Financial Recovery in a Bicycle Accident Claim
A bicyclist injured by another person’s negligence has standing to sue for financial compensation, as well as damages for pain and suffering. Money damages typically include medical expenses, lost wages due to the injury (and future lost wages), and other financial costs stemming from the incident. Unfortunately, many bicyclists injured by vehicles on Philadelphia’s streets may not have health insurance at all to help with medical costs. Or they are in a lower income category where medical bills can cause financial ruin once they add up. In these and any bicycle injury case, it is critical that victims have their say through the legal process and seek fair compensation.
The Bicycle Accident Injury Attorneys at Green & Schafle Are Here For You
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, our legal team at Green & Schafle can review the facts involved and discuss your legal options with you. You may be entitled to substantial financial recovery based on the situation of your case. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Philadelphia bicycle accident attorneys for a free consultation.