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Hit by a car while riding your bike? Dallas can help!

We rarely think about our safety when we go for a bike ride or commuting to and from work. Most drivers don’t think about our safety, either. Bicycles have little protection when a car runs a stop sign or red light, or fails to watch out when entering or exiting a parking lot. Severe injury and even death are too often the result.

If you need immediate help and you feel like no one is on your side, our respected attorneys at Dallas W. Hartman P.C., Attorneys at Law are ready to stand up for your right to the full and fair compensation you deserve for your bike accident. Contact our law offices in Pennsylvania or Ohio today for a free case evaluation. We have convenient offices located in Pittsburgh, New Castle, Hermitage, Butler and Erie in Pennsylvania and Youngstown in Ohio.

Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Statistics

In 2015, there were a total of 1,272 bike accidents and 16 deaths. Based on the stats of the entire state of Pennsylvania, this accounts for 1.0% of the total reported crashes and 1.3% of all bicycle fatalities in all of PA. Here are the accident statistics from the last 5 years of data:

Source: Penndot.gov

2015:
Total Accidents: 1,272
Deaths: 16

2014:
Total Accidents: 1,309
Deaths: 19

2013:
Total Accidents: 1,383
Deaths: 11

2012:
Total Accidents: 1,369
Deaths: 16

2011:
Total Accidents: 1,316
Deaths: 11

Other Interesting Statistics:

  • The age range of bicyclists with the highest number of injuries and fatalities were children ages 5 to 14.
  • In 2015, 68.8% of the bicycle deaths in and 35.6% of injuries in Pennsylvania were in non-intersection situations.
  • 76.4% of bicycle injuries occurred during daylight hours.

What are some Safety Tips for Bike Riding in Pennsylvania?

  • Always wear a helmet when you ride.
  • Make sure to follow all rules regarding traffic signals and stop signs.
  • Be sure to look several cars ahead of you while in traffic. This is especially important in slow-moving traffic and around parked cars.
  • Never pass stopped or reduced speed vehicles on the right.

Who is to blame for your bicycle accident if you were riding on the sidewalk?

The law in both Pennsylvania and Ohio follows a concept known as comparative negligence (modified comparative fault or, simply, the 51% rule). Basically, as long as the court decides that you were 50 percent or less responsible for your pedestrian or bicycle accident, you can still recover damages.

Even if you were riding your bike on the sidewalk or the wrong side of the road, an experienced Pittsburgh personal injury attorney at our firm can help you get financial compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to learn more in a free consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer.

What if i’m involved in a Hit-and-Run bicycle accident?

In some cases of hit and run accidents, your injuries may be covered by your own insurance policy. It is important you have enough uninsured and uninsured motorist coverage to protect you, in case you are hit by a car that leaves the scene of the accident.

We have the proven skill and experience to deal with your insurance company and reluctant insurance adjusters to make sure they treat you fairly and live up to their legal obligations. In many cases you must get an attorney involved to make sure your own company pays you what you deserve.

For more information, visit our page specifically about Hit & Run Accident Cases.

Contact Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Pennsylvania today!

Regardless of the severity of your injuries or the complexity of your loss, our firm has a team of experienced attorneys at convenient locations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio to serve you. We are happy to come to your home or hospital to discuss your case. Call us today! 412-262-2888

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