Pittsburgh, PA Bicycle Accident Lawyers
The Pittsburgh bike accident attorneys at Chaffin Luhana represent individuals who are injured in bicycle accidents in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. We represent people who are hit by vehicles or ATVs while riding on a sidewalk, bike trails and highways, riding in a bike lane and while crossing a street. We also represent bicyclists who are injured in accidents caused by defective bike parts such as defective tires and faulty chains.
Vehicle vs. Bicycle Accidents
When a person is hit by a car while riding a bike, the consequences can be severe. Injuries can be debilitating, life-threatening and can affect the rider for the rest of his or her life. At Chaffin Luhana our personal injury lawyers represent riders who suffer the most severe injuries such as:
- Broken and crushed bones
- Amputation injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Severe lacerations
We also represent families whose loved ones are killed in bicycle accidents.
Pennsylvania Bicycle Collision Related Injuries and Deaths
Bicycle crashes represent 1.1% of the total reported crashes and 1.6% of all traffic deaths. Although these percentages are small, they still represent 19 bicyclist deaths and 1,298 injuries in 2014. In 2014, the majority of bicyclists were injured at intersections and killed at nonintersections. The types of intersections represented in the following charts are: 4 leg intersections, 3 leg intersections, and other types of intersections.
The following pie charts are visualizations of Pennsylvania bicycle crash data highlighting the total number and percent of bicycle collision related injuries and deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014. The first chart illustrates the total number and percent of bike related injuries at different types of intersections in Pennsylvania during 2014. The second chart is a visual of the total number and percent of bike related deaths at different types of intersections in Pennsylvania during 2014.
If you are hit by a car, whether you are riding in a bike lane, on a side walk, or highway or bike trail or crossing a street, our attorneys will evaluate the details of the accident to determine if negligence occurred. If a driver is distracted and is not paying attention, he or she may not see you until it’s too late.
Examples of negligence that can cause a driver to veer into the bike lane or make a turn without seeing a bicyclist include:
- Sending or receiving text messages
- Talking on a hand held cell phone
- Messing with the radio or CD player
- Reading a map
- Looking at an electric navigation system
In some cases, bicycle accidents are caused by defective bike parts. At Chaffin Luhana, we can help you if, for example, you had a tire blow out, if your gears got stuck, if your brakes stopped working or if your chains are faulty. We can also help you if, for example, your safety gear, such as your helmet, failed to properly protect you during an accident. Manufacturing companies have a responsibility to consumers and when their products cause harm by failing to work properly, we believe they should be held accountable.
Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you may be eligible for compensation. To find out if you have a claim, contact Chaffin Luhana today. Our personal injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.