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Bicycle Accident In Philadelphia Reminds Drivers to Safely Share the Road

27
Nov 2013
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In late October, a bicycle accident occurred in Philadelphia along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. A 52-year-old bike rider was hit by a car and sustained serious injuries necessitating transport to the hospital. The bike crash was one of many that happen in the city each year, but attracted attention because Mayor Nutter was alerted to the accident by an aide who saw the crash. According to CBS Local Philadelphia, the mayor stopped and rendered aid to the accident victim, remaining at the crash scene until medical help arrived.

The fact that the mayor was involved and the bike accident widely publicized is a very good thing, as it reminds motorists that they need to be careful of bicycle riders even in the winter months as the weather grows cooler. While any bicycle accident lawyer in Delaware Valley knows that bike accidents are especially likely to happen in the summer since more people ride, the winter can be dangerous for bikers as well.  In fact, in some ways, the winter presents more of a risk to bikers because the roads are slippery, it gets darker earlier and drivers may not be paying attention to bikes because they don’t expect to see them in the cold.

Bicycle Accidents Still a Risk in Winter

Although many drivers assume they don’t need to worry about bikes in the winter, the truth is that many people commute via bicycle even during the winter months. Philadelphia makes it possible for motorists to do this (and also to walk if they wish to do so) because the city has a good environment for bicyclists. The Walk Score for Philadelphia is 76, while the Bike Score is 67. Philadelphia is described as a “very walkable” city because the majority of errands can be accomplished by someone who is on foot without a vehicle.

Philadelphia earned its walk score and bicycle safety score for more reasons than just proximity of amenities. Walkscore.com described Philadelphia has having terrain as “flat as a pancake” and as having good bike lanes.   This is good news for bicycle riders, but of course as the recent accident shows, this doesn’t mean that there are no risks of getting hurt or killed in a crash.

Bike riders and motorists both must be careful to avoid high-risk behavior that could lead to a crash happening. Motorists, for example, must:

  • Be on the lookout for bicyclists, who may continue to ride throughout the winter.
  • Avoid encroaching on bicycle lanes and wait to pass a bicycle rider until there is plenty of room and it is safe to do so.
  • Yield the right-of-way to bike riders, who are entitled to the same respect as any other driver on the road.

Bicycle riders, to do their part to avoid accidents, should wear brightly colored clothing; understand that visibility may be reduced in the winter; should obey the rules of the road; and should try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road or making a turn to ensure that the motorists see them.

A bicycle accident lawyer in Philadelphia can help if you are involved in a crash. Contact Flager & Associates at 1-215-953-5200 for a free case consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates

New Documentary Shows Lasting Impact of Brain Injuries

21
Aug 2013
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According to a recent article on Forbes.com, HBO will be premiering a new movie, The Crash Reel, which is being described as ”the definitive film on brain injury.”  Our Philadelphia brain injury attorneys know that brain injuries are far too common in the United States, with the CDC estimating that as many as 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries happen every single year. Unfortunately, despite the millions of brain injury sufferers, many people are unaware of just how pervasive and life changing a blow to the head can be. As new studies come out regularly showing yet another lasting consequence of a brain injury, movies such as the Crash Reel can help caregivers, insurance companies and society to develop a deeper understanding of just what brain injury patients face. 

Brain Injuries are “Insidious”

Lucy Walker, director of The Crash Reel, described brain injuries as “insidious” injuries because “It’s [the brain injury's] physical and it’s mental and it’s social and it’s practical.” This description is an excellent one that helps to drive home the serious and lasting impact a brain injury can have on a person’s life. A brain injury can affect all aspects of cognitive function, leaving the victim to relearn basic tasks and struggling to cope with the normal activities that make up everyday life.

A brain injury can also increase the chances of a myriad of health problems, such as upping the chances of developing dementia. Unfortunately, recent studies reported by Medscape suggest that there may even be a link between brain injury and ischemic stroke, and that brain injury may increase the risk of ischemic stroke as much as hypertension does (hypertension is currently the leading risk factor).

Unfortunately, the consequences of brain injury can be so devastating. In fact, the CDC has reported that as many as 30.5 percent of all fatalities related to injuries in the United States happen as a result of brain injury.  Yet, despite how common and devastating brain injuries are, many people just don’t have a full understanding of the issues. The Crash Reel can change all that.

The Crash Reel follows the story of Kevin Pearce, a snowboarder who was on the fast track to a great career. Pearce was not only in training for the Olympic Games but had also been featured on ESPN and was becoming a big name in the field of professional snowboarding. Unfortunately, a failed attempt to do a technical trick caused Pearce to sustain a serious brain injury. Pearce was in a coma as a result of his injuries and when he came out of the coma, he had to spend 10 months in a rehab facility learning how to walk and talk again.

Pearce reportedly hopes to snowboard again one day. But doctors have cautioned that there is an extreme risk if he suffers another blow to the head. Pearce’s cognitive impairments from brain injury are also lasting, as doctors have explained his memory and vision will be permanently affected by the brain injury.

While Pearce’s story is being told in a movie, he is just one of millions of victims who face similar struggles as a result of a blow to the head. Hopefully, his story will help to bring the issue of brain injury front and center so the public can develop a deeper understanding and awareness of the risks of complications of these complex injuries.

If you are injured in Philadelphia, Bucks County or anywhere in Pennsylvania, contact Flager & Associates. Call us at 1-215-953-5200 for a free case consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates