More cyclists are taking to the street than ever these days as cities attempt to make their streets bicycle friendly. However, more cyclists raise the chances of an accident as not every motorist follows the traffic laws that require them to yield to bicycles. While Florida law aims to protect cyclists, drivers do not always do their part.
Florida is the deadliest state in the country for bicyclists. Even though it is not the most populous state in the U.S., Florida has the most cyclist fatality of any state. In 2017, there were 125 cyclists killed in Florida. This accounted for nearly one out of every six fatalities in the entire country. For every bicyclist who is killed in an accident, many more are injured. Just in the first quarter of 2019, almost 1,600 cyclists were injured.
A study of the data shows that the common causes of bicycle accidents in Florida included:
In addition, the surge in distracted driving has also made life dangerous for bicyclists. Too many drivers are taking their eyes off the road to use their mobile device behind the wheel.
Florida has a number of laws that protect bikers from the possible dangers posed by vehicles. They include:
Unfortunately, bikers are often critically injured in crashes with vehicles. Since there is no car to protect them, bicyclists take the full brunt of impact in a crash with a car. In addition, they may also be thrown from the bike onto the pavement. Statistics show that bicyclists are almost always hurt in crashes, and the injuries vary in severity. Common bicycle injuries can include:
Even if injuries are not apparent at the scene of the accident, injured cyclists need to always get checked out by a physician after an accident. This is especially true since many of the injuries affect the brain. These injuries may not be immediately apparent, and signs may not show up until days or weeks later. The sooner you discover your injuries, the more effective medical treatment you can receive. Some brain injuries can get worse if they are not treated.
At 388CEDA, we have physicians that can give you a full examination after a bicycle accident. Some tests and services that we offer include:
After your injuries have been diagnosed, and you have a sense of the damages that you have suffered, you can seek financial compensation for the accident. This is where you would file a claim with the insurance company to recover. However, dealing with the insurance company is not always easy. Injured cyclists need an attorney to guide them through the legal process and negotiate with the insurance company on their behalf.
While there are many attorneys out there who say that they can handle your case, you may not know which lawyer is right for you. Sometimes, a good recommendation can make all the difference in the world in your bicycle accident case. At 388CEDA, we work with a network of experienced lawyers with a track record of fighting for the rights of injured clients. When you call us and ask, we can recommend an attorney to you from our vast network. This can save you time and hassle and is helpful when you are dealing with injuries.
Call us at 1.800.388.CEDA as soon as you are able, so you can begin to get a full diagnosis of your injuries that you would need to pave the way for an insurance claim. If you want, we can also recommend to you an attorney who can assist you with the claims process. You may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries if you were in a bicycle accident.
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