In 2011 alone, more than 4,600 people were injured in bicycle accidents throughout the state of Florida, and more than 120 others were killed. Sadly, most of these accidents could have been prevented. If you or someone you love was hit by a negligent motorist while riding your bike, you may have grounds to seek financial compensation. Get in touch with the Tampa personal injury attorneys at The Florida Law Group to learn more about your rights! We can put more than 100 years of collective legal experience to work for you as soon as you give us a call.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents in Florida
When a negligent motorist makes the decision to drive above the speed limit, talk on their phone while driving, drive under the influence, or engage in reckless behavior while behind the wheel, they put everyone else at risk – including the bicyclists who share the road.
In many cases, bicycle accidents are caused by negligent motorists who:
- Fail to yield to bicyclists at intersections
- Fail to stop at red lights or stop signs
- Drive in designated bike lanes
- Turn directly in front of a bicyclist
- Engage in distracted driving behavior
- Drive while under the influence
- Open their door in the path of a bicyclist
- Don’t leave enough room for a bicyclist
What You Should Do After a Bicycle Accident
If you were hit by a motor vehicle while riding your bike, the first thing you should do is contact an attorney. Many times, drivers and their insurance companies will try to blame the bicyclist for causing an accident—especially if the accident was serious. You shouldn’t let the insurance company intimidate you into thinking that the accident was your fault. Instead, you should avoid giving a statement about the accident until you have had the chance to consult a lawyer from The Florida Law Group. We can ensure your rights are protected!
To summarize, here are the steps you should take after a bicycle accident:
- Call the police if the accident was serious
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident
- Get contact information from any witnesses
- Keep your bike unrepaired to use as evidence
- Contact our Tampa personal injury lawyers
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After an accident, there is no time to waste – contact the Tampa injury attorneys at The Florida Law Group today to get started on your case. Initial consultations are free and confidential, so you would have nothing to lose by giving us a call. We have already recovered millions of dollars on behalf of past clients, and now, we are ready to do the same for you. Having been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers and listed among the Best Lawyers in America®, our firm knows what it takes to win. Call now to find out how we can help you!
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