An attorney who helps injured bicyclists get the financial compensation they deserve
If you've been hurt in a bicycle accident, you have rights. McNelis Law will fight for you.
Bicycles have become increasingly popular here in Hazleton and throughout the country. But Attorney McNelis knows that as more bicyclists share the roads with cars and trucks, there has also been an increase in car accidents involving bicycles. More than a thousand cyclists are injured in accidents each year in Pennsylvania.
Bicycle accident injuries can be very serious, as a bicyclist does not have much protection when hit by a car or other vehicle. Injuries suffered by bicyclists include road rash (scarring from being dragged on the road), broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injuries. Minor injuries may heal in several weeks, but more serious injuries can take a year or more to heal. And some injuries may be permanent.
The medical expenses involved in treating these injuries can add up quickly. There may be costs for hospitalization, surgery, prescription medication and physical therapy. You may be unable to work while recovering, resulting in lost wages.
Bicycles are considered by law to be vehicles, and other drivers must obey the rules of the road around them. For example, drivers attempting to turn left must yield the right of way to bicyclists traveling in the opposite direction, just as they would for another motorist. Drivers can't interfere with a bicyclist proceeding straight on a roadway when making a turn. And when passing bicyclists, drivers in Pennsylvania are required by law to leave four feet of space between their vehicle and the bicycle and to travel at a careful, reduced speed.
But too often, drivers treat bicyclists as a nuisance on the road. They don't follow the rules. This negligent behavior results in bicyclists getting hurt.
McNelis Law helps injured cyclists strike back.
Fighting for your rights
Attorney Edward McNelis will conduct a thorough investigation of your case. He will look at the scene of the accident and gather evidence. He will review all documentation related to the case, including police reports, medical reports, photographs and witness statements. He will look for any signs of driver negligence.
He also will determine the amount of compensation you deserve. You may be able to seek compensation for hospital and medical expenses, past and future lost wages, costs related to any physical disability or disfigurement (such as limps or scars), emotional distress, damage or destruction of property, physical pain and suffering and other expenses.
In some cases, a settlement may be reached with the insurance company. But Edward, with your consent, will reject any offers that don't provide you with fair compensation. And if the insurance company won't do what's right, he will be ready to fight your case in court.
If you've been hurt in a bicycle accident, there are steps you can take right away, if you are able. Call the police to have them document the incident. Seek medical attention. Write down contact information for all parties involved, as well as witnesses. Take photos of the accident scene. Then call an experienced attorney who will fight for your rights, as soon as possible. Talk to McNelis Law.