Philadelphia Has One Of The Highest Rates Of Injured Or Killed Bike Riders Hit By Cars Or Trucks
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) , in 2009 an estimated 51,000 bike riders were injured in car or truck traffic accidents. Seventeen percent, or an estimated 8,000, of the riders were under the age of 14 and a total of 630 bike riders were killed.
According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, we have more bicycle commuters per capita than any other big city in the United States and bicycle commuting increased 151 percent from 2000 to 2009. Unfortunately, we also have one of the highest rates of hit and run bicycle and car accidents.
As many bike riders know, drivers of cars or trucks usually do not respect the rights of bicyclists, and do not look for bike riders before making sudden moves that can catastrophically injure or kill someone who is on a bike. Drivers often fail to check their blind spot before changing lanes, make right hand turns directly in front of an oncoming bike rider, drive drunk or under the influence of drugs, sideswipe or come too close to the bike, open the driver side car door in front of them, pull out from driveways or side streets without looking, or fail to stop at stop signs. Under the codes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. However, many car and truck drivers do not realize this.
If you or your child was hit by a car or suffered any other injury while riding a bike, please feel free to contact one of our experienced Philadelphia bike accident lawyers at (215) 866-2424 for a strictly confidential and free consultation. Since 1958, the legendary Philadelphia accident attorneys of The Beasley Firm have been awarded in excess of $2 billion dollars and have sustained hundreds of verdicts, settlements, and awards in excess of $1 million dollars on behalf of our injured clients. Our record of success speaks for itself.