April 9, 2012, ERIE, PA — Pennsylvania car accidents involving bicycles are unfortunately nothing new to the Erie injury lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C.. Too often, parents call our office to say, “My son was on his bicycle and now he’s hurt. He got hit by a car. I don’t know how we’re going to pay the bills or what his future holds.” A new law in Pennsylvania will hopefully lessen the number of bicyclists injured in such accidents.
The new law, which took effect last week, requires motorists to keep at least a four foot cushion between their vehicle and bicyclists at all times. It also requires motorists to yield to bicycles and provides legal protection for motorists who cross double yellow lines in order to ensure the safety of bicycle riders. For more details on the new law, see the latest entry in our Car Accident Library: New Law Creates Safety Zone.
Pennsylvania bicycle accidents are a problem for two big reasons: bike riders are more vulnerable than people in cars and motorists oftentimes don’t pay enough attention to the safety of bicyclists.
In addition to the requirements of the new law, the Pennsylvania car accident lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. also recommend to motorists that they always slow down when approaching bicyclists; that they avoid sudden braking or turns when in the vicinity of bicyclists; and that they limit the use of their horn around bicyclists to only those situations where it is absolutely necessary. Most car accidents involving bicycles can be avoided by following these simple rules.
Have You or Your Son or Daughter Been Hurt In a Bicycle Accident?
The Pennsylvania bicycle accident lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. can help. We’ll perform an investigation, preserve evidence and fight to protect your family’s rights. Call today for a free consultation: toll free at 814-273-2010 or locally at 814-273-2010.