According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), 1,380 people were injured and 16 were killed in Pennsylvania bicycle accidents in 2009. The majority of injury accidents involving bicyclists occur at intersections but most fatal bike accidents occur at non-intersections. Anytime someone is seriously injured or killed in a bike crash, it must be determined who had the right of way and who may be held liable for the damages suffered by the injured person.
Injured victims of a bike accident may have to prove that the driver was responsible for the crash to receive compensation for their hospital bills and other crash-related losses. There are many questions that must be asked after such a collision in order to determine fault and liability. Did the car driver fail to properly yield right-of-way to the bicyclist? Was the car’s driver distracted, fatigued, drunk, or speeding at the time of the crash? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway at the time of the accident?
If it is determined that a motorist’s negligence caused a bike crash in Pennsylvania, then, they can be held liable for the accident. If a dangerous roadway caused the accident, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held responsible. Valuable information about the details and circumstances of the crash may be obtained from police reports and eyewitness accounts in order to determine who is at fault for the collision. This process is not always easy and it may be in the bicyclist’s best interest to seek legal guidance from a skilled attorney.