New Port Richey FL Personal Injury Attorney – Bicycle Injury Accidents
Unfortunately, the State of Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation for cycling, accounting for 1 in every 6 deaths nation wide.
Some of the common types of accidents are:
- A driver turning directly in front of a bicyclist
- A driver entering the street from a driveway or parking space pulls into traffic in front of the bicyclist
- A driver fails to yield at an intersection
- A driver fails to stop at a stop sign or red light
- A driver’s inattention while driving past a bicyclist
- A driver fails to look both ways when resuming travel after stopping at a stop sign
- A driver impaired by drugs or alcohol
However, an actual bicycle-motor vehicle crash does not have to occur in order for a bicyclist to receive compensation for his or her injuries. Some Florida bike accidents involve defective bikes, negligent placement of construction roadway markers, improper maintenance of roadway, and careless cycling by another cyclists on the road. In some cases, you may also recover damages if you were injured as a result of an evasive action in order to avoid being hit and crash instead.
You may recover damages for your injuries from the following:
- Negligent drivers of automobiles, buses or trucks if the accident was caused by the driver of a vehicle;
- Negligent manufacturers or retailers of bicycles, bicycle parts, bicycle accessories and/or vehicles if the accident was caused by a defective product;
- The City, County or State who maintains the roads if the accident is caused by a dangerous condition created by an unsafe roadway;
- Negligent repair shops or mechanics if the accident was caused by negligent repair of a vehicle or bicycle;
- Dangerous condition of public property if the accident happened due to negligent design, maintenance, or upkeep of public property, including construction, tree trimming, etc.;
- Dangerous condition of private property if the accident was caused by the negligent maintenance or upkeep of private property.
Facts any bicyclist should know:
- Florida law considers bicycles a vehicle, so bicyclists are accountable for traffic laws just like automobile drivers.
- Cyclists involved on a bicycle-motor vehicle accident may seek compensation for their injuries under their own car insurance policy; and in some cases, under the at-fault driver’s policy.
- It is recommended that bicyclists involved in a crash consult with an experienced injury attorney because they can help victims obtain all of the compensation they deserve.
For an overview of Florida Bicycle laws and more visit: http://dnslaw.com.s132860.gridserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/FloridaBicycleLawEnforcementGuide.pdf
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact the Florida bicycle accident lawyers at Williams, Ristoff & Proper today. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means there are no fees or costs unless we win.
Williams, Ristoff & Proper, P.L.C.
4532 U.S. Highway 19
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Telephone: (727) 842-9758
Fax: (727) 848-2494
Toll Free: (800) 450-8820