Are you sharing the road with bicyclists? Many people in our beautiful part of the state enjoy exercising outdoors on Pennsylvania’s roads, trails, and towns. As motorists, you are expected and required to share the road with these individuals when you encounter them while out driving. However, motorists are not always respectful of bicyclists and often follow too closely behind them, don’t give them enough lane space, and even sometimes try and run them off the road. Other common dangers that occur while out biking including poorly maintained roads and bike paths.
You may or may not know that bicyclists have legal rights in the state of Pennsylvania. If you are a bicyclists and are injured due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to legal compensation to help you pay your medical bills, as well as other related expenses. In fact, a bicyclist in Philadelphia was recently awarded over $3M for injuries he sustained when he hit a sinkhole during a charity bicycle riding event. This sinkhole caused the rider to lose consciousness and sustain serious head and spine injuries. A jury found the city of Philadelphia to be responsible for the maintenance issues relating to the sinkhole and awarded the victim $3.2M.
Sometimes, victims of bicycle accidents, especially those who have been injured due to another’s fault, may have lasting and extensive injuries. These injuries may result in compounded medical bills and significant changes in mobility and ability. Attorney Doug Stoehr is an attorney serving western and central Pennsylvania that handles cases involving personal injury. He is skilled in handing bike accident cases and has successfully handled bicycle claims. If you would like to consult with him about your case, please contact our law office at 814-515-9074.