Bicycle Accident Lawyers Serving Pittsburgh
Our attorneys fight for maximum compensation
Bicycles have become very popular in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. Cities have installed bike lanes and taken other precautions to help keep bicyclists safe. But it only takes one negligent driver to cause a car accident that leaves bicyclists with serious and often life-changing injuries.
Many injured bicyclists aren’t sure what to do next after being hit by a car. Their medical expenses add up quickly. They often can’t work and lose income. But the driver denies doing anything wrong, and dealing with the insurance company is frustrating. The experienced bicycle accident lawyers at Romanow Law Group fight for their rights.
We handle all types of bicycle accident cases
How do these collisions happen? There are several different types of bicycle accidents, including:
- Dooring – A driver or passenger in a parked car suddenly opens the door into the path of a bicyclist, who is unable to stop in time. The cyclist either hits the door itself or swerves into traffic and hits another vehicle.
- Left hook – A driver takes a left turn at an intersection, directly into the path of a bicyclist coming from the other direction.
- Right hook – A driver passes a bicyclist, then takes a right turn at an intersection directly in front of the bicycle. This can also happen at red lights and stop signs where the car and bicycle are stopped side by side.
- Sideswipe accident – A car hits or even brushes up against a bicycle on the road, either while changing lanes or getting ready to make a turn up ahead.
- Forced off the road – A car gets too close to a bicyclist, who is then forced off the road down an embankment or over a guardrail.
The high cost of bicycle accident injuries
Because bicyclists have no protection in a collision with a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds, the injuries they suffer can be painful and severe. Emergency medical services may be called, and bicyclists may need to be transported to a local medical facility, such as UPMC Presbyterian, UPMS Mercy, or Allegheny General Hospital.
Bicyclists can suffer a wide range of injuries in an accident. These include neck injuries that may involve damaged muscles or tendons, displaced or herniated discs, fractured discs, and pinched nerves. There may be back injuries such as fractured or herniated vertebrae or spinal cord damage that results in paralysis. A head injury may result in a concussion or more serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many cyclists suffer broken bones as well as cuts and lacerations.
The costs of medical expenses can add up quickly. There are the costs of ambulance service, imaging tests, other diagnostic tests, surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, home health care, home health equipment, and multiple follow-up visits with doctors.
We fight for injured cyclists in Pittsburgh
Our firm understands that injuries in an accident can affect a bicyclist physically, emotionally, and financially. Victims are left unable to work or take part in their usual activities and aren’t sure how they will be able to pay their bills.
What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents? They include drivers who were speeding, texting, driving recklessly or simply not paying attention. If a negligent driver was responsible for causing a bicycle accident, the cyclist shouldn’t have to pay. The problem is that negligent drivers rarely take responsibility for what happened. Insurance companies will try to limit compensation by minimizing injuries or making a lowball settlement offer.
We think they deserve better. If you’ve been injured in a Pittsburgh bicycle accident, our firm is ready to fight for you. We know the bicycle accident laws in Pennsylvania and what it takes to build a winning case.
Experienced attorneys who know how to get results
Our legal team investigates your accident to find out what really happened. We gather evidence, carefully review accident reports and medical records and interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
Our attorneys build a strong case that proves a negligent driver caused the bicycle crash that left you hurt. And we fight back against any attempts to blame you for the accident or question the seriousness of your injuries.
We are often able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company to resolve your case. But we’re not interested in making quick deals that help the insurance companies save money. We fight for maximum compensation for all of the damages you suffered – including current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages such as pain and suffering. If the insurance company won’t negotiate, we’ll be ready to fight for you in court.
Schedule your free consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer
Put the Romanow Difference to work for you. If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident in the Pittsburgh area, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. You can come to our office. Or we can come to you – our attorneys make home and hospital visits. We’re ready to meet you anywhere at any time.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We can review the details of your accident, go over your legal options for recovering financial compensation, and answer any questions you have.