When a bicycle collides with a car, truck, bus or ambulance, catastrophe can result. The cyclist is likely to suffer serious injury and may even lose his or her life. At Distasio Law Firm, we are committed to providing clients with positive results in their personal injury claims and lawsuits resulting from bicycle accidents.
Bike Accident Overview
When bicyclists are out on the road, they must adhere to similar traffic laws as motor vehicle drivers. These laws are in place to protect the cyclists from danger and also to protect vehicle drivers. Just like bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers must follow traffic laws. These laws outline how a driver should act when encountering a cyclist and, when properly followed, decrease the chances of an accident occurring.
Unfortunately, all too often, motor vehicle drivers do not exercise proper caution when approaching bicyclists. There are many actions and behaviors that drivers partake in that could be classified as reckless when they are driving alongside, behind, or in front of cyclists. Negligent driving behaviors such as speeding, failing to signal, turning in front of cyclists, and speeding out of alleys and driveways are the foremost causes of bicycle accidents in the United States. When drivers behave negligently, they put bicyclists at great risk for injury, or even death.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
- There are nearly 85 million bicycle riders in the United States alone.
- In 2006, 773 bicyclists died on roads within the United States.
- Out of the 773 bicyclists that died in 2006, 92% died due to being involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
- 1 out of every 8 cyclists with injuries reported has a serious brain injury.
Need a lawyer for a bicycle accident case in Tampa?
If you or someone you know has sustained serious injury due to a bicycle accident, consulting a lawyer will be in your best interests. You need to act quickly and retain an attorney before valuable evidence is destroyed or lost. Your attorney will need to prove negligence on the part of the other party in order to hold them liable for their actions, so you can recover maximum financial compensation.
As a bicycle accident victim, you deserve to take legal action against the person responsible for causing your injuries. With the help of a skilled accident lawyer, you may be able to recover compensation to pay for lost wages, medical bills, future medical care, emotional pain and suffering, and more. Contact Scott Distasio today!