Been in a Florida bicycle accident? When to see an attorney

In 2020, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles notes that there have been 5,082 bicycle crashes.
Been in a Florida bicycle accident? When to see an attorney
Ft Lauderdale, Florida - May 4, 2019: Police officers investigate an electric motor scooter accident on the street by the beach on this date. Image/Shutterstock

Cycling has become increasingly popular over the past 20 years with a massive increase in recreational cycling. Many people now choose to ride a bicycle to work for the obvious ecological and health benefits. Increased cycling numbers have inevitably led to an increase in the number of accidents involving bicycles.

According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida is one of the deadliest states for cyclists.

In 2019, 783 bicyclists were killed in the United States. Florida accounted for 125 of those deaths.

In an accident between a bicycle and any vehicle, damage to the cyclist will always be far more severe than damage to the car’s driver, for obvious reasons.

Florida is only ranked the 24th “best” state for bike riding by the League Of American Bicyclists. The League of American Bicyclists is a nonprofit organization founded in 1880. It works to make US communities safer for cyclists.

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*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.

If you or a loved one have ever been involved in a bicycle accident in Florida that was not your fault, you may have a legal compensation claim.

Let’s take a look together at what you need to do immediately after an accident with a motor vehicle to protect your interests should a legal claim arise.

What To Do At The Scene Of The Accident

Immediately after a crash, you will have adrenaline coursing through your veins. In addition, you may have some injuries, and you may be angry at the driver of the vehicle.

Do your best to keep your wits about you. Try to remain calm and be civil to the driver, irrespective of whether you believe it was their fault.

Ensure that you wait for the police to arrive at the accident scene. Do this even if you don’t think you are injured, and the driver apologizes and promises to make good. Your injuries may be masked at the time by the adrenaline, and sometimes injuries only surface much later, and these can be pretty serious.

Once the police arrive, be sure to give them your details and your version of events. If the police ticket the driver, note this as it can be crucial in establishing your claim later.

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*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.

Get the contact details of the driver of the vehicle and any witnesses. If you are injured and cannot do this, ask a bystander to do it for you.

Cell phones have become invaluable in these instances as you can record voice notes into your cell phone, make text notes, and take photos and even videos of the accident scene. Too much information is better than insufficient info.

Make a note to document all injuries you may have suffered from the accident. Follow this up by a visit to a medical doctor. If you do need medical care and attention, you should document this in a journal both in terms of expenses as well as pain and suffering you may endure.

What Not To Do At The Scene Of The Accident

Do not make any statements that may be used to incriminate you or lay fault at your door.

Don’t be aggressive or threaten the driver of the vehicle.

Lastly, don’t lower your defenses based on the friendly attitude of the driver, despite their promises to make good, their initial admissions of guilt, or their apparent concern for your well-being. Many drivers have denied their presence at the accident scene later.

Go And See A Specialist Bicycle Accident Injury Claims Attorney.

It is critical to see a bicycle accident attorney with a proven track record, preferably in your location. If the accident happened to you in South Florida, visit SofferFirm.com to get a free consultation. Based in Miami, these personal injury attorneys have a great track record at winning maximum compensation for their clients.

These attorneys will also work on a contingency basis. They absorb all costs of the case and deduct expenses from any award they secure for you. Therefore, no award means no fees for you at all.

The attorney will take care of all the legal aspects of your case, from evaluation to insurance negotiations, settlement negotiations, and representation at court, leaving you to concentrate on getting well again and recovering from your injuries.

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*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.

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Pauline J. Jose, M.D.

Dr. Jose is a specialist in family medicine and one of pH Lab’s doctors (www.phlabs.org). She is als

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