Pedaling Towards Compensation: Navigating Bicycle Accident Cases
April 6, 2023
Bicyclists are among the most vulnerable road users, often facing serious injuries when involved in accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, understanding your legal rights and the steps to pursue compensation is crucial. In this comprehensive guide, we'll discuss the challenges of bicycle accident cases and how The Town Law LLC can help you navigate the legal process to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can result from various factors, with some of the most common causes being:
Failure to yield at intersections or crosswalks
Dooring (when a parked car's door is opened into the path of a bicyclist)
Poor road conditions or maintenance
Defective bicycle components
Establishing Liability in Bicycle Accident Cases
To successfully pursue compensation in a bicycle accident case, you must prove that another party was negligent and that their negligence caused your injuries. Key elements to establish negligence include:
Duty of care: The at-fault party (e.g., a motorist or municipality) owed you a duty of care to act responsibly and avoid causing harm.
Breach of duty: The at-fault party failed to uphold their duty of care, such as by driving recklessly or failing to maintain safe road conditions.
Causation: The at-fault party's breach of duty directly caused the bicycle accident and your resulting injuries.
Damages: You incurred damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, due to the accident.
Comparative Negligence in Bicycle Accident Cases
Pennsylvania follows a modified comparative negligence system, which means that if you are found partially at fault for the accident, your compensation may be reduced by your percentage of fault. However, if you are more than 50% at fault, you will be barred from recovering damages.
Statute of Limitations for Bicycle Accident Claims
In Pennsylvania, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. Missing this deadline may result in losing your right to pursue compensation.
How The Town Law LLC Can Help
Navigating the legal process for bicycle accident cases can be complex and overwhelming. The Town Law LLC is committed to providing comprehensive legal representation and guidance throughout your case, including:
Investigating the accident to determine liability
Gathering evidence to support your claim
Communicating with insurance companies on your behalf
Negotiating a fair settlement
Representing you in court if necessary
Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries and long-lasting consequences. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, The Town Law LLC is here to help protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case and learn more about how our experienced personal injury attorneys can guide you through the legal process.