When an individual on a bicycle is struck by a motor vehicle, it is likely a very harmful and traumatic event. The serious bodily injuries that may occur can be both life threatening and life altering. Examples of such injuries include, but are not limited to: brain damage, spinal cord injury, head trauma, severe burns, physical disfigurement, loss of limb, and even death. Although individuals on bicycles should exercise caution when they share the road with motor vehicles, even the most cautious rider can be injured by the negligence and recklessness of a careless automobile driver. Bike riders who are struck by a car may be entitled to collect damages as a result of their injuries. Such damages include, but are not limited to: medical costs, loss wages, pain and suffering, physical disability, and wrongful death.
If you are ever struck by a motor vehicle while riding a bike, you should immediately seek medical attention. It is also important to remain at the scene of the accident and call the police. If possible, collect and record the driver’s information including: name, insurance information, make and model of the car, and license plate number. Additionally, try to record the names and numbers of any witnesses to the accident. Finally, contact a knowledgeable attorney who is familiar with these types of accidents. Chester County attorney John P. Winicov is an experienced lawyer who is well versed in this area of personal injury law. Mr. Winicov will provide aggressive representation in any bicycle accident cases, and he will answer any questions you may have about your claim including: Should I talk to the driver’s insurance company? Can I still recover if the driver does not have insurance? Can I still recover if the driver never hit me? Does my insurance cover me if I am injured on a bike? And all other questions you might have.