Hundreds of bicyclists are injured or killed every year nationwide, with thousands more being injured. Many of these accidents are the result of inattentive and/or irresponsible drivers. School-aged children and the elderly are exceptionally vulnerable.
Operators of motor vehicles in the State of Florida are required to follow all traffic laws including paying attention to bicyclists. The most common causes of bicyclist accidents are the following actions by drivers:
- Negligently turning at an intersection.
- Driving above the posted speed limit.
- Failing to yield to bicyclists at marked crosswalks or in specified bicyclist lanes.
- Being inattentive or pre-occupied with something other than driving.
- Driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs.
Under Florida law, the bicyclist has the burden to prove that the driver negligently caused the accident. Because of this, it is critical that all evidence be immediately obtained and documented, including taking photographs of the vehicle, obtaining statements from eyewitnesses and determining if the vehicle has a “black box” unit which may record vehicle speed.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a bicyclist and did not have automobile insurance, or did not reside with a relative that had automobile insurance, you may be entitled to insurance benefits under the at-fault party’s automobile insurance policy. We have been successful in obtaining insurance coverage under the at-fault party’s insurance policy many times.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of an accident and needs a Bicycle Accident Attorney, contact us today to set up a free consultation. There is no obligation.