Regardless of how careful you are when riding your bicycle, accidents still happen. In some cases, a driver, pedestrian, property owner, or manufacturer is responsible for your accident and subsequent injuries. If so, you have the right to file a claim against the at-fault party and recover your damages.
Contact Berger and Green Attorneys to see if a Clearfield bicycle accident lawyer may be able to help you with your case. We may negotiate a settlement with the insurance company for fair compensation. To find out more about our legal services, call (412) 661-1400 for a free legal evaluation.
Liability for Bicycle Accidents
In Pennsylvania, any party or entity that contributes to your bicycle accident can be held liable for your injuries. Some examples of negligent parties include:
There are numerous ways that a driver can cause a bicycle accident. Your injuries may have been caused by a head-on collision, open door, sudden turn, speeding, or a traffic violation. A drunk driver or one engaging in distracted driving may not have realized you were there.
In Pennsylvania, pedestrians have a responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and practice caution when walking in areas where people ride bicycles. A pedestrian who jaywalks or jumps out in traffic may cause you to swerve and crash.
Manufacturers have a duty to build bikes that are safe and dependable. A malfunction can render you helpless on your bike if you are trying to brake, peddle, or turn. If you have a crash as a result of a defective product, the manufacturer may be liable for your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Clearfield, call (412) 661-1400
Type of Bicycle Accident That May Qualify for Compensation
A bicyclist can often be overlooked because the bicycle is thin, small, and quiet. Some causes of accident include:
- Distracted drivers
- Potholes or other road defects
- Failure to yield
- Distracted pedestrians
- Manufacturer defects
When accidents occur, they often leave the cyclist vulnerable to severe injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This can lead to high medical bills or lost pay due to being away from work. Regardless of the conditions that led to your accident, you do not have to take on the insurance company alone.
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Our Attorneys Can Handle Bicycle Accidents
At Berger and Green, our legal team may help you with our comprehensive legal services on a contingency-fee-basis.
Full Legal Consultation
In a bicycle accident, it is important that you understand your legal rights and all options for pursuing compensation. Our attorneys provide legal counsel to bicycle accident victims. We can help determine if your injuries warrant a claim.
Engage with All Parties on Your Behalf
We contact all relevant parties such as the insurance company, law enforcement, eyewitnesses, expert witnesses, and the at-fault party’s lawyer on your behalf. We provide full representation in all situations so that you don’t have to do it yourself.
Obtain Evidence and Relevant Documents
The insurance company will want proof of liability and the value of your case. Our legal team investigates your case and obtain evidence such as police/accident reports, camera footage, eyewitness accounts, expert testimony, and medical reports.
File a Lawsuit in Court
If the insurance company rejects your claim or the at-fault denies responsibility for your accident, then you may have the option of filing a lawsuit. We can take your case to court and represent you to present your case in front of the judge.
You should never have to face those who are responsible for your injuries by yourself. Call our law firm today at (412) 661-1400 to get started right away.
How Your Bike Accident Compensation Is Calculated
Instead of accepting the first settlement offer from the insurance company, we can help you calculate your damages to see what your case is really worth. We look at both economic and noneconomic damages.
- Emergency medical services
- Lost pay due to recovery
- Lost earning capacity/disability
- Long-term medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of joy of life
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
Wrongful Death Damages:
- Burial costs
- Funeral/ceremonial costs
- Pre-death medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
- Loss of household income
- Loss of consortium/parental support
It is impossible to give you an exact figure of what your case is worth. We look at all of your economic and noneconomic damages to determine the extent of your losses and provide documentation to support your claim.
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Bicycle Accident Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania
According to Title 42 § 5524, Pennsylvania imposes a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, including bicycle accidents. Therefore, if someone else is responsible for your bicycle accident, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Your Berger and Green bicycle accident lawyer may help you fill out the paperwork and submit all documents within the statute. We may also ensure that you follow all regulations and deadlines throughout your case.
Call Berger and Green
The legal team at Berger and Green are dedicated to helping you get the compensation that appropriately reflects your losses. Our lawyers may represent you to help you fight for a fair settlement. To find out more, call our law firm at (412) 661-1400 for a free case assessment.