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Florida has the perfect weather and temperatures year-round. So, it is no wonder why visitors and locals love to ride their bicycles as often as possible. Whether they are riding their bikes to work or just for leisure, they often have to cross congested streets or even share the road with cars.
Jacksonville Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Unfortunately, most cars do not look out for cyclists nor do they care that they are supposed to share the road. As a result, there are hundreds of devastating bicycle accidents in the state each year.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a bicycle accident, you need a bicycle accident attorney that knows how to file these types of claims and win you the maximum compensation.
You Have Rights
Bicycles are treated like vehicles here in Florida, which means you must follow the rules of the road if you are on the road with your bicycle. You must also use your own best judgment about wearing protective clothing, as it isn’t required by the law. Of course, helmets are highly recommended. Wearing lights or reflective gear for night riding can ensure vehicles see you.
Many bike riders take every precaution in the book and are still struck by an inattentive driver or negligent individual. Some of the more common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Cars failing to yield the right of way
- Cars losing control and hitting a cyclist
- Cars that do not see bike riders entering the intersection
- Cars that are backing out and hit a rider
- Cars that run red lights, stop signs or fail to obey traffic signals
- Cars that do not look before turning
- Cars that do not give bicycle riders enough room to pass
- Cars that open their doors onto oncoming cyclists
All of these causes are preventable and are caused because of the negligence of the driver.
Wrongful Death Cases
Often, bicycle accidents turn tragic, especially at higher speeds. Bicyclists are more likely to suffer from life-threatening injuries or even death.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver or even a truck operator, you may be entitled to compensation.
Injuries Associated with Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents often result in more serious injuries and the victims of these accidents will need long-term care and sometimes rehabilitative therapy just to function as they once did. Those who survive may have their lives altered forever or even be permanently paralyzed.
Some of the common injuries associated with these types of devastating accidents include:
- Brain injuries – including mild or severe traumatic brain injuries
- Skull fractures
- Broken ribs
- Road rash
- Severe cuts and lacerations
- Broken or fractured bones
- Permanent disfigurement
- Facial scarring
- Internal bleeding and internal organ damage
Injured in a Bike Accident? Contact Our Team of Jacksonville Bicycle Accident Attorneys Now
If you or a loved one were injured in a bike accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde & Ashton, P. A. today. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve for your case – and we will not rest until the liable party is held responsible.
We can get you compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and even the loss of a loved one. These tragic accidents are always preventable; let us seek justice for your case.
Get started today by contacting our team of Jacksonville bicycle accident attorneys for a free case evaluation. There is no obligation to hire us even after you meet with us. Call us today.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)