Bicycle Accident Injury Lawyers in Hollywood, FL
Accident Attorneys serving all of Florida, including Palm Beach County, Broward County & Miami-Dade County.
When you are involved in a bicycle accident, you want to be defended by attorneys with extensive experience, a passion and drive for winning cases, and a proven track record.
Florida is known for its year-round sunshine, which means that nearly every day is a good day to go bicycle riding. However, in recent years, the rate of bicycle accidents has increased. Nationally, Florida holds the highest number of bicycle fatalities. How can we prevent these tragedies from occurring while also ensuring that those who use their bicycles as a mode of transportation should be protected while on the road? Well, since most bicycle accidents are due to a driver’s inattentiveness and lack of awareness of both the law and bicyclists on the road, there are a few preventative measures that can be taken.
How Do Bicycle Accidents Happen?
Most bicycle accidents happen from a collision with a motor vehicle. It is important for drivers to understand the depth of sharing the road, especially with laws in place to ensure that bicyclists get the right of way. Failure of drivers to yield to bikers in many situations is usually what causesbicycle accidents. To put this into perspective, imagine you’re pulling up to a red light to make a right turn- but a bicyclist is passing straight in front of you to go through the green light. This event is common, and causes a driver to t-bone into a bicyclist, resulting in severe damage. Another common cause of a bicycle accident is when a driver makes a right at a green light witha bicyclist driving alongside in the bike lane. The car is sideways in front of the biker who is forced to slam into the right side of the car.
What Do You Do After a Bicycle Accident?
After being involved in a bicycle accident, your pain may vary from minor to excruciating. Do notpanic, but rather stay calm and breathe deeply to meditate on any pain you may be experiencing. In any case, it is crucial to call the police first to get a police report going which willstate the occurrence and any injuries you have suffered. At the scene, gather as many eyewitnesses as possible, document the license plate of the driver, and record the location where the accident took place. Having eyewitnesses will help your side of the story gets into the police report. This is why it is important not to negotiate with the driver, as they may be apologetic at first, only to later deny any negligence. Bicyclists are considered to be the most vulnerable on the road since they are not encased in a heavy motor vehicle. Since it is extremely rare for accidents to be caused by bicyclists, a policeman’s arrival at the scene will almost always result in a ticket for the driver which will guide your case in the right direction.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Some of the more common injuries sustained after a bicycle accident are typically musculoskeletal, or injuries such as a fractured clavicle, torn ligaments in the shoulder, broken arm/wrist, pelvic fracture, leg fracture, back injuries, spinal cord injuries. The second most common area of injury sustained after a bicycle accident occurs oftentimes when a cyclist neglects the use of a helmet. These head injuries include concussions, cerebral contusions,
intracranial hematoma, and skull fractures. Falling off of a bike will almost always cause scrapes and other soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, whiplash, lacerations, and other skin abrasions
How Do I Claim Insurance After a Bike Accident?
If you’ve been involved in an accident while riding your bike, you may file a claim to be compensated for your injuries. At the time of the accident, call the police to tell them your location, the injuries you’ve sustained, and if the car that hit you fled the scene. Rather than negotiating with the driver, record their license plate number, the make/model/year of their car, their driver’s license number, full name and contact information, their auto insurance company and their policy number. If you are injured, accept medical help at the scene. Even if your injuries are minor, your symptoms may possibly worsen as time goes by. After filing your police report and receiving medical attention at the scene, call the attorneys at Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. for a free case analysis!
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