You can wear a helmet, reflective clothing, and appropriate shoes. You can ride a bike that is the right size for you and you can abide by all of the rules of the road. Yet, you have very little protection against serious bike accident injuries because you simply can’t control the actions of motor vehicle drivers.
Bicyclists are Vulnerable to Injuries
Without the metal enclosure, airbags, seatbelts, and other safety features of a car, van or truck, bicyclists are especially vulnerable to suffering a serious bike accident injury. Plymouth Meeting bike accident lawyers understand that a distracted, drunk, or simply negligent motor vehicle driver can hit you and cause you to suffer:
- Broken bones.
- Head or traumatic brain injuries.
- Back of spinal cord injuries.
- Internal injuries.
- Other serious, potentially life threatening wounds.
These injuries can result in long hospitalizations, multiple surgeries, extensive recovery periods and even death.
A New Pennsylvania Law Seeks to Protect Bicyclists From Accidents
In an effort to reduce bike accident injuries and fatalities, Pennsylvania recently enacted a new bike accident law. PA law now requires motorists to:
- Allow at least four feet between their cars and cyclists when passing a bike.
- Never force a bicyclist off the road.
In order to accomplish these goals, Pennsylvania bike accident law allows motorists to cross the center line of the street if there is no oncoming traffic and a driver can safely cross into the other lane.
An Experienced Pennsylvania Bike Accident Lawyer Can Help Protect a Bicyclist After a Crash
Unfortunately, even with the new bike accident law, PA bike accidents are going to continue to happen. If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, then we encourage you to contact an experienced bike accident lawyer for a FREE consultation and for more information about your rights and your potential recovery.