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Why should I hire a PA bicycle accident lawyer after being hit by a car?

  • The insurance company pays the defense adjuster to do 2 things: settle your Pennsylvania bicycle accident claim as quickly as possible and, for the LEAST amount of money.
  • Isn’t your case important enough to have an experienced PA accident attorney fighting to protect your rights and using his professional expertise to maximize the value of your claim?

Why should I consider asking Attorney Newell to represent me regarding my Pennsylvania bicycle accident case?

  • REFERRALS : Other lawyers show their respect for Attorney Newell by referring Pennsylvania personal injury cases to him
  • EXPERIENCE : Representing PA personal injury victims for over 30 years
  • SERVICE : See CLIENT REVIEWS to read how over 50 of his clients describe his high level of personal service
  • EXCLUSIVITY : Attorney Newell ONLY represents Pennsylvania personal injury victims

Please CONTACT ME to have a Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident lawyer with over 30 years of experience review your PA Bicycle accident claim.


I had a Pennsylvania bicycle accident with an automobile.  Who pays for my medical bills?

  • If you own a motor vehicle, your car insurance company is responsible for your medical expenses due to this PA bicycle accident regardless of who was at fault for the collision.

If my auto insurance company pays my medical bills after a PA bicycle accident, will my insurance rates go up?

  • No.  Since this is a “no-fault” payment, your car insurance premium can not be increased because of medical expenses from the Pennsylvania bicycle accident.

If my insurance medical coverage is used up after my bike-car accident, who pays for my additional medical bills?

  • If you have a private health insurance policy, they will pay the medical bills after your Pennsylvania bicycle accident attorney provides them with the documentation proving you used up your automobile coverage.
  • If you don’t have additional health insurance or they do not cover the medical care you require, your Pennsylvania bicycle accident lawyer will include those medical bills as part of your Pennsylvania bicycle accident claim.

Please visit HOME for information regarding Attorney Newell’s experience and qualifications to represent Pennsylvania bicycle accident victims.


I was riding my bicycle against the flow of traffic on Cedar Crest Blvd. in Allentown, PA when I collided with a car.  Who was at fault for this PA bicycle accident?

  • The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code requires that a bicycle operator ride their bike in the same direction as the motor vehicles on the road.
  • However, your violation does not permit the car driver to drive negligently.  But, your conduct could seriously limit the ability of your PA bicycle accident attorney to successfully settle your Pennsylvania bicycle accident case.

My 9 year-old son was sitting on the handlebars of a bicycle driven by a neighbor in Bethlehem PA.  The bicyclist lost control and my son fell.  Do we have a Pennsylvania bicycle accident claim for my son’s broken jaw?

  • It is illegal for a bicycle rider to permit a passenger to be on the bicycle unless there is a specific seat on the bicycle for the passenger – which is the only place on which he can sit.

Please go to CLIENT REVIEWS to obtain information regarding the experiences of over 50 of Attorney Newell’s former Pennsylvania personal injury clients.

I am the member of a Lehigh Valley PA bicycle club and we frequently ride in a group of 9 or 10 at a time.  Can we ride our bicycles together in the same lane?

  • The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code only permits 2 bicycle riders to ride abreast on a public roadway.
  • The only time more than 2 can ride abreast is if the bicyclists are using a part of a road or path which is exclusively set aside for use by bicycles.

I often ride by bicycle at night in Stroudsburg PA.  Am I required to have an illuminated front headlight?

  • Yes.  Your bicycle must have both a front headlight on, as well as a red rear reflector in place.  These safety features are designed to try to prevent a PA bicycle accident from occurring.

I was riding my bicycle on a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood outside of Quakertown PA when I had a bicycle accident with a pedestrian.  Who has the right-of-way in that Pennsylvania bicycle accident case?

  • A bicycle driver using a sidewalk must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and is required to give an audible sound before overtaking and passing a pedestrian.

