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Many serious injuries occur when the driver of a motor vehicle strikes a bicyclist on the roadway.  Motor  vehicles must allow 4 feet of distance from a bike and travel at a careful and prudent speed when passing. Such vehicles are permitted to pass a bike in a no-passing zone to avoid excessive delay, however they must pass using due care and while still giving 4 feet of clearance. 

Pennsylvania law states that bikes may be operated on the shoulder of the road in the same direction as the flow of traffic; or may be ridden in the right lane of a two lane road, in the furthest right lane of a multi-lane road, or on the right side of the road if there is no center line. Often, however, the drivers of motor vehicles fail to see or keep a safe distance from bicycles, or fail to realize they must keep the required clearance even when passing a bike.

“Dooring” is another common problem for bicyclists, and occurs when the driver or occupant of a motor vehicle suddenly opens the door into the bicyclist or the bicyclist’s path of travel.  The law states that no one shall open a motor vehicle’s door unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with traffic flow.  Cyclists may be injured or killed when a door is opened in their line of travel.  

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Collisions between a motor vehicle and bicycle often cause severe and devastating injuries to the bicyclist.  Contact our local bicycle accident attorneys at (610) 625-2100 if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycling accident. We are here to help.

Bicycle Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

What do I do if I’ve been in a bicycle accident?
 

If you have been in a bike accident, you should call 911. The police should come to the scene and take information from the parties and witnesses. If you were hurt, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.  As soon as possible, we also recommend that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you in pursuing a claim against the negligent driver or opposing party.

 

What are common bicycle accident injuries?

 

Bicyclists may suffer head trauma, facial injuries, neurological damage, spine injuries, ruptured discs, bone fractures, road rash, scars, and other injuries.  Often, because they are relatively unprotected, their injuries are much more severe than if they had been in a car.
 

What do I do if I get hit by a bicycle?

 

If you were a pedestrian and a bicycle hit you, you should follow the same steps that you would in any other accident. You should call 911, and the police should come to the scene and take information from the parties and witnesses. If you were hurt, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.  As soon as possible, we also recommend that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you in pursuing a claim.

 

If I get hit by a car on my bike, who pays my medical bills?
 

Your car insurance covers you when you are hit by a car while riding your bike.  Your own auto insurance covers you whenever you suffer an “injury arising out of the maintenance or use of a motor vehicle.” See 75 Pa.C.S. § 1712. This includes if a car hit you while you were riding a bike.  If this happened, you should open a claim with your car insurance company. Your car insurance will pay your medical bills up to your limit of coverage. After your coverage is exhausted, you should submit the bills to your health insurance.


 

What are the rules of the road regarding bicycles and cars?
 

The Pennsylvania rules of the road are contained in Part III of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Statutes. The rules start on page 303 of this PDF and go to page 438.

 

The New Jersey rules of the road are contained in Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes. The current laws are available from the New Jersey Legislature using this tool.

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