Recovering From A Bicycle Or Pedestrian Accident
Bicycle and pedestrian accidents have one key aspect in common: Both involve harm to people without the protection of car or truck bodies. An injured bicyclist or pedestrian may be run over or may fly into the air and fall to the pavement. Sometimes, there are three points of impact on someone’s body in such crashes:
- Where the car or truck hit the person
- Where the person fell back down onto the car or truck’s hood after being airborne
- Where the person hit the pavement
The cumulative injuries can be devastating, catastrophic or even fatal.
At D’Amico Law Offices in Pittsburgh, we represent people recovering from serious and severe injuries. Some were walking or riding their bicycles when they were struck by motor vehicles, such as cars, trucks and buses. Please let us evaluate your case and recommend a legal path to relief as you struggle to put your life back together after this type of accident.
Was It Really An Accident?
A bicycle or pedestrian injury might have been a true accident if the driver of a car or truck unexpectedly could not see the person before striking them because of sun glare or because of an illegal lane change by another motorist.
More often, however, we discover through investigation that a driver of a motor vehicle was speeding or driving while intoxicated, distracted, inattentive or fatigued when they hit a bicyclist or pedestrian. Proving the driver’s negligence is the major focus of the case.
Is There Enough Compensation Available?
Maybe the striking of a walker or bicyclist was, in fact, an accident – but the driver failed to stop. The hit-and-run aspect of the case becomes critical. An injured bicyclist or pedestrian may need to pursue compensation through their own uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage on their own automobile insurance policies.
Even if a collision between a car and pedestrian or a car and bicyclist was accidental and the driver of the vehicle did not commit a hit-and-run violation, financial realities may be a major problem. Considering that injuries are often catastrophic (such as spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries), auto insurance limits may fall short of covering the costs of necessary medical care and rehabilitation services. This is another scenario in which a UM/UIM claim may be essential.
At 412-906-8180, our lawyers work hard to uncover all sources of financial relief for our clients who are recovering from bicycle and pedestrian accidents.
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With more than 60 combined years of experience, we are well prepared to represent you skillfully after a bicycle or pedestrian accident in the Pittsburgh area. We also bring wrongful death claims for eligible close relatives.