Please see UNINSURED MOTORIST SETTLEMENT for case summaries in Pennsylvania motor vehicle collisions involving an uninsured motorist.


What is the age requirement for Pennsylvania bicycle riders and the use of helmets?

  • Any person under 21 who operates a bicycle or is a passenger on a bicycle must wear a helmet.

Are there any statistics analyzing bicycle accident deaths and the non-use of helmets?

  • A Sept. 2009 article on thetruthaboutcars.com referred to an analysis performed by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety regarding U. S. bicycle accidents.
  • According to the IIHS, 95% of bicyclists killed in 2006 in bicycle accidents were not wearing helmets.
  • The article further claimed that approximately 52,000 bicyclists have been killed in the United States since 1930.

My 8 year-old daughter was riding her bicycle in Doylestown PA when a car hit her.  If we make a PA bicycle accident claim, can the lawyer representing the driver tell a jury that my daughter wasn’t wearing her helmet at the time of the bicycle accident?

  • No.  There is a specific section of the PA Vehicle Code that prohibits the lawyer’s attempt to introduce into evidence the failure of the bicyclist to use a helmet.

Please see WHY ATTORNEY NEWELL for more details regarding his qualifications to serve as your Pennsylvania bicycle accident lawyer.


Will Attorney Newell come to my home to meet with me regarding my Pennsylvania bicycle/car accident case?

  • Pennsylvania bicycle accident victims in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Bucks County PA and Montgomery County PA have relied upon Attorney Newell to aggressively represent them for their personal injury claim.
  • Whether you live in Bethlehem or Easton, Stroudsburg or Bushkill, Lehighton or Allentown, Quakertown or Perkasie, Doylestown or Lansdale – Attorney Newell will provide you with a free HOME consultation for your PA bicycle/car accident case – no matter where you reside in Eastern Pennsylvania.

I was riding my bicycle when a dog bit me.  Where will my Pennsylvania bicycle accident lawyer get the money to compensate me for my injuries?

  • If the dog owner is identified and he/she has homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance, your PA bicycle accident attorney will pursue a personal injury claim against that insurance company.


I was riding my bicycle on Main St. in Lansdale PA when I was hit by an uninsured motorist.  Do I have a Pennsylvania car accident case?

  • If you have paid for uninsured motorist (UM) coverage on your automobile insurance policy and the crash was the driver’s fault, your PA car accident lawyer can make a claim on your behalf.

If my PA bicycle accident lawyer makes an uninsured motorist claim, will my car insurance premiums be increased?

  • No.  Since you were not at fault for this Pennsylvania bicycle accident, your auto insurance rates can not go up because of a UM payment.


Since 1981, Attorney Thomas Newell has been aggressively representing PA personal injury victims in the Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Montgomery County PA and Bucks County PA.  The content of this website is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice for your bicycle accident claim.  PA law regarding bicycle accident cases changes.  I advise you to retain a bicycle accident lawyer to review the facts of your bicycle accident claim.


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    Johnstown PA Bicyclist Mauled By Dog

    On May 7, 2015, a Johnstown, PA bicyclist was severely injured after being attacked by an unrestrained pit bull. The vicious dog ran off its property and attacked the bike rider in the street. The bicyclist escaped only to have the pit bull return and attack him again. Unfortunately, the pit bull owner had not kept his dog up to date with its rabies vaccination.


    Erie Bicyclist in Serious Condition

    On April 7, 2015, a 19 year old bicyclist from Erie County, PA was struck by a hit & run motorist in Mill Creek Township. The bicycle accident victim was listed in serious condition at UPMC Hamot after being hit on West 30th Street. Police have identified a Dodge Ram pickup truck as being the vehicle that struck the PA bicycle accident victim.


    Lancaster Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit

    On 12/10/14, the Rev. Jonathan Currier died from injuries sustained when he was hit by a vehicle on 11/24/14. According to Lancasteronline.com, the fatal Lancaster County bicycle accident took place on New Holland Pike. The 57 year old Lancaster bicyclist was riding his bike eastbound when he was struck by a westbound vehicle. Reverend Currier served the needs of the parishioners of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Manheim Township, Pennsylvania.


