Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney
Riding a bicycle is a fun recreational activity that can also be a healthy way to navigate around town. Unfortunately, this activity can also be a very dangerous one, exposing you to the dangers of the road without the added protection of a motor vehicle.
Bicyclists are particularly vulnerable to accidents because they generally share the road with much larger motorized vehicles. They also face a higher risk of injury or death when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, because their body is so exposed.
There are thousands of bicyclists in the state of Florida, and particularly in the Tampa Bay area. People love to be out in the open and they ride bicycles not only for transportation, but also for exercise and for leisure. Many drivers have little patience for a bicycle blocking the road, which can lead to an accident when they try to get around them with no room.
The Tampa Bay Times reviewed data from the National Highway of Traffic Safety Administration and for the years 2012 – 2016, the numbers show that Florida was the deadliest state for bicyclists, at more than twice the national rate.
Bicycles typically have the same right-of-way as a car or truck, but because they are slower and can slow drivers down, they sometimes aren’t given that right.
Common Bicycle Accidents
When riding your bicycle it is imperative you abide by all traffic laws and warnings, just as you would if you were operating a car or truck. There are several ways bicycle accidents can happen. They can hit another vehicle or person, or they can hit an obstacle. However, even when taking measures towards bicycle safety it is still possible to suffer an injury from a bicycle accident.
By knowing what the most common types of bicycle accidents are, you are better able to protect yourself and those you care about when on the road. These are some of the most common bike accidents to take precautions against.
- Bicyclist is hit by a car or other motor vehicle
- Unexpected car door openings
- Bicyclist collides with another bicyclist
- Colliding with pedestrians
- Bicyclist hits a hole or other obstacle in the road, causing them to crash
- Collisions with branches or other objects
- Being run off the road
- Mechanical malfunction
Any of these accidents can cause serious injuries and property damage, resulting in pain, suffering, and great financial burden.
Steps to Take After a Bicycle Accident
Anyone who is involved in an accident while on a bicycle, no matter how minor, should take the following steps.
- Get medical help, even if you think you aren’t hurt.
- File a police and incident report. This should be done immediately after the accident.
- Get the other person’s contact information, including driver’s license and insurance, the same as you would for a car accident.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, including the wrecked bicycle and the other vehicle involved.
If you or someone you care about has been the victim of a bicycle accident influenced by the negligence of someone else, you may be eligible for fiscal compensation for your losses.
Contact our bicycle accident attorneys by filling out the form on the right or call 727-937-3171 to schedule a free phone consultation and learn more about your legal options.
We also work with clients in Trinity, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Westchase, Hudson, Elfers, Holiday, Bayonet Point, and New Port Richey.