Bike Accident Attorney Tampa
Tampa Florida has been blessed with beautiful weather, miles of walkways and bike lanes, so many people decide to ride their bicycles either for exercise, fun, or to work. With so many bicyclists out and about, it’s not a surprise that the number of bicycle accidents has been on a steady rise. If you or a loved one have been involved in a bicycle accident, hiring a personal injury attorney will help you assess your case and protect your rights!
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Bicyclists are much more likely to be killed in Florida than any other state according to a recent report by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of all roadway accidents, and bicycle accidents are no exception. If a driver is texting and driving or gets distracted by passengers in the car, they’re less likely to notice bicyclists, which can ultimately lead to an accident.
Aggressive driving or road rage is another cause that can lead to a bicycle accident. Aggressive driving refers to driving that can endanger others. This includes driving too close to a cyclist, purposefully cutting off someone, and even making angry gestures. Road rage refers to assault with a vehicle or other weapons on other drivers or passengers.
Failing to yield to bicyclists at intersections, driving in the bicycle lane, traffic violations, speeding, turning in front of a cyclist, and opening car doors in the path of a bicyclist are just some of the other common causes that can lead to brain injuries, broken or fractured bones, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, and whiplash injuries in cyclists.
What You Should Do After a Bicycle Accident
- If you or a loved one were injured in a bicycle accident, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Even if you feel fine, there might be injuries you’re unaware of because of all the adrenaline coursing through your system. There are also injuries, such as concussions, that are not immediately obvious at the scene of the accident. Most importantly, having medical records as proof of your injuries will help you ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
- Take photos of the scene of the accident, including the surrounding intersections, car and bicycle damages, as well as glass and car or bicycle parts on the roadway. You’ll also want to look for witnesses and write down their names, addresses, and phone numbers.
- Next thing you need to do is contact a personal injury attorney. Many times, drivers and their insurance companies will try to blame the bicyclist for causing an accident—especially if the accident was serious.You’re not obligated to talk to the insurance company of the driver that hit you. In fact, you’ll want to let your attorney answer all questions to make sure you don’t say something the other side might use against you.
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