Tallahassee Bicycle Accident Attorney
Many Floridians love cycling, and use bicycles both for fun and practical transportation. Cycling has grown in popularity in recent years, and cities are quickly adapting to riders’ needs. New laws have been crafted to help ensure cyclists’ safety. Community programs are educating the public about bicycle safety, and helping teach motorists how to share the roads. As cyclists and drivers alike adapt to such safety precautions, roads are becoming safer for riders. However, cyclists still face many risks, including serious traffic accidents. Such accidents can result in severe injury or even death. If you were hurt in a Tallahassee bicycle accident, you should know you have legal options to seek financial compensation. Learn more about the legal process below. Then, speak with our Tallahassee bicycle accident attorney about moving forward.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
Perhaps the most common type of bicycle accidents involve a motor vehicle striking a cyclist. The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) recently released a report for the Florida Department of Transportation regarding bicycle safety. This report revealed a startlingly high number of serious or deadly bicycle crashes within the state between 2007 and 2011. During that four-year period, 21,935 people were hurt in bicycle accidents on Florida roads. In addition to those injuries, 532 fatal crashes occurred.
One reason the number of fatalities is so high is that cyclists are extremely vulnerable to motor vehicles. Unfortunately, cyclists do not have the protections that come with a car. In fact, state law does not even require riders over the age of 16 to wear a bicycle helmet, despite the protections helmets provide. Even if a cyclist wore a helmet, he or she could be catastrophically hurt in a traffic accident. Common bicycle injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Spinal injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Internal bleeding;
- Torn ligaments;
- Concussions; and
- Deep cuts or road rash.
There are instances of bicycle crashes that do not involve a vehicle. Some accidents may involve another cyclist, a pedestrian, or may be caused by poor road conditions. If your accident did not involve a motor vehicle, you still have options to seek compensation from the other party. A personal injury attorney can explain how the process works, and your next steps.
How Can I Get Compensation?
If your bicycle accident involved a motor vehicle, Florida law specifies how you can pursue compensation. The law requires accident victims to seek compensation for injuries and other damages through their personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. Every Florida driver is required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in PIP insurance. So, if you own a car, you can file an insurance claim even for your bicycle accident. If your insurance does not cover all your costs, you may then file a claim on the other party’s insurance. However, if you do not own a car and therefore do not carry PIP insurance, you still have options. In some cases, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the driver if he or she was at least partially at fault for the accident.
Experienced Tallahassee Bicycle Accidents Attorneys
Were you recently injured in a Tallahassee bicycle accident? Are medical bills or lost wages causing a financial burden? If so, contact Zelman Law to discuss getting compensated for your damages. Our Tallahassee bicycle accidents attorneys have helped accident victims just like you. Call us today and discuss your case with an experienced Florida attorney.