Florida Bike Accident Lawyers
Bicycling through the Sunshine State can be enjoyable, but also dangerous. That is especially true with the driver distraction epidimeic, heavy cell phone use, and sleep deprived drivers behind the wheel. In 2016 alone in Florida, 6,234 bicyclists were injured and 140 were tragically killed. Fortunately, there are experienced attorneys on your side to help with such matters. The team at Freedland Harwin Valori, PL is passionate about protecting the rights of injured bicyclists in Florida, and we want to hear from you after a collision.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents
Bicycle accidents often stem from the negligence of another party. The majority of collisions between bicyclists and motorists are avoidable. They happen because drivers don’t pay proper attention, ignore traffic rules, and follow bikes too closely. The some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Florida are listed below:
- Inattentive/distracted drivers
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Making sudden stops
- Merging on top of bikes
- Pulling out in front of bicyclists
- Sleep deprived drivers
- Defective bicycle parts
- Dangerous road defects, such as potholes
What To Do After a Bike Accident
It’s important to take the proper precautions and follow procedures that will benefit you during a potential settlement or trial. We’ve put together the following steps to take in the event of a bike accident:
- Seek medical attention. Official medical documentation of your injuries can go a long way during an insurance or personal injury claim. It can serve as proof that you suffered injuries, as well as evidence of the nature and extent of damages and the timeline for your injury and treatments.
- Gather information if you can safely do so without the risk of injuring yourself further. Injured cyclists can improve their chances of securing compensation by collecting as much information about the crash as possible. This includes the name of the driver, plate numbers, time/date/location of the collision, and the contact information of any eyewitnesses.
- Call the police. Never agree to dealing with your accident “under the table,” or without involvement from police or insurance companies. Even if you think you may be partially at fault, it is safer for you to involve the authorities. Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning you could still be eligible for recovery even with shared fault.
- Speak with a lawyer. One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your future as an injured bicyclist is to speak to a lawyer about your case. Only a lawyer has the skill, experience, and resources to litigate your claim to your advantage. This may include negotiating with the driver’s insurance company or going to trial and representing your best interests in front of a judge and jury.
The legal team at Freedland Harwin Valori, PL has years of experience helping injured accident victims throughout Florida. We understand the local and state roadway laws that pertain to bicyclists, and how to best protect their rights. If your crash involves a hit-and-run collision, an uninsured/underinsured motorist, catastrophic injuries, or the wrongful death of a loved one, you definitely need help from our lawyers. Even if your incident was minor, call us for a free consultation.