What You Should Know About Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles aren’t just for kids. People of all ages ride for their health, for the environment and for fun. In the past two decades, bicycle commuting has jumped nearly 60 percent. Unfortunately, infrastructure in America has not kept up, and drivers still fail to give bicyclists the respect and care they deserve. An increase in adult cycling, in particular, has led to an increase in bicycle accidents in recent years.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, please take the time to understand your rights and legal options. You can learn more by contacting Douglas V. Stoehr, Attorney at Law.
Do you know what to do after a bicycle accident? Contacting a lawyer is just one of the steps you should take to protect your health and legal rights.
Bike Injuries Can Be Serious or Life-Threatening
Because of the obvious differences between cars and bicycles, there is no question that bicyclists are going to fare worse in a collision between the two. Getting struck by a car while riding your bike can result in serious, life-altering injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Cuts and skin abrasions
- Internal injuries and organ damage
Injuries like these almost always result in steep medical bills over a long period of time. Your insurance and the at-fault driver’s insurance may cover some of these costs, but not necessarily all. And if fault or liability is in question, you may need to file a lawsuit to reduce the risk of having to pay these costs out of pocket.
Litigation Is More Affordable than You Think
Our firm offers free initial consultations and takes all cases on a contingency basis. That means you pay no legal fees unless we help you obtain compensation. Nothing is paid upfront, and our fees are deducted from your settlement or jury award. You can read more here.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Douglas V. Stoehr, Attorney at Law, is in Altoona and serves clients throughout west-central Pennsylvania. If you are a cyclist hit by a car or otherwise injured in a bicycle accident, call us at 814-515-9074 or send us an email to learn how we can help you.