Our Lancaster, PA Firm Represents Victims of Bicycle Accidents
Helping injured cyclists throughout Lancaster County
People are encouraged to bicycle to stay fit and reduce their carbon footprint. While Lancaster County has taken steps to make our community more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly, bike riders continue to face substantial risks.
Georgelis Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to winning compensation for victims of personal injury accidents. Our lawyers negotiate with auto insurance companies to reach a fair agreement about compensation for your bicycle wreck. We also pursue the state or county if your accident was caused by poor street maintenance or other roadway hazards.
Statistics on bicycle accidents in Pennsylvania
In 2010 alone, 4,454 bicycle crashes were reported in Pennsylvania, resulting in 148 deaths. These numbers highlight the risk of serious injuries to cyclists. The Lancaster County Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan addresses some of the hazards through policy-making, city planning, bike lane maintenance and education. But the accident numbers still speak for themselves.
Protecting yourself while you bike
Motorists have a responsibility to share the road with bicyclists. As a cyclist, you also have a duty to follow traffic laws and act with care while biking. Under the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, you must:
- Ride in the same direction as traffic
- Stay to the right side of the road when riding more slowly than traffic
- Use lights and reflectors at night
- Keep brakes in good repair so you can stop in 15 feet when going 15 mph
- Signal stops and turns appropriately
- Follow relevant traffic laws when riding in a vehicle lane
Although only children younger than 12 are required to wear a helmet while biking, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (DOT) recommends that everyone wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The department also suggests donning bright clothing and reflectors to increase visibility.
Dangers to cyclists
Even if you take precautions, you can nonetheless be the victim of a bicycle wreck. You may be hit by a negligent motorist who:
- Ignores traffic laws
- Uses the bike lane as a turning lane
- Fails to yield
- Tries to pass you on a narrow road
- Drives recklessly, runs a red light or speeds
- Is distracted by cellphone use, texting or sightseeing
- Throws open the door of a parked car into your path
Get the help you need to recover for your bike accident injuries
For more information about bicycle crash compensation, call Georgelis Law Firm, P.C. at 717-394-3004 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Because bike wrecks often occur outside of regular business hours, we make ourselves available in the evenings and on weekends to meet with you right away. We also make home, hospital and rehabilitation center visits if you cannot come to us because of your injury. Our office has free parking.