    Are Bicycle Accident Deaths Avoidable?

    A 11/5/14 article from philly.com highlighted the fatal consequences that can occur to bicyclists who refuse to wear helmets. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approximately 1,000 people die each year from bicycle accidents. Head injuries cause nearly 70% of the bicycle accident deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that bicycle helmets reduce head and brain injuries by almost 85%.


    Bicyclist Loses Leg in Allegheny County Accident

    On July 2, 2013, a bicyclist lost his left leg below the knee after being hit by a car in Carnegie PA.  Police said that the bicyclist was weaving in and out of traffic prior to the crash.  Nearby surveillance video allegedly showed that the bike rider turned into oncoming traffic thereby causing the accident.  The driver will not be charged with any violations of the PA Motor Vehicle Code.


    10 Year Old Bicyclist Hit by Car in Coplay

    On May 14, 2013, a 10 year-old boy was hit by a car while he was riding his bicycle in Coplay, PA.  According to The Morning Call, the car and bicycle collided at around 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of S. Third and Center Streets.  The bicyclist was taken to a Lehigh Valley area hospital for observation.


    Erie Bicyclist Dies in Accident with Tractor-Trailer

    On May 2, 2013, an Erie PA bicycle rider died after she collided with a tractor-trailer in Erie.  As described on erietvnews.com, the 58 year old woman was turning onto Bayfront Parkway when she apparently lost control and bumped into the side of the truck.  The back tires of the tractor-trailer ran over her as she lay on the road.  Erie Police Department is investigating this fatal bicycle accident case.


    Berks County PA Fatal Bicycle Accident

    On November 11, 2012, a Boyertown bicycle rider died when he fell from his mountain bike while riding on a trail on Mount Penn.  The Reading Eagle reported that investigators believe the Berks County rider tried to jump over a large rock on the trail, but fell off the bike landing on his head and neck.


    Lansdale PA Bicyclist Hit by Car

    On Jan. 15, 2012, a Lansdale PA bike rider was bicycling near Route 363 (Valley Forge Road) when he was hit by a car.  The driver was backing out of her driveway onto Rt. 363 and never looked to see if the roadway was clear.  The bicyclist was knocked off his bike and landed on Route 363.  He received medical care from his Lansdale area family doctor.


    Lehigh Valley Bicyclist Killed by Upper Saucon Driver

    On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, a Lehigh Valley biker died.  He was hit by a Lehigh Valley driver on the Fahy Bridge.  As described on lehighvalleylive.com, a 79 year-old driver from Upper Saucon Township struck the bicyclist from behind on Dec. 4, 2011.  He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem PA with serious injuries.  The Lehigh Valley bicycle rider was taken off life support on Dec. 7th.


    Lancaster County Bicyclist Struck & Killed by Minivan

    On Nov. 26, 2011, a Lancaster County bicyclist was hit by a minivan that fled the scene of the fatal bicycle accident.  According to wgal.com, the 18 year-old bike rider from Denver PA was bicycling along Saw Mill Road when he was hit by a Honda Odyssey minivan.  East Earl Township Police are requesting the public’s help.  Those with info should call 717-354-2211.


    Wayne County Fatal Bicycle Accident

    On Sept. 30, 2011, Pennsylvania State Police from the Honesdale Barracks found the body of a fatal bicycle accident victim off of Route 507.  According to The Wayne Independent, a 56 year old bicyclist from Gouldsboro had been missing for 3 days.  Investigators determined that the Wayne County resident had been riding his bicycle when he rode down an embankment off of Rt. 507 and crashed.


    Lebanon County Bicycle Accident Victim at Hershey Medical Center

    On May 9, 2011, an 11 year-old bicyclist from Palmyra PA was hit by a car on College Street.  According to the Lebanon Daily News, no charges have yet been filed against the 51 year-old Lebanon County driver.  The PA bicycle accident victim was transported to Hershey Medical Center for treatment of multiple abrasions and leg pain.


