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Bicycle Accidents

Many Pennsylvania residents utilize bicycles as a method of transportation to get to and from work, a form of exercise, or for simple leisure. Pennsylvania law states that every person riding a bicycle (legally referred to as a pedalcycle) upon a roadway is granted all of the rights and subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle. However, drivers of automobiles are expected to comply with certain laws for the safety of bicyclists, including:

  • Motorists must provide a buffer zone of at least four feet between their vehicles and bicycles when passing.
  • On roadways with a single travel lane, bicyclists are allowed to use any portion of the lane to avoid potential hazards such as stopped and parked cars.
  • Drivers are required to yield the right of way to bicyclists traveling in the opposite direction.
  • Motorists are prohibited from forcing bicyclists off of the road.

A person riding a bicycle is not afforded the same level of protection as any occupant of a motor vehicle. Thus, any collision between the two will frequently result in extremely serious injuries to the bicyclist. Victims in bicycle crashes can suffer extremely serious injuries such as fractured skulls, vertebrae damage, herniated discs, or much more debilitating brain, neck, or back injuries that require several years of recovery. Many people are unable to ever regain their full physical abilities.

Many of these types of collisions or accidents are caused by drivers who were acting negligently. A motorist may have been speeding, driving aggressively, or distracted while driving. Violations of Pennsylvania law or other unsafe behaviors will make the person operating the automobile negligent and liable for the damages that result.

West Chester Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Because the driver of the motor vehicle is usually at fault in these types of cases, the damages he or she caused will often be covered under his or her automobile insurance policy. If the driver was not insured, then the victim may still be able to obtain compensation through his or her own insurance policy. In either scenario, the insurance company will likely try to minimize the amount paid by claiming the bicyclist’s own negligence contributed to or even caused his or her injuries.

Our bike accident attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices work as a team to fight for injured bicyclists. Our firm handles these cases on a contingency fee basis so victims never have to worry about paying us any fees unless we help them recover monetary awards.

Bike accidents are one exception to Pennsylvania's limited tort law. If you have limited tort coverage, you would normally be limited in your ability to pursue damages for pain and suffering unless you were the victim of a "serious injury." However, if you were on a bicycle and were injured, you may seek damages as though you had full tort coverage.

If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in any kind of bicycle crash, let our bicycle accident attorneys review your case by calling (610) 719-3190 to take advantage of a free consultation. We help people in Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, and Lancaster County.