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Can I Still Sue If I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?

Your Bicycle Accident Case Doesn’t Depend on Wearing a Helmet

A bicycle accident can cause severe injuries from which it can be difficult to recover. Not wearing a helmet can increase those injuries. However, it is not a legal requirement to wear a bicycle helmet in Pennsylvania. As such, whether or not you were wearing a helmet should have little impact on your bicycle accident case.

At Freeburn Law, we are committed to helping you recover from your injuries by ensuring that you are fairly compensated for your bicycle accident. Contact us today at (717) 777-7777 for a free consultation, or learn more about Pennsylvania bike laws below.

What is the Bicycle Helmet Law in Pennsylvania?

According to the Pennsyvania DOT website, only riders under the age of 12 must wear a bicycle helmet. This means that adults and teens are not required to wear a helmet in the state. Whether or not you were wearing a bicycle helmet, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.

This is not to say that you shouldn’t wear a helmet. Everyone should wear a bicycle helmet when riding on public roadways to ensure safety. However, you are not required by law to do so.

Other Laws Cyclists Must Follow in Pennsylvania

There are some laws that cyclists must follow in Pennsylvania. These include:

  • Staying off the freeway
  • Using a front head lamp and reflectors at the side and rear of the bike when riding at night
  • Staying off the sidewalk in business districts or where bike lanes are available
  • Obeying traffic signals
  • Using hand and arm signals for turns and stops
  • Obeying all traffic laws that apply to vehicles on the road

Following the law is important to bicycle safety. Not following these laws may or may not impact your bicycle accident case. For example, you may be able to sue even if you did not have a rear reflector on your bicycle. It is best to allow an attorney to review your case.

Let Freeburn Law Review Your Bicycle Accident Case

Wearing a helmet isn’t required by Pennsylvania law, but there are other laws that pertain to cyclists. Following the law and all bicycle safety guidelines are important, but not doing so doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t sue.

The attorneys at Freeburn Law are experienced and have handled many bicycle accident cases in Pennsylvania. We can review your case and determine if you are able to sue, and, if so, what complications might arise during the case. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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