In 2015, the Indego public bikesharing service debuted in Philadelphia with 1,000 bicycles at 125 docking stations. The distinctive blue Indego stations, which are operated by the City of Philadelphia, offer affordable, on-the-go transportation throughout the city’s many neighborhoods. Unfortunately, there is also a drawback to this service: Indego riders can get into serious accidents.
If you were hit by a car while riding an Indego bike, or were involved in a different type of Indego bicycle accident, you may be able to get financially compensated depending on how your injuries happened. It is in your best interests to consult with experienced Indego injury lawyers, like the award-winning attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm, about your legal rights as an accident victim. For a free legal consultation, contact our law offices online, or call the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000 to speak with an Indego injury lawyer in Philadelphia.
Who is Liable for an Indego Bikeshare Accident in Philadelphia?
If you are injured in a bicycle accident in Philadelphia involving one of the city’s rental Indego bikes, various parties may be liable for your injuries. Liability is a complex issue that varies from case to case, and should be examined by an attorney to prevent you from being unfairly held liable for your own accident. It is a common tactic for insurance companies to claim that you caused your own crash, enabling them to deny liability and avoid paying for your damages. Legal representation levels the playing field, ensuring that you will not be taken advantage of by experienced insurance adjusters.
If you were hit by a car, the driver or driver’s insurance company may be liable for your expenses, depending on their coverage and other factors. Even if the accident was a hit-and-run, as is often the case with bicycle accidents, it may still be possible to obtain compensation by identifying and locating the driver, or by filing a claim with your own insurer, depending on whether you have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage.
Whether your accident involved a hit-and-run, a speeding driver, a drunk driver, texting while driving, the failure to stop at a red light, or other scenarios involving negligence or recklessness, our injury attorneys will use evidence to show that another motorist was at fault for your accident. We will work tirelessly to track down and analyze key evidence, such as surveillance footage, driving records, and evidence from the accident scene. We will also search for eyewitnesses who saw your accident occur, and consult with experts who can add more information to your claim.
In many cases, another motorist is to blame for a bicyclist’s injuries. Because they are small and inconspicuous, bicycles are frequently hit by intoxicated, tired, or distracted drivers who are not paying attention to the road. Unfortunately, bicyclists can even be deliberately targeted by aggressive drivers, who may try to run them off the road or “door” them by opening car doors at stops.
Though auto accidents are the more common cause, bicycling injuries can also be caused by bicycle defects, such as defective wheels or brake issues. In this type of scenario, a manufacturer or other parties may be liable for the resulting injuries.
Philadelphia Bikesharing Injury Claims We Handle
The Reiff Law Firm represents bikeshare accident victims and their family members in all types of personal injury claims. Types of bicycle accident cases we handle include:
- Accidents caused by defective parts and products
- Accidents caused by distracted driving or texting while driving
- Accidents caused by failure to signal
- Accidents caused by failure to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Accidents caused by speeding
- Collisions with motorcycles, buses, garbage trucks, or other vehicles
- Dooring accidents
- Drunk driver accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Wrong-way accidents
As accomplished bike accident lawyers, we possess extensive experience pursuing financial compensation for all types of injuries. Contact us for a free legal consultation if you or a loved one sustained any of the following injuries, or if you were injured in a different way not listed below, to find out whether you could have a claim for:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Facial injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Joint injuries (such as hip, knee, or shoulder injuries)
- Leg injuries
- Permanent disability or impairment
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Soft tissue injuries (such as sprains)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
Philadelphia Indego Bicycle Accident Injury Attorneys
At the Reiff Law Firm, we pour more than 34 years of experience into every claim we handle. Our Philadelphia injury lawyers have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars, because we understand what it takes to build an effective and comprehensive case. We have the resources to investigate your accident thoroughly and untangle complicated questions of fault and liability. This is especially critical in lawsuits involving the City of Philadelphia, which involve stricter regulations and tighter deadlines than other types of injury cases.
Whether you were hit by a careless driver, injured by a defective Indego bike, or injured by other causes, we are here to help you understand your options – and pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. To set up a free legal consultation, contact the Reiff Law Firm online, or call 24 hours at (215) 246-9000 for help.