Injured in a Bike Crash By a Negligent or Aggressive Motorist?

Secure Legal Help from a member of the Philadelphia cycling community

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, there may be legal options available. It is important to understand that you have rights as a cyclist, and having an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer who is aware of the laws of the lane, the types of bike crash injuries, and the common causes of bike accidents that commonly occur can only improve your chances of recovering damages.

As an active participant in the world of competitive cycling, our Philadelphia bicycle crash attorney at Piscitello Law knows first-hand the dangers that bicyclists face. We have been fortunate enough to combine our love of cycling with our passion for law and justice as we represent bicycle riders who have suffered a devastating personal injury at the hands of another party.

What to Do After a Bike Accident

If you are on a bicycle and get into an accident with a car or truck, what you do at the accident scene and immediately after is crucial.

Here’s what to do:

If police arrive, it’s important to communicate any physical complaints you have at that moment. This is not the time to downplay any injuries since insurance companies use initial statements to argue that you were not injured in the crash.

Get your version of events into the accident report. Sometimes the officer takes a statement from the motorist without talking to the cyclist. Do everything you can to get your side of the story into the police report. If, despite your efforts, the police refuse to include your statement, you may be able to have the report amended.

Obtain driver and witness contact information. If possible, get the name of the driver as well as his or her address, phone number, driver’s license number, vehicle license number, and insurance information. Get the names and contact information for everyone who witnessed the accident. Don’t assume the police report will include all of this information.

Document what happened. If you can, make mental notes about the crash: what happened, how it happened, where it occurred, when it occurred, and road, traffic, and weather conditions. Write down all of this information as soon as possible and take photos of any damage on the other driver’s vehicle as well as your own person and bike. Take at least one photo of the vehicle’s license plate and if possible, the other driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.

Document your injuries. Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries, even if they are minor. The fact that you sought medical attention serves as proof that you were injured, and medical records document the extent of those injuries. Have several photos taken of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident.

Preserve evidence. Leave your bike and other damaged property in the same state as after the accident. Don’t attempt to fix anything or have anything inspected. Don’t wash your clothing, and don’t send your bike, helmet, or any other equipment to anyone other than your attorney. Take photos of your damaged equipment.

Seek advice from a professional. Don’t communicate with an insurance company before consulting an attorney. Anything you say to the insurance company could be used against you later. Sometimes a letter from an attorney to the insurance company can resolve issues and avoid legal pitfalls. If your case warrants it, your attorney can hire a bike crash expert to investigate the accident. That person might obtain skid mark measurements, photograph the scene, speak with additional witnesses, or measure and diagram the accident scene.

Professional Knowledge Backed by Personal Experience

Many law firms hold themselves out as specializing in bicycle crash cases, however, no firms in the Philadelphia or Pennsylvania area can merge their legal and cycling skills to the high standards needed to effectively represent injured cyclists. Piscitello Law is among the few who can claim specialty in this area with true authenticity. Attorney Piscitello is a competitive cyclist with tens of thousands of miles in the saddle and nearly 30 years of experience as a personal injury attorney.

Contact Piscitello Law to request an online case evaluation today if you’ve been seriously injured in a car and bicycle accident. We handle cases throughout Pennsylvania!

Passion for the Law, Empathy for the Injured

The Philadelphia area offers an extensive amount of roadways for bicyclists to enjoy. Unfortunately, with this comes the risk of accidents and serious personal injury. The fact of the matter is that most accidents involving bicyclists are the fault of drivers of motorized vehicles and bicyclists are almost always the ones that end up suffering.

Recent Result: Confidential settlement secured for 22 year-old Philadelphia female. Trucking company elected to compensate the injured cyclist a confidential sum in exchange for avoiding trial.
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For more information on your rights as a bicyclist, legal options, and how we can assist, call Piscitello Law at (215) 372-8768 or contact us online to request a free consultation.

The level of care and attention we provide goes unparalleled.