Biking has become more popular than ever, but unfortunately, with more cyclists on the road, the number of bicycle accidents and injuries is on the rise as well. Even if you take proper safety precautions and stay alert on the road, accidents can happen. At Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices, our personal injury lawyers are well-versed in Pennsylvania traffic laws and have decades of experience handling all types of accident claims. We can help you recover maximum compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Causes Of Bicycle Accidents
Motorists who drive carelessly or refuse to share the road are often the cause of serious accidents involving bicyclists. Other causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving, such as texting
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to heed traffic signals such as traffic lights and stop signs
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Making a right turn in front of a bicyclist
- Swerving into a bicyclist or bike lane
- Opening a car door into the street or a bike lane
Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicyclists don’t have the protection of tons of steel surrounding them as motorists do. This makes cyclists more vulnerable to catastrophic injuries and death, especially when large vehicles like tractor-trailers are involved.
Common injuries sustained in bike accidents include:
- Fractured and crushed bones
- Dental injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Road rash
Bicyclists may also sustain psychological injuries such, as PTSD, anxiety, and depression due to trauma from the accident.
Recovering Compensation After A Bike Accident
Our personal injury attorneys at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad have seen the devastating physical, emotional, and financial consequences that being injured or losing a loved one can have on families. Injuries sustained in bike accidents can require costly medical treatment, such as multiple surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and ongoing long-term care. Our skilled and compassionate legal team is with you every step of the way and can help you recover compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future earnings and income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship and consortium
In some cases, you may be able to bring a claim for punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are intended to punish the negligent party and deter them and others from committing similar acts. For example, if you were injured by a drunk driver, they may be liable for punitive damages because of wanton or egregious behavior. Our attorneys pursue every possible source of compensation to ensure you recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
After sustaining serious injury or losing a loved one, trying to recover compensation from an insurance company may be the last thing on your mind. Insurance companies are concerned with their bottom line, not making sure you get the medical care and financial stability you deserve. They may offer what appears to be a generous settlement, but in reality the amount may not even come close to covering your damages. At Thomas, Conrad & Conrad, we understand how to accurately value your claim and ensure all your financial bases are covered.
Our experienced litigators take care of collecting all necessary documentation and evidence, negotiate fervently on your behalf, and won’t back down until you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. In fact, our team has a proven track record of success when it comes to litigating and winning challenging personal injury cases in court.
Contact A Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, you don’t have to go it alone. Our caring team at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices fights to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve. With four convenient locations to choose from, our Lehigh Valley lawyers make it easy to find the top-notch legal representation you need. Our offices are located in Bath, Allentown, Stroudsburg, and Topton, Pennsylvania. Call us today at 610-867-2900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.