Tampa Bicycle Accident Attorney
In addition to being a healthy activity, bicycling is both an environmentally friendly and cost effective means of transportation, especially when you consider the ever-increasing fuel prices. While many motorists see bicycles as annoyances on the road, responsible cyclists have every right to be on the road. Unfortunately, Florida leads the nation in the number of annual bicyclist deaths and approximately 52,000 people were injured in bicycle accidents in 2008 alone.
Causes of Bike Accidents
Many circumstances can contribute to bicycle accidents. Weather, visibility and road conditions have a significant impact on cyclists, but often defective equipment can contribute to accidents as well. Unfortunately, many accidents involving cyclists happen due to a collision with a car or truck, subjecting the cyclist to the critical danger of an impact with a vehicle. In a joint study by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the University of North Carolina, 750 bicycle collisions with motor vehicles were examined and the leading cause of accidents was found to be the motorist's failure to yield the right of way. Drunk drivers are also responsible for many bicycle accidents.
Insurance companies will move quickly to settle the case. Don't sign an agreement that you do not feel is fair. It is crucial that you contact a Tampa personal injury attorney from our office as soon as possible to review your case in order to fight for the compensation that is deserved.
Serious Bicycle Injury Cases in Tampa, FL
Bicycle riders are extremely vulnerable to serious injury or even catastrophic injuries when involved in an accident, particularly when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Bicycle riders can be subject to massive forces with little or no protection from the impact. Frequent injuries suffered by bicyclists include:
These types of injuries can leave you not only with physical and emotional trauma, but also medical bills, missed work, inability to provide for your family and many other potential damages. This is one of the many reasons that you should consider filing a personal injury claim if you have suffered a bike accident, and our firm is here to help you throughout the entire process.