    Bicyclist Injured in PA Hit & Run Accident

    On March 9, 2011, a bicyclist was hit by a vehicle in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.  According to wgal TV, the 61 year old bicycle rider was traveling on Hykes Road in Antrim Township when a vehicle struck him and forced his bicycle into a guide wire and telephone pole.  The hit & run driver fled the scene of the PA bicycle accident.


    Delaware County Bicyclist Killed by Drunk Driver

    On Dec. 30, 2010, a Delaware County PA bicyclist was hit and killed by a drunk hit & run driver. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a 62 year-old bicycle rider from Lansdowne PA was struck from behind by the defendant’s pick-up truck. The bicyclist was thrown 30′ into the air by the force of the bicycle accident. The PA bicycle accident victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The defendant fled the scene of the bicycle accident and hit a minivan in his haste to escape. Upper Darby Police were able to apprehend the defendant.


    Allentown Bicyclist Injured in Car Accident

    On Dec. 20, 2010, an Allentown PA bicyclist was injured when he was involved in an accident with a car at the intersection of 18th Street and Webster Street in Allentown. As described in The Morning Call, the 20 year old bike rider crashed into the side of the car at 6:55 p.m. Allentown Police stated that the Lehigh Valley bicyclist was not wearing reflective gear at the time of the accident.


    Montco Bicyclist Injured in Collision with `Cycle

    On Nov. 14, 2010, a 14 year-old boy riding his bicycle near Skippack PA was hit by a Suzuki motorcycle driven by a Norristown resident. According to The Reporter, the PA bicycle-motorcycle accident took place at the intersection of Rt. 113 and Landis Road.


    Jail Time For Montco Bicycle Accident Hit & Run Defendant

    On Oct. 21, 2010, a Bryn Mawr driver was sentenced by a Montgomery County judge to a minimum 3 month jail time sentence after her hit and run guilty plea. On July 15, 2009 the defendant hit a 13 year old bicyclist and fled the scene. She later hid her Volvo station wagon and repeatedly lied about the cause of her car’s property damage. The PA bicycle accident victim’s mother told Philly.com that her son still has trouble with balance, as well as hearing in his right ear.


    Northumberland Bicycle Accident Injures Cyclist & Pedestrian

    On Aug. 27, 2010, a Northumberland bicyclist was involed in an accident with a pedestrian in Den-Mar Gardens, Mount Carmel Township, PA.  As described in newsitem.com, a 53 year-old bicyclist collided with an 11 year-old girl who was in the street in front of her home playing basketball.  The bike rider was bleeding profusely from the face and was taken to Shamokin Area Community Hospital for medical care.


    Delaware County Bicycle Accident Victim Dies After Crash

    On July 15, 2010, a Delaware County PA bicycle accident victim died after an accident on West Chest Pike in Marple near I-476.  According to the Delco Times, the bicycle-car accident took place around 10:00 a.m on West Chester Pike near the northbound entrance to the Blue Route.  The bicyclist was struck by a Honda and thrown from the bike landing on the highway.  The bike rider was flown to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania but was pronounced dead later that afternoon.


    Lehigh County Bicyclist Hit by Lower Macungie Driver

    On July 10, 2010, a 56 year old Lehigh Valley bicyclist was hit by a driver who was backing out of her driveway on Quarry Road in Lower Macungie.  According to the Morning Call, the impact caused the bicyclist to fly off the bike and land onto the automobile’s rear window.  The bicycle rider was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown Pennsylvania.


    Schuylkill County Bicyclist Killed on Charity Bicycle Tour

    On June 22, 2010, a Pennsylvania bicyclist was killed in New Mexico while riding his bicycle across the country to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.  The bicycle accident took place in New Laguna, N. M. when an SUV hit the Schuylkill County bicyclist on June 21, 2010.  He died the following day due to serious head injuries.  The Ringtown PA bicycle rider and 3 of his friends had departed from Pennsylvania on May 23, 2010.


