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Spring Biking Is Here!

Spring is finally here! That means many more people will be outside enjoying the weather and riding their bicycles.  However, this also means that these same people are at a higher risk for accident and injury on the road.  According to some reports, about half a million people each year need medical treatment as a result of of bike accidents, and almost a thousand people die each year. Most of these deaths are the result of a brain injury.  In general, many of these accidents involve a brain injury too, some of which are difficult or impossible to fully recover from.  


So, how can you keep yourself safe while out biking?


  • Obviously, wearing a helmet should be a top priority!
  • Make sure your bike is safe to ride.  Check out the tires, seats, brakes, and chain frequently.
  • Place reflectors on your bike so you can be seen from all angles. 
  • Make sure you leave plenty of space between cars--both moving and parked--when riding! Even if a car isn't in motion, you don't want to be hit if someone opens their car door near you.

 
Throughout the warmer months and through the end of fall, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving around, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.


Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.


Thank you to Loyola University Chicago for the helpful tips! Read more about bicycle safety on their website.

Biking, Motorcycle, Pedestrian Deaths in PA Are Preventable

It's not so safe to be a pedestrian or bicyclist in our state sometimes.  A review of recent PennDOT statistics shed light into just how many accidents occur on our state's roads and byways per year.  Using statistics from 2014 accidents, our law office found the following information:

  • There were 166 pedestrian deaths and almost 4,000 pedestrian injuries
  • While out biking on our state's roads, almost 20 bicyclists were killed and about another 1,300 were injured
  • Motorcyclists suffered their share of injuries (3,207) and deaths (187), too 

The saddest part is that these statistics are completely preventable if we all take some care on our roads.  When you're out at night, whether walking or biking, always remember to wear bright and reflective clothing! Carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp to further increase your visibility.  Signal where you're going so nearby drivers have an idea of where you're headed.  

If you're driving, make sure to give these people their space! Don't follow them or drive near them at a high rate of speed, and share the road.  Obviously, don't do any of these activities drunk or under the influence of any type of drug.  

Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your potential personal injury claim, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

State College Is Officially Bike Friendly!

Our fingers are crossed for State College and the surrounding areas! According to a report from the Daily Collegian, the area is up for renewal for an official state "bike-friendly designation".  Other officially designated bike-friendly communities in the state include Pittsburgh, Reading, and York. The State College area is hoping to obtain a silver-level designation, which would be an improvement from their current bronze level status.  Within the article, it is stated that the community is on board with this idea, and even started a mandatory driver's education course at the State College Area High School that has extensive study on bike safety.  Some businesses in the community have also reached bike-friendly status as well, and officially support this initiative.  

Throughout the warmer months and through the end of fall, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving around, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.

Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

For more within the original Daily Collegian article, please click here:

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/borough/article_2323ec0c-958e-11e6-9a84-17ccb20760df.html

Bicyclist Safety Questionable in PA

Recently, PennLive.com posted a very relevant and interesting article about the state of bicycle safety in Pennsylvania. Recently, a man in Pittsburgh was killed while biking home from the South Side docks.  In the aftermath of his death, public commentary has begun about the state of bicyclist safety in our area and state.  Pennsylvania has seen some of the largest growth in bicycle traffic in the nation.  However, many of our bicycle rules and policies are arguably outdated and dangerous, according to some people.  


Many bicyclist advocates argue that Pennsylvania, especially in the cities, does not have enough bike lanes and/or doesn't provide enough room for biking traffic. This leads to dangers for bicyclists and everyone else who shares the road with them.   


According to the PennLive article, "the number of commuters using bicycles to get to work jumped by as much as 60 percent nationwide between 2004 and 2014. Pennsylvania's share of that increase was also among the highest of any state."   Additionally, a research study highlighted that "while 34 percent of Americans age three or older rode a bike at least once in 2014, 52 percent of U.S. adults worry about being hit by a car while riding." It should be noted that a  "safe passing" law was put into effect in 2012 that requires drivers to allow cyclists a four feet barrier while passing them. 


During the warmer months and into fall, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving around, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.


Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.


To read more from the original PennLive article, please click here:
http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/09/pittsburgh_cyclists_death_high.html

What To Do After A Bike Accident

So you've been in a bike crash. It's scary, disorienting, and you're not sure what to do next. What are some good steps to take post-crash? Take a look at these tips:


  • Make sure to get checked out by a doctor, even if you don't think you've been seriously injured. Sometimes, your brain can't process the pain right away and you may be more seriously hurt than you realize. It's better to be safe than sorry!
  • Also, make sure to let the driver know that they hit you. Don't be rude or combative, but make them aware that they hit you. Gather their contact information, including insurance, and give them yours.
  • Make sure that the police are aware of the accident. Call them at the scene. Also check and see if there are any witnesses nearby that may be able to provide information, too. Keep the crash scene intact so the police can survey the scene when they arrive. 
  • As the post-accident consequences unfold, make sure to document everything you can. This may include things like taking pictures of your bicycle, the scene, and injuries. It is also good to hold on to any paper documents, like the accident report, medical expenses, and other miscellaneous information.


It is also important to note that, if the situation becomes more complicated and/or you are severely injured, you should not be afraid to see legal consult. In our Altoona, PA area, Attorney Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer who is skilled in taking cases for victims of bicycle accidents. He takes cases in central Pennsylvania through Pittsburgh. For more information or to schedule your free consultation, pleas call his firm at 814-946-4100

Fatal Bicycle Accident Back In News

Recently, newspapers reported that charges have been filed against a man who killed  Pittsburgh woman while she was out riding her bike six months earlier.  According to reports, the driver who caused the accident that killed the biker was speeding at the time and did not hit his brakes upon approaching a red light.  The car then rammed into another car that was stopped at the light, which consequently hit and killed the biker.  The police report notes that, as a result of the chain reaction of cars being bumped forward at the stoplight, the biker was pinned between two cars and subsequently passed away.  Investigators note that the driver who caused the collision was likely high on drugs at the time.

This is a tragic loss that could have been easily prevented with some care and caution.  As the summer weather improves, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving this summer, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run this summer, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.

Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

To read the original news report, please follow this link:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2016/04/22/Pittsburgh-police-to-make-arrest-in-bicycle-crash-that-killed-Susan-Hicks-in-Oakland/stories/201604220199

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