Cycling is a popular pastime in our community because of the ideal weather conditions year round. However, it can also be dangerous since bicycles are sharing the road with other vehicles and have little protection when involved in a collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 50,000 cyclists are injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes each year. This number is only a fraction of the real statistics because most bicycle accidents are never reported. According to Florida law, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Although both bicyclists and drivers have the same duties on the road, bicyclists must take extra precautions while riding. Due to the difference in size and protection, cyclists usually suffer the most in a collision. Even with a helmet and protective clothing, you are no match for a car or truck. Common injuries include head trauma, fractures, spinal injuries, serious abrasions and severe road rash. The injuries may result in costly medical expenses, long-term health problems and may affect the cyclist’s ability to earn a living now and in the future.
If you are in a bike accident, you must first seek medical attention. After receiving treatment, it is important to preserve evidence by taking photos of your injuries and damaged to your bicycle. Our attorneys will discuss with you the specifics of your accident and prepare your case to receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (239) 298-8375 for a free case consultation.