Philadelphia Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Even a low-speed accident with a pedestrian or bicyclist can cause serious personal injuries. It is every driver’s duty to pay attention to the road and follow local laws to prevent collisions. Bicycles and pedestrians are not as visible as an automobile and a common cause of accidents is a driver’s failure to be aware of his surroundings.
Unfortunately, thousands of vulnerable road users like pedestrians and bicyclists suffer injuries due to negligent drivers every year. The odds of catastrophic and fatal injuries are higher in victims of these crashes.
According to government statistics, approximately 6,000 pedestrians are killed each year in traffic crashes in the United States with an estimated 137,000 pedestrians treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries. In 2018, a total of 854 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles, up seven percent from the year before.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the rules of the road require the driver of a motor vehicle passing a bicyclist in the same direction to pass to the left of the bicyclist within not less than four feet at a careful and prudent speed. The driver of a vehicle is also required to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. When drivers fail to follow these rules, the results can be devastating.
Our office has successfully resolved dozens pedestrian and bicycle accident cases. We have the experience and resources to investigate the accident to determine if you have a viable claim. If the defendant disputes liability for the accident, we can retain an accident reconstruction expert to show a jury what happened.
If you or a family member has been hit by a vehicle while a pedestrian or while riding a bicycle, we can help. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation and to review your legal options.