Being involved in a serious bicycle accident can be physically and financially devastating. To make matters worse, damaging myths about bicyclists, bicycle safety, and bike crash cases abound.
Accident victims who fall prey to such myths may inadvertently jeopardize their ability to recover compensation they need and deserve.
Don't let this happen to you. Avoid these common bicycle accident myths:
- Bicyclists don't belong on the road. In Pennsylvania, bicyclists have every right to share the road with motorists. Don't let this myth prevent you from filing a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit for your injuries.
- Riding on the sidewalk is safer than riding on the street. This is dangerous. In addition, Pennsylvanians prohibited from riding bikes on sidewalks in business districts—except where permitted by official traffic control devices—and in places where a bicycle-only street lane is present. Most motorists don't expect bicyclists to ride on the sidewalk and, as a result, they may not look for them at an intersection or when backing out of their driveways.
- These accidents are mostly caused by bicyclists. Actually, many bicycle-vehicle collisions are caused by motorists who fail to watch for riders.
- No helmet? No compensation. In Pennsylvania, only bicyclists younger than 12 are legally required to wear a helmet. Additionally, state law prohibits information about helmet use from being presented as evidence of contributory negligence in personal injury cases.
- Partially responsible? No compensation. Pennsylvania follows comparative negligence rules, which means victims are still eligible to pursue compensation for accident-related losses, as long as they were less at fault for the accident than the other party.
Consult a Skilled Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you were seriously injured in a bicycle accident, it's crucial to understand your legal rights and options. The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at the Accident and Injury Law Group can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.