People who opt to navigate Chester County, Pennsylvania on bicycles instead of driving have many reasons for doing so. Riding a bicycle offers more health benefits than driving a car. Bicycles also cause less harm to the environment. Additionally, while some rely on bicycles to help them get from Point A to Point B, others merely ride their bikes to take in our region’s scenery.
Chester County bicycle riders must simply keep in mind that they are quite vulnerable on the road should an accident occur. Enclosed vehicles like cars and trucks offer their drivers and occupants protection from harm when collisions happen thanks to such features as seatbelts, airbags, and metal frames.
A bicyclist is not protected in this capacity. Thus, if you’ve been involved in an accident while riding a bike, there is a good chance you have sustained major injuries that may require substantial medical treatment. Your injuries could also result in such losses and challenges as:
- Loss of income if you can no longer work because of your injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- The need for ongoing medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
You deserve to be financially compensated for these losses if your accident resulted from another party’s negligence. Learn more about your options in these circumstances by reviewing your case with a Chester County bicycle accident attorney at Dan Doyle Law Group.
How Negligent Parties Cause Chester County Bicycle Accidents
Some bicycle accidents are random occurrences for which no one is to blame. Some are the result of negligence on the part of a bicycle rider. When riding a bicycle, you must obey the rules of the road and alway be aware of your surroundings.
That said, it’s not uncommon for Chester County bicycle accidents to be the result of a motorist’s negligence. Careless drivers can put bicyclists in harm’s way by:
- Ignoring traffic signs and lights
- Using their phones while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while drowsy
- Not yielding the right of way
- Not checking blind spots when turning or changing lanes
Bicycle designers and manufacturers can also cause accidents if they are negligent. For instance, a bike rider could be injured if the manufacturer of their bicycle overlooked a defect.
Chester County bicycle accidents can also happen if bike riders encounter dangerous road conditions. This may occur when the local government agencies responsible for maintaining safe roads don’t fulfill their duties.
Contact a Chester County Bicycle Accident Attorney
You can seek compensation for losses resulting from a Chester County bike accident by filing a claim to collect from the negligent party’s insurance. Our team will help you by investigating your accident to determine who the negligent parties are. We will also gather evidence proving their negligence caused your accident.
Perhaps most importantly, a Chester County bicycle accident attorney at Dan Doyle Law Group will negotiate aggressively on your behalf if an insurance company does not offer fair compensation when you initially file a claim. Learn more about how our team can help by contacting us online or calling us at 215-987-3730 to schedule a consultation.