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Bicycle Accidents

At Garnes Injury Law, our Hollywood bicycle injury attorneys boast extensive experience and a proven track record in advocating for those harmed by negligent motorists or poorly maintained roads. If you’ve sustained an injury in a bike accident, reach out to us to explore your legal options and discover how we can assist you in securing the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Assisting Victims of Florida Bicycle Accidents

Whether it’s the climate, the appeal of cycling as a healthy exercise, or the soaring gas prices, numerous individuals in Florida opt for bicycles. Sadly, owing to the volume of cyclists and the driving habits of some residents and visitors, Florida has consistently led the nation in bicycle accident fatalities since 2001. In 2022 alone, 125 bicyclists lost their lives in Florida, and thousands more faced severe injuries.

Various factors contribute to accidents involving cyclists and motor vehicles, with negligence often on the driver’s part. Common errors by drivers include:

  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Insufficient room provision when passing a bicycle
  • Oversight of a cyclist at intersections
  • Turning into the path of a cyclist during right or left turns

Responsibilities & Rights of Bicyclists in Florida

In Florida, bicycles are legally considered vehicles, granting cyclists the same rights on roadways while obliging them to adhere to traffic laws applicable to other vehicles. These laws encompass stopping at stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, and yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway.

Key Florida Bicyclist Responsibilities:

  • Obeying all traffic controls and signals
  • Using a fixed, regular seat while riding
  • Carrying the intended number of people as per the bike’s design
  • Maintaining at least one hand on the handlebars while riding
  • Ensuring the bike has a brake capable of stopping within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour
  • Parents and guardians preventing children or minors from violating these rules

While adherence to these rules does not necessarily impact your ability to seek compensation for injuries, following them can contribute to preventing future injuries.

Rights of Bicyclists in Florida:

Staying to the right: Cyclists must ride as far to the right as practicable, maintaining at least 2 feet of clearance from the edge of usable pavement.

Narrow roadways: If a lane is too narrow for safe sharing, cyclists are entitled to use the entire lane.

Intersections: Cyclists can ride through intersections in a lane serving through traffic and right turns, positioning themselves to avoid common collisions.

One-way streets: On one-way streets with two or more lanes, cyclists have the right to use the left lane.

Paved shoulders: Cyclists are not obliged to ride on paved shoulders when no curb is present, reducing the risk of common crossing collisions.

Bicycle Accident Injuries

Collisions between bicycles and vehicles weighing over 2,000 pounds often result in severe injuries, including:

Head Injuries: Ranging from minor concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries.

Facial Injuries: Such as lacerations, fractures, and dental injuries.

Neck Injuries: Whiplash from sudden head movements during impact.

Spinal Injuries: Range from strains to severe issues like herniated discs or spinal cord damage.

Broken Bones: Commonly affecting the collarbone, wrist, and ankle.

Abrasions and Lacerations: Resulting from contact with the ground or objects.

Internal Injuries: Organ damage or internal bleeding from the force of impact.

Seeking immediate medical attention after a bicycle accident is crucial, even if injuries aren’t immediately apparent.

What To Do After A Bike Accident

In the chaotic aftermath of a bicycle accident, taking prompt and decisive action is vital:

  • Contact the police immediately and ensure an accident report is filed within 72 hours if not done at the scene.
  • Seek immediate medical care, emphasizing the connection between injuries and the accident.
  • Gather information about the responsible driver, including name, insurance details, contact information, license plate number, and more.
  • Collect witness contact information.
  • Use your cell phone to document the accident scene, damages to your bike and the vehicle, and any injuries sustained.

Additionally, contact experienced Florida bicycle accident attorney Erika Garnes before engaging with the insurance company representing the driver responsible for the accident. Garnes Injury Law can provide the guidance and representation needed to secure rightful compensation.

Why Hire Garnes Injury Law After My Bicycle Accident?

When you or a loved one faces injuries from a bicycle accident, you don’t have to navigate the ensuing medical costs and repercussions alone. Florida bicycle injury lawyer Erika Garnes is here to help you secure the necessary compensation for current and future medical treatments, medications, lost wages, and more. Garnes Injury Law can file claims against the at-fault driver, their insurer, and third parties whose negligence contributed to the accident. In the unfortunate event of a family member’s death in a bicycle accident, Erika Garnes can assist in seeking compensation for wrongful death and other damages.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can I obtain damages from if I’ve been injured in a bicycle accident?

Possibilities include the negligent driver, their insurance companies, and third parties contributing to the accident.

Who or what is considered a “third party” to the injury?

This could involve the manufacturer and retailer of your bike, government entities responsible for road maintenance, and private property owners and insurers.

What damages might I obtain?

Possible compensation covers medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and psychological issues like depression or anxiety.

Can I still receive some money if I am partially at fault for the accident?

Yes, but your compensation may be reduced based on the percentage of fault attributed to you.

Should I contact an attorney to help me?

Seeking the advice of an experienced injury attorney is recommended for several reasons, including the complexity of personal injury cases, improved access to quality medical care, and protection against inadequate settlements.

I’ve been contacted by a representative from the other driver’s insurance company… what should I do?

Avoid disclosing details about the accident to the insurance company. Contact Florida bicycle injury attorneys at Garnes Injury Law before speaking with any representatives, ensuring your rights are protected. Call (754) 247-1936.

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