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Bikes are legitimate vehicles that are allowed on the road. Bicyclists are considered operators of vehicles when they’re on the road, and they still have the same responsibility to operate their vehicle safely and to keep up with traffic. A person on a bicycle can take up a full lane, but they are required to ride at the same pace as other vehicles when they do so.
Drivers of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, however, may not have the same knowledge of how biking rights work. Bicyclists have to operate their bikes with caution, knowing that many cars and large vehicles will cut them off, fail to see them during a turn or lane change, or put them in unsafe situations at the very edge of a lane.
The consequences of a car turning into a bicyclist, for example, can be significant. Injuries and damage will almost certainly be focused on the rider, not on the car that did not look before making their turn. Some of the most common injuries for a person hit while riding a bike are brain injuries, and could even include a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A cyclist could suffer sprains, broken bones, injured muscle groups, trauma to genitourinary organs, or even damage to soft tissue and skin.
All of these injuries not only require medical care, but can severely impact a victim’s ability to go to work, support their loved ones, and live the life they’re used to. If you have been in an accident as a bicyclist, you need to speak with us about the possibility of pursuing financial compensation.
We can advise you on whether filing a lawsuit against a driver’s insurance company is in your best interest. If we believe we should work together and you choose to hire us, we will take care of the legal process and help you make the best decision possible about your case. The best way to find out if you should file a lawsuit is to take advantage of our free consultation. We will discuss your situation, but there is no charge and no obligation to hire us. The call and our conversation are completely free.
Bike riders have a lot to watch out for on the road. There are a few things that every cyclist can do to help keep themselves safe and avoid a crash.
Be mindful of all rules and laws in your city or town. It’s also helpful to know how bicycles are expected to operate in the state of Florida.
Bicycles are legitimate vehicles, but larger vehicles like trucks, cars, delivery vans, and even buses may not give bicyclists the space and attention they would give to another large vehicle. Drivers need to watch for bikes when turning right and passing through a bike lane, when turning left through an intersection, and when merging into a new lane. All of these situations can be dangerous for bike riders if a driver is not paying attention or is inconsiderate.
Bicyclists can also be at fault for accidents. It’s incredibly important to stay alert and obey all traffic laws. When a bike rider causes an accident or injury, these are the most common causes:
Riders also have to look out for elements out of their control to stay safe. Some common causes of bike accidents that a bicyclist cannot control are:
Who is responsible for a cycling accident in Florida?
Every bicycle accident is unique. Determining who is at fault for an accident can depend on a variety of factors, such as who had the right-of-way, who failed to take adequate precautions in operating their vehicle, or who caused a collision. The most efficient way to get an answer that takes your specific situation into account is to speak with a Whittel & Melton lawyer experienced with cycling accident claims.
Is Florida a no-fault state or an at-fault state?
Florida is a no-fault state. This means that insurance companies pay for the injuries or repairs for the individuals under their policy, but there are limits to how much an individual can get covered under no-fault coverage. Bike riders are not required to have insurance the way a driver is, so there may not be coverage from the rider’s own policy. For a Florida bicyclist this could mean that it will take legal action to get full compensation from the insurance company.
Does car insurance cover bicycle accidents?
If a bicyclist is in an accident caused by a driver, the bike rider could have their injuries and damage paid for by the driver’s insurance.
Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance can also provide coverage for injuries, lost wages, and more. This is insurance that is offered in no-fault states like Florida so that an injured person can get coverage no matter who is at fault for an accident.
Figuring out whether your insurance or a driver’s insurance can be difficult in a no-fault state. Our legal team works with accident claims all the time, so we’ll be able to give you the best advice about how to get your injuries and loss covered.
What can a lawyer do for me?
We help our clients secure financial help so that they can recover from their injuries and return to their lives once they’ve been able to heal. Without additional financial help, medical bills can put a considerable weight on an injured person and their family. If a person was injured and has kids or family to care for, an accident can turn their lives completely upside-down. When that happens, we’re here to help.
What kind of compensation could I receive after a bike accident?
If you’ve been in a bike accident, you know that the injuries and loss can be significant. A physical injury requires medical care, but it could also impact how you’re able to take care of your kids, elder relatives, or even your work.
Lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical care are all things that we can help pursue compensation for. The impact of an accident is not just the cost of a physical injury, but the way it changes your life. If an accident was caused by a driver while you were riding your bike, we want to help you.
Bike injuries can even seem small, but some injuries come to light after an accident. This could be a tissue or muscle injury or a brain injury. It is incredibly important to get medical care after an accident, even if it doesn’t seem ‘that bad.’
Florida bicyclists face one of the most dangerous environments for anyone riding a bike in the U.S. Florida has the highest number of deaths of bicyclists, as of 2019.
In 2019 AAA surveyed Florida bicyclists about their riding habits. Many cyclists (36%) answered that they did not wear a helmet while biking. Only 56% of riders follow the direction of traffic, while 21% of people responding ride against traffic so that they can see cars and other vehicles approaching.
A bike rider is at a significant risk of serious injury if they get into an accident with another vehicle. Cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles can cause damage to a bike or a bicyclist. It’s important to get all injuries checked by a doctor after an accident so that you get the appropriate care & can secure all possible compensation.
These are a few of the injuries a bicyclist could suffer because of a wreck:
Bike wrecks that result in a traumatic brain injury, trauma to internal organs, or severe damage to the skin deserve adequate medical treatment. Let us help make sure that you get the care and rest you need to recover.
There are a few important things to do before leaving the scene of an accident. These steps can help ensure that your case has all the evidence it needs to get you the compensation you deserve. Follow these steps as closely as possible after a bike accident.