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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.

Why Choose The Tampa Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Vanguard Attorneys

  • Our attorneys hold over 90 years of combined legal experience, representing injured cyclists across Tampa. We are dedicated to recovering the highest possible settlement on your behalf.
  • We have a diverse firm with women and people of color in leadership positions. We will leverage our unique experience, skills, and resources to craft a compelling case in your favor.
  • Bicycle accidents can result in painful, traumatic injuries. Our attorneys will handle all aspects of your claim on your behalf, allowing you to focus on healing and recovery.

Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents

In most cases, bicycle accidents are caused by negligent and reckless drivers who participate in the following actions:

  • Distracted driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to stop at stoplight or sign

Drivers who cause such accidents due to negligent actions should be held liable for bicyclists’ injuries, emotional distresses, lost wages, and more.

Legal Options for Injured Cyclists in Tampa

If you were hit by a motorist while riding a bike in Tampa, you may be eligible for legal action. In these situations, the lawyers at Vanguard Attorneys can help you identify your optimal path to recovery and pursue the compensation that you deserve.

There are multiple legal options available to injured Tampa cyclists, such as the following.

  • First-Party Insurance Claims: Florida is a no-fault state that requires all motorists to hold personal injury protection (PIP) coverage in the event of an accident. If you are hit by a vehicle while riding a bike, you can file a claim under your own PIP insurance for monetary damages like medical expenses.
  • Personal Injury Lawsuits: You can file a personal injury lawsuit in Florida civil court if another party’s actions caused your bicycle accident. As long as you can prove negligence in your claim, you can recover compensation for the full extent of your injuries and losses.
  • Third-Party Insurance Claims: If your injuries meet certain thresholds defined by Florida law, you can file a third-party claim against the at-fault motorist’s insurance policy.

Different pathways are best for different types of bicycle accident cases. Your injury lawyer from Vanguard Attorneys can identify your optimal path to recovery and help you take your first steps toward filing a claim.

What Compensation Is Available to Tampa Bicycle Accident Victims?

Through a bicycle accident lawsuit, you have the right to recover two types of compensation: economic and non-economic. Economic damages involve the tangible, financial losses that you sustained, while non-economic damages involve intangible pain and suffering.

Examples of compensation available in Florida bicycle accident claims include the following.

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Disability accommodations
  • Chronic pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

How The Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Vanguard Attorneys Can Help

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:

  • Paint transfers
  • Chipped paint
  • Bent frames
  • Bent wheels
  • Damaged brake pads

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.

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident

The moments after a bicycle accident can be overwhelming. In these situations, it is important to seek help as soon as possible by calling 911 and reporting the accident to law enforcement. Seek medical attention as soon as you can, and save all records related to the collision and your injuries.

If you are able to move without putting yourself in danger or at risk further injury, document as much evidence as you can. Take photographs and videos of the accident scene, all involved vehicles, and your injury and property damage. Collect contact information from the at-fault motorist and any witnesses in the area. After seeking help, contact a Tampa car accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your next steps.

Schedule Your Free Consultation with a Tampa Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you are injured in a bicycle accident, the lawyers at Vanguard Attorneys can help you recover the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free case consultation and discuss your legal options with a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer.

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