Very Common Accidents caused by inattentive drivers in Florida
If you were injured in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to damages for injuries.
Bicycling is an increasingly popular mode of transportation and recreation. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents can occur as a result of negligent motorists, and bicyclists have the right to pursue compensation.
In Florida, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle, and the rider has all the privileges, rights, and responsibilities on public roads (except for expressways) that a motor vehicle driver does.
What is the cause for most bicycle accidents?
Collisions between cyclists and motorists are often the result of the smaller bicycles sharing the road with larger vehicles. When a 20-pound bicycle versus a 3,000-plus pound automobile, the impact can be significant.
Many of the same causes cited in motor vehicle accidents can result in collisions with bicycles, including distracted and impaired driving. Other causes of bicycle-motor vehicle accidents include:
- Dooring -When a bicyclist runs into a car door that has been opened into his or her path.
- Sideswiping -When the motorist doesn’t give the bicyclist enough room when passing.
- Rear-ending – When a motorist follows too closely or isn’t paying attention to a bicyclist ahead.
- Crossing in front – When a motorist crosses into the path of a bicyclist, often at an intersection, driveway, or alley.
- Turning into bicycles on the right – When drivers do not check their blind spot when turning.
Why do I need a personal injury attorney for my bicycle accident?
Our personal injury attorneys can help determine cause and fault and seek damages for injuries.
If the accident was caused by the driver of a motor vehicle, the cyclist may file a claim against the driver’s auto insurance. If the accident was caused by dangerous road conditions, the cyclist may have a claim against the government agencies responsible for the road. If the accident was caused by a poorly designed, repaired or manufactured bicycle, you may have a claim against the repair shop or manufacturer. If a dog, pedestrian or another cyclist caused the accident by violating the cyclist’s right-of-way, the cyclist can file a claim against the owner of the dog or the pedestrian or cyclist.