Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Lawyer
In 2010‚ cyclist deaths on Pennsylvania roadways reached a five-year high. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s accident data showed 21 cyclist deaths and a staggering 1‚474 injuries – also a five-year high. Failure to recognize the rights of cyclists is part of the problem behind the spike in injuries and deaths for this population. Because cyclists are not pedestrians‚ and can’t legally ride on sidewalks‚ they receive all rights‚ privileges and responsibilities shared by motorists. When cyclists sustain injuries in accidents with motor vehicles‚ Pennsylvania cyclist accident attorneys aggressively defend their rights to compensation.
Cyclists in the Big City
Commuting to work in a big city like Philadelphia requires constant vigilance on the part of both cyclists and motorists. Sharing the road isn’t just essential‚ it’s part of Pennsylvania’s bicycle laws. All drivers must give cyclists four feet of clearance from the curb when passing. Failing to do so can result in a fine as well as other traffic offenses‚ if an accident occurs. Philadelphia has the nation’s largest population of cyclists who commute to work‚ according to the Bicycle Coalition.
Center City Philadelphia is home to a large number of cyclists commuting to work through the area’s narrow streets. There’s a high risk for accidents in this area‚ especially when drivers don’t pay attention to riders sharing the road. Photo Credit: Philadelphia Weekly
The Ride of Silence
The Ride of Silence is an annual bike ride commemorating the lives of cyclists lost due to accidents in the Philadelphia area and across the country. Cyclists participating in the ride travel a predetermined route passing by deadly accident sites from the previous year. The first ride in Philadelphia took place in 2005 when the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department threw support behind the movement. The ride stresses how serious cycling accidents can be even if they occupy a small portion of larger crash data for a given area. Across the country‚ 70 percent of deadly collisions involving cyclists were in urban areas like Philadelphia‚ according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Our cyclist accident attorneys in Pennsylvania actively support the efforts of cycling organizations and nonprofits like the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for raising awareness about the dangers cyclists face when riding through congested areas.
Between 200 and 300 cyclists participated in last year’s Ride of Silence through downtown Philadelphia. Pennsylvania law requires all riders 12-years-old and over to ride in the street.
Photo Credit: Bicycle Coalition
Rights of Cyclists in Pennsylvania
Cyclists involved in accidents with automobiles are at significant risk for serious injuries and death. These riders have just as much right to the road as any motor vehicle‚ and pay dearly when drivers choose to disobey traffic laws. Drivers are just as at fault for causing accidents with cyclists as they are for colliding with other motor vehicles. At Console & Hollawell‚ our cyclist accident lawyers in Pennsylvania pursue at-fault drivers who cause these crashes as relentlessly as any other accident case.
Our firm has a nearly 20-year history of obtaining maximum compensation for our clients‚ including cyclists. Our dedicated‚ compassionate representation can help you win the funds necessary to pay for your medical bills resulting from your accident and to replace your damaged property. Call us today at (215) 225-2040 for a free‚ private consultation regarding your claim. Our attorneys will explain your rights and options to pursue those responsible for damages. Just because you were hurt‚ doesn’t mean you can’t fight back.