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Bicycle Accident Attorneys

PA & NJ Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Many Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents use bikes for fun, exercise, or transportation, but bikers often share crowded roads with negligent drivers. Someone else’s negligence can cause dangerous accidents, which result in serious and potentially life-changing injuries. Unfortunately, bicycles do not offer riders much protection, and a bike accident can cause catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, concussions, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, or even death.

If you were involved in a bicycle accident, you should consider your legal options by speaking with a Pennsylvania and New Jersey bike accident attorney. You can schedule a free consultation with a Spear Greenfield team member, either by phone or an online form fill. This appointment carries no pressure, stress, or obligation, just information. We will utilize the time to learn more about your case and inform you about your legal options.

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Considering the Legal Options Following a Bicycle Accident

When a cyclist is injured in an accident with an automobile, they often want to hold the driver liable for their negligence. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim, which could hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions. This filing of a claim would involve navigating through a detail-oriented legal process and collecting the necessary evidence.

At Spear Greenfield, our firm excels at navigating a complicated legal process and succeeds at representing clients in their fight for that entitled bicycle accident compensation. Allow Spear Greenfield’s bike crash lawyers to guide you through the legal process. Below are some of the initial steps in that process that link to additional information to get you started.

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident

While accidents are frightening and shocking, it is crucial to remain calm after a bike crash. A clear head ensures you follow the necessary steps to keep the accident scene safe, build your case, and protect your compensation. These steps can include the following:

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  • Move the bicycle off the road to a safe place to avoid additional accidents.
  • Do not apologize, accept blame, or negotiate with the other driver involved.
  • Contact both law enforcement and medical services to ensure the accident is properly documented and injuries are tended to properly. 
  • Do not downplay injuries in your initial statement as the injury severity may worsen in the days or weeks following an accident.
  • Complete an accident report with the police. 
  • Obtain contact and insurance information from other involved parties in the accident.
  • Document the accident, which includes the time, location, events, and environment. This documentation can be accomplished by taking pictures or video of the wreckage as well as noting road and weather conditions.
  • Gather witness information for testimonies.

To learn more about the necessary steps following an accident, please click the link below.

Post Accident Checklist

Causes of a Bicycle Accident

All motorists have the obligation to drive safely and be aware of others sharing the road, including bicyclists. Having a smaller area and considerably less protection than cars, a bicyclist is already vulnerable when sharing the roads. When a driver is negligent, the already vulnerable bicyclist can be seriously harmed. Several different factors can contribute to bicycle accidents, including:

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Reckless driving

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Distracted driving

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Drunk or drugged driving

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Illegal driving

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Poor road conditions

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Drowsy driving

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Lack of a cycling lane

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Inclement weather

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Proving Liability

A bicycle accident injury case can involve an extended legal process filled with nuance and complexity, so it can be overwhelming to determine where to start. To begin an initial exploration of the legal process, including evaluating cyclist injury attorneys and the necessary information to bring to an initial legal consultation, please click on the link below.

Getting Started

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Bicycle Safety Precautions When Riding

Taking bicycle safety precautions and practicing safe riding can decrease the chances of a serious accident. It is important to pay attention to surroundings and to perform pre-ride safety checks, because bicycles offer less protection for riders. Below is a list of safety tips that can come in handy:

  • Perform precautionary checks before riding. Ensuring your bike is ready prior to each ride is important. Some examples of precautionary checks are to test the brakes, check the tire pressure, and inspect your bicycle chain.
  • Respect the flow of traffic. The expectations of riding a bike do not differ from driving a car. Always ride in the same direction as traffic and use the proper hand signals to inform motorists of maneuvers, such as turns.
  • Always wear a helmet. Helmets are one of the few safety precautions available to riders. While wearing any helmet will increase your safety, it is best to use helmets that meet the standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC).
  • Obey all traffic laws and rules of the road. Rules of bike riding do not differ from rules of driving. Cyclists should abide by bicycle laws and traffic signs, obey traffic lights, avoid blind spots, and not ride under the influence.
  • Make yourself visible. Wearing bright colors allows you to be seen by other motorists. If you are riding at night, use reflective gear so you can be seen in the dark.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. When riding, ensure you are constantly paying attention to the road, the surrounding vehicles, and the driving environment. Since bikes have more maneuverability than cars, you may be in a better place to ensure you are not involved in an accident than the vehicles around you.

To learn more about the basics of personal injury cases, including a simplified blueprint of the legal process, click on the link below.

Case Basics

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Get Your Free Consultation

At Spear Greenfield, we understand the hardships that are associated with bicycle accidents from physical injuries to extensive damages. In your time of need, Spear Greenfield’s bike accident attorneys will act as your advocates every step of the way. Our firm is proud to fight for your compensation with the promise of always going the distance and never selling you short!

To schedule a free consultation, which will allow our legal team to learn more about your case and provide you legal options, please complete the form-fill below. This appointment comes with no pressure or obligation, just information.

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    Why Choose Spear Greenfield?

    Satisfying the burden of proof can be difficult, so if you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, contact Spear Greenfield. We have a track record of success, which you can see in our list of personal injury verdicts and settlements. Our firm has years of experience in recovering compensation for those who need it most. Below are some additional reasons to choose Spear Greenfield as your bicycle accident attorneys.

    • The Spear Greenfield law firm prioritizes clients first by diligently working through your case and relentlessly fighting for the highest awarded money either through settlement or trial.
    • Our law firm has assembled a team of attorneys who are comfortable enough to guide clients through the personal injury case process but meticulous enough to attend to all the necessary details of that process.
    • Spear Greenfield handles the majority of personal injury case categories, including vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, workers’ compensation, and social security disability.

    Please click below to learn more about Spear Greenfield and the aspects that separate us from other Philadelphia law firms.

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    Personal Injury Verdicts

    The following summary of recent auto accident verdicts and settlements demonstrates our proven track record.

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    $2,700,000
    Inter-Sectional Accident
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    $975,000
    Negligent Truck Accident
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    $950,000
    Car Rear-Ended by Tractor-Trailer
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    $300,000
    Car Rear-Ended
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    $450,000
    Hit and run by uninsured vehicle
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    $300,000
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    $80,464
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    Get Started With Your Bicycle Accident Case

    If you were seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you should consider your legal options. Why take a chance hiring another personal injury attorney, when Spear Greenfield’s experience and successful track record speak for themselves? The attorneys at Spear Greenfield have over 200 years of combined experience representing personal injury clients, suffering from physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Our customer focus, work ethic, attention to detail, and determination will help obtain you the maximum compensation!

    Contact Spear Greenfield today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal options after a bike accident. This meeting contains no pressure or obligations, just information. With our no fee guarantee, which states we will not collect payment unless you win, you have nothing to lose in exploring a partnership with Spear Greenfield. Click below to schedule an appointment. Get the right bicycle accident lawyer, the right advice, right now!