When you hear “bicycle accident,” your first thought may be of childhood scraped knees and fender benders. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents can lead to serious injuries, and even death.
The year-round nice weather in Tampa makes bicycling a popular activity, which means more opportunity for accidents and injuries. In 2015, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Florida had the highest bicycle fatality rate in the country. In fact, across several years, bicycle fatality rates in Florida were at least twice the national average.
Florida Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents occur in many ways, including:
- The bicyclist hits a pothole or other hazard and suffers an injury
- Two bicyclists collide
- A bicycle collides with a pedestrian
- A driver or passenger opens a car door into the bicyclist’s path
- A car or truck hits a bicyclist
Whether you are a bicyclist who has been injured through someone else’s negligence or a pedestrian who was injured by a bicyclist, you have rights. Some of the key losses you may be able to recover for include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
The attorney you speak to about your case will be able to provide more information about the damages you may be able to recover.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer about Your Bicycle Accident
When you’ve been injured through someone else’s negligence, you can pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the person who injured you or the company responsible. Bicycle accidents are no different. If you’ve been hurt or a loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, schedule a free consultation today.
Our personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to:
- Assess your claim
- Identify the responsible party or parties
- Investigate the collectability of your claim through insurance or assets
- Gather evidence on your behalf
- Interview witnesses to your bicycle accident
- Negotiate on your behalf
- Represent you during mediation
- Prepare your case and represent you at trial, if necessary
Collecting Evidence in a Bicycle Accident Case
Fortunately, the first step toward creating a record after a bicycle injury is to seek medical attention—which is exactly what you should be doing, anyway. Seeing a doctor will create a record of your injuries, and tie those injuries in time to the accident.
If you are able, it is extremely helpful to obtain contact information for witnesses at the scene.
However, most of the evidence collection will necessarily be handled by your personal injury law firm. That’s one reason it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. In addition to gathering evidence such as medical records and witness statements, our law firm works with experts such as accident reconstructionists to investigate and offer proof regarding the cause of the accident.
We’ll Do the Work While You Work on Recovering
When you’ve suffered a serious injury and it’s aggravated by the stress of lost work time and mounting medical expenses, you have enough on your mind. Receiving telephone calls and forms from the other party’s insurance company can aggravate that stress, and offers an opportunity for you to make mistakes that could seriously damage your case.
The good news is that you don’t have to handle it alone. Just call us at 1-800-253-5523 or fill out the free consultation form on this page to learn more about how we can help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries.