Lancaster Bicycle Accident Lawyer
When I was a kid, I rode my bicycle everywhere. I remember the freedom of riding around town in Ephrata, New Holland, Lititz, and other areas. As an adult, I still enjoy riding my bicycle. It’s an enjoyable activity for many people. But, when you get into a bicycle crash that can change. A Lancaster bicycle accident lawyer can help you take back your life.
We hate the word “accident” when describing a crash. Most crashes happen because at least one person wasn’t following the rules of the road. Bicycle accidents aren’t any different. Often, bicycle injuries are more expensive than vehicle accidents.
Bicycle Crash Injury
Bicycle injuries have a cascade effect. You get injured riding your bicycle. Then, you aren’t able to go to work. But, the medical bills keep piling up. You need help getting the money to get your life back on track. Some bicycle injuries need ongoing medical treatment.
Bicycle Accidents Caused By A Vehicle
Cars and trucks do a lot of damage to bicyclists. In the US alone, the CDC reports in 2015 over 1,000 bicyclists died. They also state about 467,000 bicyclists were injured. It’s estimated medical costs and productivity losses are over $10 billion each year.
We’ve seen many kinds of bicycle accidents caused by motorists. Common driving mistakes that lead to crashes include:
- driving too close
- cutting the bicycle off
- near hit
- turning left, right, or pulling out in front of a bicyclist
- collision at intersection
- vehicle entering traffic from a parking spot
- driving through a stop sign or red light
- failure to look both ways
- driving while intoxicated
- distracted driving
What To Do After A Bicycle Crash
Always report the crash to the police. If you have an injury, seek medical attention or call an ambulance. Even if you think everything is okay, file a police report to protect yourself. Take pictures of the scene if it is safe to do so. Get pictures of your bike and any injuries you have.
Get information from the driver and any witnesses:
- phone numbers
- license plate
- vehicle description
- insurance information (take a picture and write it down)
- driver’s license (take a picture and write it down)
Gathering evidence and information can help your bicycle accident case. Call a bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after the crash to preserve evidence.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Even minor accidents can lead to major hospital bills. The size of a motor vehicle compared to a bicycle leaves the cyclist at a disadvantage. Severe injury or death can happen, even in small collisions. Common bicycle injuries include:
- bruises, cuts, scrapes
- road rash
- broken bones
- spinal injury
- head or brain injury
- permanent injury
- wrongful death
When To Call A Lancaster Bicycle Accident Lawyer
After an accident that wasn’t your fault, you should contact a lawyer to protect your rights. If you live in Pennsylvania and were in a bicycle accident, call a local injury lawyer. A Lancaster bicycle accident lawyer at Haggerty & Silverman can help you.
Lancaster Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The team at Haggerty & Silverman has been helping people like you since 1994. We provide free consultations to discuss your situation. You don’t pay us anything unless we recover money for you. Call or text us at 717-397-3200. Or, use our online form to schedule a free bicycle accident consultation.
Our office is in downtown in Lancaster, PA. If you’re too injured to come to us, we can come to you at home or the hospital.