After a Pennsylvania bicycle car crash it is often easy to see who suffered greater injuries. Typically, it is the bicyclist, who lacked the protective metal, seatbelts, airbags and other safety features of a car, who is most seriously injured in a bicycle car collision.
However, while many people are quick to blame the car driver for a bicycle accident, the severity of injuries is irrelevant in determining liability, or who was at fault for the crash. Instead, liability is dependent on who was following the Pennsylvania rules of the road at the time of the accident.
Pennsylvania traffic accident laws require that bicyclists follow the same rules of the road as drivers of motor vehicles.
If a car driver failed to obey applicable traffic laws then the car driver may be liable for the resulting injuries. Similarly, if it was the bicyclist who failed to obey applicable traffic laws then it is the bicyclist who may be liable for the resulting injuries – even if the most significant of those injuries was to the bicyclist himself.
If you know a bicyclist in PA, please share this page with the biker so that he or she understands the potential liability after a Pennsylvania bike car accident.