    Berks County Bicycle AccidentKills Allentown Bicyclist

    On June 11, 2010, a 15 year old Allentown bicycle rider was killed after being struck by a pick-up truck in Greenwich Township, Berks County PA.  According to the Morning Call, Pennsylvania State Police investigators concluded that the bicycle crossed into the path of the pick-up truck.  The Allentown bicycle accident victim was thrown from the bike and sustained traumatic injuries.  The bicyclist was declared dead at the scene of the accident by the Berks County Coroner’s Office.


    Bicycle Accident Deaths in PA Double in 2009

    A May 14, 2010 article posted on wduqnews.com reviewed the fact that 16 bicyclists were killed in Pennsylvania in 2009 which was double the amount of bike riders killed in 2008.  Quoting PennDOT spokeswoman Alison Wenger, several steps need to be taken to reduce bicycle fatalities:  make sure all bicycles have reflectors, ride on the right side of the road with traffic and follow the same traffic laws as motorists.


    PA Bicycle-Car Accident Claims Cyclist’s Life

    On May 6, 2010, a bicycle rider was on State Route 453 in Snyder Township, Blair County when a car made a left turn in front of him causing the bicycle-car crash.  According to wearecentralpa.com, the automobile driver complained to the Pennsylvania State Police that he was temporarily blinded by glare in his window.  The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene by the Blair County Coroner’s office.


    Montgomery County Scooter Accident Death

    On April 20, 2010, an Ambler PA man was charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI and reckless driving after the March 17, 2010 death of a 13 year-old boy.  The teenager was riding his Razor scooter in his Lower Gwynedd Township neighborhood when the Montgomery County driver struck him.

    The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said that the Defendant was high on drugs and driving 63 miles per hour at the time of the crash.  An accident re-constructionist determined that the driver went into the oncoming lane when he hit the scooter rider.  The motor vehicle left 165 feet of skid marks.  The driver was transported to Lansdale Hospital for a blood sample to be taken – which evidence was used in the criminal charges.


    14 yr. old Pennsylvania Bicycle Accident Victim Dies

    On March 26, 2010, a 14 year-old bicycle accident victim died from injuries she sustained in a March 20, 2010 crash.  The Beaver County PA resident was riding the same bicycle with a friend in White Township.  They lost control of the bike, hit a tree and fell 30 feet down a hill.  As described on wpxi.com, a Geneva College student was riding his bicycle nearby when he found the girls and called 911.

    Both bicyclists were flown from the scene of the bicycle accident to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.  The victims were students at Blackhawk High School which has plans for fundraisers to aid their families.


    Easton Bicycle Accident Victim Dies After Hit By Bus

    On March 17, 2010, a 13 year-old Easton PA bicyclist was struck and killed by a LANTA bus while riding on Northampton Street.  According to The Morning Call, the bicycle rider rode out from an alley between 8th and 9th Streets right into the path of the bus.  The Northampton County Coroner declared the bicyclist dead at the scene of the accident.   The death was ruled an accident.

    The BMX bike the Easton resident was riding was purchased just an hour before the bus-bike collision.  Eyewitnesses report that the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet when he was hit by the bus and may have had trouble applying the brakes.  Easton Police later determined that the bike’s brakes were in working order at the time of the crash.  The police also concluded that the LANTA bus driver was traveling well below the speed limit when the bicycle cut in front of him.


    Drunk Driver Hits Philly Cop on Bicycle

    On March 9, 2010 an alleged drunk driver struck a Philadelphia police officer while he was riding his bicycle on patrol in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.  According to philly.com, the drunk driver knocked the officer off his bike resulting in numerous scrapes and bruises.  Medical care was provided at a local hospital for the bicyclist.  The driver was charged with DUI.