How long do I have to file a bicycle accident lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

bike_crashBicycle accidents account for just 1 percent of total traffic crashes reported in Pennsylvania. Yet according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, they still caused nearly 1,130 injuries and more than 20 deaths in 2017 alone.  

These accidents can be horrific for victims, resulting in extensive injuries, unexpected medical debt, and other losses. Pennsylvania tort law allows people injured in bicycle accidents caused by another person or entity's negligence to seek compensation by filing a personal
injury lawsuit.

Sadly, severe injuries and the resulting range of necessary lifestyle modifications can make it difficult for victims to focus on exploring their legal rights and options.

Waiting too long to take legal action after a Pennsylvania bike crash can have serious consequences. The state's statute of limitations laws dictate how long potential plaintiffs have to file a lawsuit which, for personal injury victims, is just two years from the date of the accident. Once those two years are up and the statute of limitations expires, victims cannot bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party.

Even when injured cyclists file their lawsuit within the designated two-year period, waiting to file can be detrimental to a case. For example, evidence may be misplaced, contaminated, or destroyed, or witnesses may change their contact information, forget what they've seen, move, or die. Any of these scenarios could deal a blow to a bicycle accident personal injury case, which is why it's best to consult an attorney about situation as soon as possible.

Consult a Knowledgeable Bicycle Accident Attorney

A bicycle accident can be a life-changing event—usually not in a good way. If you were hurt in a crash that wasn't your fault, you shouldn't be stuck shouldering the financial burden for your injuries and losses.

The experienced bicycle accident attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve after suffering an injury in Pennsylvania. Contact us today to request an appointment for a free initial case consultation.