Philadelphia Bicycle Accident Attorney
According to the federal government, there were 857 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2018. As you might expect, when a crash occurs between a vehicle and a bike, it’s the cyclist who is most likely to be injured.
According to statistics from the Philadelphia Police, 96 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2017 in Philadelphia, 40 of whom were pedestrians, and three of whom were bicyclists.
The following bicycle accident facts were provided by the federal government,
- Regardless of the season, bicyclist deaths occurred most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- Bicyclist deaths occur most often in urban areas (75%) compared to rural areas (25%) in 2017.
- Bicyclist deaths were 8 times higher for males than females in 2017.
- Alcohol was involved in 37% of all fatal bicyclist crashes in 2017.
The damage caused by a bicycle accident can be catastrophic. When a vehicle hits a cyclist, there is little protection from the impact and the cyclist may suffer life-threatening injuries and sometimes death. Recovery from a bicycle accident can take months or years. Bicycle accident victims may also suffer financial damages such as out of pocket medical bill and lost wages while being disabled from work.
If you or a loved one were a victim of a bicycle accident involving a motor-vehicle, you will need an experienced bicycle attorney to fight for your rights. Bicycle accident usually cause injuries such as:
- Broken bones (fractures)
- Head injuries resulting in concussion
- Severe lacerations and road rash
- Permanent scarring
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Loss of limbs
- Spinal damage
Recent Bike Accident Case Result – Six Figure Settlement
Mr. Gagliano recently recovered a large six-figure settlement for a cyclist who was struck by car that made an improper lane change into the bike lane of the roadway. As a result of the car striking the bicycle, the cyclist suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures requiring multiple surgeries. Following the crash, the insurance company for the negligent motorist blamed the cyclist and denied the claim. Mr. Gagliano was able to investigate and find surveillance footage the captured the crash. The case settled for 6 figures shortly thereafter.