From the most avid cross-country cyclists to children riding in neighborhoods, bicyclists are injured every day due to negligent motorists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 618 fatal bicycle accidents in the U.S. in 2010 and a staggering 51,000 bicyclists were seriously injured. Unfortunately, far too many of these bicycle accidents that result in serious injuries occur in the Sunshine State. Many of these accidents are the result of careless drivers, motorcyclists, drunk drivers, or truck drivers.
With the frequency and severity of these accidents, Florida bicycle law has become very important to us at Vanguard Attorneys. State laws regulate the way bicyclists and motorists share the roadway. For example, when a motorist passes a bicyclist, the driver must remain a minimum of three feet away from the cyclist. When motorists drive negligently, carelessly, or recklessly, bicyclists on the road face the risk of suffering serious injuries. Unfortunately, when bicyclists are involved in such collisions, the results are often detrimental and life altering. Such catastrophic injuries often require specialized and continuous medical care, which can be costly.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact our Tampa bicyclist accident lawyers at Vanguard Attorneys so we can begin working on your personal injury claim right away. We can provide you with a free consultation.
In most cases, bicycle accidents are caused by negligent and reckless drivers who participate in the following actions:
Drivers who cause such accidents due to negligent actions should be held liable for bicyclists’ injuries, emotional distresses, lost wages, and more.
When a motorist wants to claim that fault of the personal injury lies with the bicyclist for “coming out of nowhere,” our team wants to be able to refute those claims. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys will obtain photographs of your bicycle accident injuries, the scene of the crash, and the motor vehicle involved.
We will also have your bicycle examined by an expert who can analyze important factors like:
We know that even the most careful bicyclists cannot always avoid a collision. As your Tampa personal injury law firm, we will protect your rights and help you receive the fair outcome you deserve.
If you would like to speak with a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer regarding your case, contact us today.