Pennsylvania and New Jersey are great places to enjoy the outdoors. Thousands of people enjoy walking or biking to get to school or work, or just for fun.
Unfortunately, not every driver is looking out for bike riders and pedestrians. In 2011, bike crashes in Pennsylvania resulted in 21 deaths and more than 1,300 injuries. In New Jersey, bicycle accidents resulted in 12 deaths. Children aged five to 14 were the most likely to be hit while on a bike.
The situation is even worse for people traveling on foot. In 2011, 149 pedestrians in Pennsylvania were killed after being hit by a vehicle, and more than 4,500 were injured. In New Jersey, 165 pedestrians were killed in 2012. Most were over age 65 or under age 19.
Are You Sure You Are All Right?
At first, you may think your injuries from a bike and pedestrian accident were not bad enough to require a trip to the emergency room.
Even if you did go to the ER, some injuries do not show up immediately. Head and back injuries and internal damage are not always spotted by ER doctors. Then you are left struggling to get insurance coverage for the doctor’s bills that come in weeks or months later.
Another problem: though the accident was the driver’s fault, they may have either no insurance or not enough. Injuries can be deceiving, and so can some insurance companies.
Know Your Rights
If you were injured in Pennsylvania, state law holds that the driver is responsible for your injuries, regardless of what insurance they have. You do not have to prove you have got a permanent injury or disability in order to win back all your losses.
Wherever you were injured, Gay & Chacker’s Philadelphia-based attorneys have had decades of experience in dealing with under-insured drivers, uninsured drivers and drunk driver accidents. They know how to face down arguments by the defense attorney that you were the one who was at fault.
Our Philadelphia Bike Accident Lawyers and Pedestrian Accident Lawyers with you to recover your losses, including all medical bills, any future treatment or therapy you might need, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact us now to learn more about how we can help in a bicycle or pedestrian accident case. There is no risk or obligation. We charge you no legal fees unless we recover money damages for you.
Call us today at 800-529-4030 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer, and start getting back on your feet again.