Cycling is a cheap and healthy way to get around. Unfortunately, most cities aren’t equipped to handle bicycle traffic. Without dedicated bike lanes, many cyclists ride on the street alongside vehicles to get where they’re going.
While this can be accomplished safely, that doesn’t change the fact that cyclists are hit by cars all the time. Since bicycles offer very little protection, accidents often result in serious injuries and, in severe cases, wrongful death.
Bicycle accident claims are challenging. Insurance companies will try to deny your claim or offer you less compensation than you deserve. Meanwhile, you are suffering physically and financially because of someone else’s negligence.
We’ve established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements throughout the years. In one case, a cyclist came to us after she was hit by a car and dragged six feet. We helped her recover $705,000 for serious injuries, including a broken pelvis and a broken leg.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a cyclist, a bicycle accident attorney can help you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Do not hesitate to speak to a bicycle accident attorney at Heintz Law.
Injuries and deaths are not uncommon for cyclists. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 7,120 bicycle crashes in 2015. These accidents resulted in 6,691 injuries and 154 deaths. In fact, Florida has the highest rate of bicyclist fatalities in the country.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps track of national bicycle injury and death statistics. In 2014, accidents caused 726 deaths and over 50,000 injuries. The average age of cyclists killed is 45, however those aged 55-59 are most at risk for suffering fatalities.
Bicyclists have the right to use the road like anyone else. Unfortunately, they don’t always follow the rules. While some accidents are caused by motorists, many are caused by errors made on the part of the cyclist. These negligent actions can result in minor scrapes and bruises or severe injuries, like traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries.
The most common causes of bicycle accidents are:
To remain safe as a cyclist, you have to obey the same rules cars and trucks follow. You have to yield as a car would, stop as a car would, and observe pedestrian crossings as a car would.
These additional tips can also help you be safe as a cyclist:
If you’ve just started cycling, it’s going to take some time to adjust to your new mode of transportation. There’s a lot to remember, which means there’s also a lot to forget. If you’re new to cycling, you may find the following tips helpful:
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle crash, there’s no need to worry. The bicycle accident attorneys at Heintz Law will fight aggressively to recover the compensation you deserve. We won’t charge any fees unless we successfully settle your case. Contact us to schedule your free consultation or call us at 941-748-2916.