According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Board, more than 800 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2015. In addition to fatalities, bicyclists reported an estimated 45,000 injuries that same year. With sunshine and favorable conditions year-round, Florida has a high concentration of both pleasure riders and business commuters. As a result, Florida is among the top 3 states in the United States for bicycle accidents, a figure which continues to grow.
Bicyclists have the same rights to be on the roads as other vehicles. Accordingly, riders must also adhere to the same rules of the road as other motorists. Unfortunately, many drivers remain reluctant to share the roads. Drivers are often dismissive towards bicyclists, expressing a general discontent about sharing Florida’s roadways. Therefore, if you or a loved one are injured by an aggressive or negligent driver, it is important to know what to do to protect yourself.
Cities across Florida have taken notice of the incline in bike riders and are becoming more accommodating and bicycle friendly. From dedicated lanes, bicycle trails, bicycle racks, and access in conjunction with public transportation, bicycle riding continues to increase. As such, it is imperative that Florida’s riders utilize helmets, blinkers, reflectors and other safety devices to protect themselves from negligent drivers. Already at a distinct disadvantage, injuries from bicycle crashes are generally more severe toward the more fragile, and less shielded, bicyclist.
Robinson Law is dedicated to aiding bicycle victims secure the justice that they and their families deserve. Our attorneys and staff are trained to handle cases from inception through trial. It is our mission to see that our clients are fairly compensated for their pain and suffering, unpaid medical expenses, and lost wages.
Following an accident, insurance representatives may attempt to contact you, ask you to provide a recorded statement and try to minimize liability. Do not discuss your accident with the insurance company before calling Robinson Law for a FREE CONSULTATION. Florida requires certain insurance coverage for automobiles, yet coverage for bicyclists is not mandatory. Therefore, if you are hit by a vehicle and do not have an insurance policy of your own, you may qualify for Personal Injury Protection under the at-fault driver’s policy. This will help pay for your medical bills and lost wages due to their negligence.
Our staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to assist you; dial 1-833-MAKE-THE-CALL (625-3843) so we can answer your questions, guide you through the insurance process and report the claim on your behalf.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT:
- Stop and assess the situation.
- Call 911.
- Seek medical attention if necessary.
- If you are physically able to, get as much information from everyone at the accident scene, especially any witnesses. At the very least, write down the tag number of the vehicle involved in the accident.
- Take pictures of the damage to your bicycle and other vehicles involved in the accident, even if only with a camera phone.
- Only speak to law enforcement regarding your accident.
- Review the police report and make sure all documented information is accurate.
- Do not provide any statements or sign any documents for insurance company representatives or other adverse individuals prior to contacting our law office.
- Dial 1-833-MAKE-THE-CALL (625-3843) for a FREE CONSULTATION, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our team.
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