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Bicycle Injuries in Philadelphia

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Every year in Philadelphia, hundreds of bicyclists are seriously injured or killed in crashes. Though these crashes are common in our city, they are also preventable. Through improved driving habits and better infrastructure, Philadelphia can dramatically reduce the number of crashes on our roads. In the pages that follow, we’ll explore the problem and talk about what you can do if you were hurt by a negligent driver.

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Bicycle Injuries in Philadelphia

  1. 1. z BICYCLE INJURIES IN PHILADELPHIA How They Happen and What We Can Do to Stop Them
  2. 2. z An Ongoing Problem in Philadelphia Every year in Philadelphia, hundreds of bicyclists are seriously injured or killed in crashes. Though these crashes are common in our city, they are also preventable. Through improved driving habits and better infrastructure, Philadelphia can dramatically reduce the number of crashes on our roads. In the pages that follow, we’ll explore the problem and talk about what you can do if you were hurt by a negligent driver. 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY
  3. 3. z Is Cycling Dangerous in Philly? Dozens of bicycle crashes happen every month in Philadelphia. They can happen in any part of the city, at any time of the day, but there are certain conditions that make a crash more likely. Increasing our awareness of these conditions might help drivers and cyclists better address the problem. Let’s look at when and where the risks for bicycle accidents increase. 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY
  4. 4. z Bicycle Crashes in Philadelphia…  Are most likely to occur in the afternoon and evening.  Tend to increase significantly during the summer months.  Are particularly common on heavily-trafficked streets like Broad Street, Pine Street and Spruce Street. Source: NBC10 News 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY
  5. 5. z Dangerous Driving Behavior and Bicycle Accidents Negligent driving is often the cause of collisions with bicycles. Distraction, impaired driving and other forms of reckless driving put Philly’s cyclists in great danger. However, safety advocates point to speeding as the most dangerous driving behavior endangering cyclists. 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY
  6. 6. z Collisions While Turning or Veering into Nearby Lanes A study from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia said that the majority of collisions between vehicles and cyclists occur at an angle. We can infer from that finding that many bicycle injuries occur when a motorist is turning or veering into a neighboring lane. This is one reason why safety advocates push for protected bike lanes. These lanes provide a barrier between the cyclist and other vehicles. 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY
  7. 7. z Injuries Suffered in a Bicycle Crash The damage suffered by a cyclist in a crash is often severe. These are some of the most common and severe injuries cyclists experience… 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY  Head injuries  Back, neck and spinal injuries  Internal injuries or organ damage  Road burn  Fractures, such as broken hips, knees, wrists or ankles  Soft tissue damage.
  8. 8. z The Consequences of Serious Injuries 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY Pain and Suffering Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Medical Bills Missed Time at Work Lost Income Property Damage
  9. 9. z Fixing the Problem Requires Fixing Our Infrastructure Philadelphia has invested in protected bike lanes, increased speed enforcement and improved intersections to reduce the number of bicyclist injuries and fatalities. Increasing our city’s budget to improve cycling infrastructure should include building even more protected bike lanes and repaving roads. In addition to these improvements, increasing driver awareness should be a top priority… 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY
  10. 10. z What Drivers Should Do Drivers should always be mindful of cyclists, particularly near intersections and unprotected bike lanes. This includes maintaining a reasonable speed at all times, signaling before turning and being aware that cyclists will not be seen in blind spots. Drivers of large trucks or other commercial vehicles should remember that their blind spots are much bigger than those of other vehicles. 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY
  11. 11. z When a Cyclist is Injured by a Negligent Driver If a careless driver injures a cyclist, they can be held accountable for the costs associated with that cyclist’s injuries. A cyclist can file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered. Compensation can help an injured person with medical bills, ongoing treatment and loss of income stemming from the accident. If a cyclist is killed by a negligent driver, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim to hold the driver responsible for the financial consequences of their actions. 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY
  12. 12. z Contact Wapner Newman to Schedule a Free Consultation The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Wapner Newman have been standing up for the rights of injured Philadelphians for decades, and we have built our reputation on the service and results we provide to our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our legal team. 1.800.LAW.6600 CALL TODAY

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