Tampa Bicycle Accident Attorney
Were you injured riding your bike in Florida?
One of the best ways to get around Tampa is by riding your bike. With environmental,
financial, and health benefits, little beats the year-round enjoyment
that Floridians get from riding their bikes to school, work, and around
town. Unfortunately, with so many bicyclists on the road, auto drivers
that are not used to sharing the roads often find themselves in collision
with bicyclists. Due to the lack of protection surrounding a bike, serious
personal injury can occur.
If you find yourself involved in a bike accident, know that you are not
Tampa personal injury lawyers at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law, are here to stand by your
side. Get started with a
free consultation from our legal team!
Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
In data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
nearly 30% of bicycle accidents that result in injuries were caused by
collisions with cars.
Rear end crashes are the most common, followed by side crashes,
T-bone collisions, and then
head-on crashes. Bicycle crashes are a serious issue, and the major culprit – driver
error – must be addressed.
Drivers tend to collide with bicycles due to:
Distracted driving (such as texting while driving, not paying attention to the road)
- Drunk driving
- Unsafe left turns at intersections
- Dangerous merging into the path of cyclists
- Sudden lane changes without checking for cyclists
- Failure to check the rear when backing out of a driveway or parking space
When drivers fail to operate their vehicles in a safe and lawful manner,
they must be held responsible for their actions.
Bicycle Safety Tips
While we cannot control another driver’s actions, bicyclists can
take extra precautions that may be able to help avoid a serious accident.
Remember these tips when you are bicycling in the city:
- Stop behind the crosswalk
- Don’t use headphones (you’ll need to keep your eyes alert)
- Add reflectors and lights
- Ride with the flow of traffic
- Follow traffic lights and signals
Why Should I Hire A Bike Accident Lawyer?
According to a report by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration),
52,000 cyclists were injured in traffic accidents in 2008 alone, a 21%
increase from the previous year. Bicyclists are at a particular risk of
death in the event of a collision with a motor vehicle, due to the sheer size
of a typical car or truck versus the size and weight of a bicycle.
A bicycle rider, even with a helmet and protective gear, is likely to sustain
back injuries, injury to internal organs,
head trauma and more. These injuries will result in medical bills and the possibility
of physical therapy and continued medical care to make a full recovery,
and some injuries may result in permanent damage.
In the face of the devastating consequences of a serious bicycle accident,
an experienced personal injury lawyer can assist you. By looking over
the circumstances of your accident and your injuries, a legal professional
can determine whether you may take legal action against the responsible driver.
This is particularly valuable because an attorney will understand what
factors to take into account when determining the value of your claim,
and a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer will then be able to take the appropriate
action necessary to maximize your financial recovery.
Get Help From a Top Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer
Your initial consultation with a Tampa injury attorney at Smith & Stallworth,
Attorneys at Law is free. We are aggressive attorneys with experience
as former prosecutors and a great deal of familiarity with both criminal
and civil court procedures.
Let us put our knowledge and resources to work for you as we take on your
case and represent your interests in your bicycle accident claim or lawsuit.
Talk to a lawyer at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law about your
bicycle accident in Tampa.
Contact us for a free consultation!