In Pennsylvania, pedestrian and bicycle accidents involving vehicles are common. These accidents are often caused by driver negligence. However, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can all take steps to stay safe on the road.
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, intersections and use caution when pedestrians are on sidewalks, in parking lots or in driveways. However, accidents still occur in these places. Pedestrians can help to avoid injury by paying attention to their surroundings, following traffic laws and using crosswalks at the appropriate time.
Drivers must give bicyclists several feet of clearance when passing them on the road. They also are not allowed to drive in bike lanes. Bicycle accidents often occur when drivers do not give cyclists enough space on the road, don’t check for riders before changing lanes or turning and running red lights.
Bicyclists can help to avoid injury by wearing a well-fitting helmet, using lights and reflectors on their bicycles, especially when riding at night, using hand signals and riding in the same direction as the traffic.
These accidents can cause significant injuries, ranging from minor scrapes and bruises to life-threatening injuries. Some examples include fractures and dislocations to arms, legs and shoulders, traumatic brain injuries that can cause long-term disabilities, spinal cord injuries that can cause partial or full paralysis, and internal injuries. Injuries may not be immediately apparent.
It’s important to seek medical care after an accident. Injured bicyclists and pedestrians may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.