PROTECTING YOUR CYCLING RIGHTS Advocating for the Injured

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

Secure Legal Help from a member of the Philadelphia cycling community

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 780 cyclist fatalities in the United States in 2017 due to motor vehicle accidents, and over 50,000 cyclist injuries in the same year. In Pennsylvania alone there were 18 bicyclist fatalities in 2018.

If you or a loved one 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:

  • 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.

Meet Joe Piscitello

Piscitello Law has successfully handled thousands of legal matters throughout Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania. Attorney Joseph T. Piscitello has led the firm to recover numerous substantial verdicts and settlements, including recoveries in excess of $1 million. Mr. Piscitello has also successfully litigated matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In addition to his professional career as an attorney, Mr. Piscitello is also a competitive cyclist. His love for the sport has fostered a special focus in the area of bicycle accidents and cycling advocacy. He has a passion for the law and cycling unlike any other attorney in the region. He represents cyclists who are commuters, bike couriers, recreational cyclists and professional athletes. Piscitello Law has successfully fought for the rights and recovery of injured cyclists from fatal to common crashes with routine bike- crash injuries. His support and involvement in the cycling community throughout the state is visible year round, whether the firm is sponsoring the Philadelphia Bike Expo in the fall, or providing Bike Law talks in the winter to bike shops in the Lehigh Valley Region. Mr. Piscitello has joined cycling advocacy groups to lobby Harrisburg and Philadelphia representatives for safer streets, infrastructure and laws. Simply put, Joe Piscitello is the go-to attorney to handle serious bike crash matters in Philadelphia and the surrounding regions in the Keystone state.

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.

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