The Philadelphia Accident Investigation Division reports that although there are more bicycles than ever on the roads, the number of bicycle accidents with or without injury went down slightly from 2015 to 2016. The year 2015 saw almost 700 crashes in which nine people died. There were only three bicycle accident fatalities in 2016 out of 600 collisions involving bicycles and cars. Unlike those riding in cars or trucks, cyclists have very little to protect them in the event of a crash. This makes bicyclists more likely to suffer severe and disabling injuries. Cyclists who have been injured in a crash caused by another driver’s negligence are advised to contact an experienced accident lawyer without delay.
Road Rules for Bicycles
- Cyclists must follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicle drivers. Bicycle riders must stop at red lights and stop signs and yield to pedestrians. They can even be pulled over for driving under the influence.
- In stopped traffic, a bicyclist is required to dismount and walk their bike.
- Bicycles are not permitted on sidewalks unless the rider is 12-years-old or younger.
- Where bike lanes exist next to car lanes, cyclists may legally choose to also use the full lane for safety’s sake if an obstacle is blocking the bike path. Cyclists should be aware of cars that may be parked illegally in bike lanes or of vehicles that may be standing in the bike lane while loading and unloading.
Bicycle Accident Tips
- Call 911 to summon the police to the scene and obtain a police report. This should include the driver’s name and date of birth, contact and insurance information, license plate of the vehicle, and names and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
- Note the name of the police officer and his or her badge number.
- Request an incident report making sure that the report details the identity of the driver and their vehicle. Even in accidents where a cyclist is severely injured, this information is often not included unless you specifically ask for it.
- Write your own personal description of the accident, take clear photos of bike damage and any personal injuries and get an estimate for repairs – you will need these for insurance purposes.
- Contact a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer with experience handling bicycle accident cases before giving any statements to an insurance adjuster.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Victims of Bicycle Accidents
If you have been in a traffic accident in a car or on a bike, you can depend on the experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit. Call us at 215-569-8488 or contact us online. We have offices in Wilmington, Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, we’re here to serve injured victims.