If you live in West Chester, you know that it is a beautiful city to see. When you have the time, you can really take in the history of the whole place, but that’s hard to do from a vehicle. Sometimes, you just feel like taking a bike ride.
People get on bikes for many reasons. Some do it for exercise while others use it as their main mode of transportation. Regardless of why you use a bike, we know you take steps to be safe when you ride. Unfortunately, accidents happen and sometimes they aren’t you fault. If you’ve been in an accident when you were out riding, you may need a bicycle accident attorney in West Chester. Let the Dan Doyle Law Group help you figure out what to do next.
According to the latest statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, bicycle crashes represented 1 percent of total crashes in the state and 1.8 percent of the fatalities. While that may not seem like many, when we dig deeper into the numbers, we can see that the number of fatalities rose from previous years. We also know that those in the 5 to 14 age range are the most vulnerable.
When a vehicle impacts someone on a bike, the damage can be severe. Our bodies do not have much protection against being hit by a vehicle or the ground. The most common types of injuries include bone dislocations and fractures as well as soft tissue damage. Sometimes, bicycle accidents can cause severe internal injuries or head injuries which can have long-lasting consequences. Even when a rider wears a helmet, they are not completely protected from vehicles that weight thousands of pounds.
Even if you try to ride safely, you can’t control the actions of other drivers. If a vehicle driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol or is driving while distracted, they are much more likely to hit someone on a bicycle. Sometimes, a vehicle driver turns through intersections when they don’t have the right-of-way and strikes a bicyclist.
We don’t want someone else’s negligence to impact your life forever.
If you or a loved one have been in a bicycle accident, seek immediate medical attention for any injuries, even if they seem minor. Some internal injuries may not show symptoms until hours after the initial impact. Notify the police and make sure you keep all reports related to the accident. You will probably hear from the other driver’s insurance company soon after the accident, but don’t speak with them until you know all of your rights and options.
You may need a bicycle accident attorney in West Chester. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we can help you sift through medical records, accident reports, insurance documents, and, if need be, footage of the accident. Let us handle the insurance companies. We don’t want you to suffer any more than your already have.