A Guide to Bicycle Accidents
In 2012, 120 bicyclists died in traffic accidents Florida. In fact, Florida’s death rate for cyclists is three times higher than the national rate. Often times, cyclists do not pursue a personal injury claim after a collision. As a cyclist, you should know that you have rights. And, if you plan on riding your bike on the streets of Florida, it is imperative that you know how to protect yourself in the event of an accident.
Causes of Bicyclist-Automobile Accidents
There are many factors that may cause a bicycle-automobile accident. However, many bicycle accidents are caused by an inattentive driver. Common causes of accidents include:
- A driver entering the street from a driveway;
- A driver or cyclist failing to yield at an intersection;
- A distracted driver or cyclist;
- A driver following a cyclist too closely;
- A driver not giving a cyclist enough passing room; or
- A driver or cyclist impaired by drugs or alcohol.
An accident while riding your bike is frightening. Oftentimes, even small impact can have devastating consequences. This is true even when a cyclist is wearing a substantial amount of protective gear. If you are on your bike, it is important that you pay attention to the scene of the accident. If you do not require immediate medical attention, then you can take a few steps that will help ensure that you have all the information you need to file a personal injury claim that may cover damage to your bike and potential medical expenses. The following includes a few tips that can make filing a personal injury claim related to your bike accident easier:
- Wait for the police to arrive. The police report will contain information that will be useful when you file your personal injury claim.
- Collect the driver’s information. Make sure that you get the driver’s information. This includes the driver’s name, address, phone, driver’s license number, license plate number and insurance information.
- Collect contact information from witnesses. If anyone saw what happened be sure to quickly get their name and phone number.
- Preserve any evidence: Wait before fixing your bike and make sure to take photos of the damage.
Similar to accidents involving pedestrians, an accident between a bike and a car involves complicated legal issues. If you have had an accident with a car while biking, you should seek advice from a personal injury attorney. Insurance may not cover all your medical expenses or rehabilitation costs or other unexpected costs.
Cyclists have Rights and Deserve Compensation
If you are a cyclist injured in an accident with a car, you have the right to compensation for your losses and medical expenses. Alan Goldfarb, P.A. has successful experience in personal injury law. The Miami personal injury attorneys at our office can provide you with advice and counsel on your legal options after an accident with a car. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with our office by calling (305)-371-3111.