Bike Injury

Many cyclists are drawn to Florida because of our year-round warmth and sunshine. Unfortunately, this also increases the risk of bike injuries, including the most severe ones. Florida consistently outranks the rest of the nation in the number of deaths involving cyclists.

Generally, Florida state law treats cyclists much the same as drivers of other vehicles. Compared to other transportation modes, however, bicycles present distinct risks to their owners. Bicycles lack the seatbelts, airbags, and protective metal shield that a car offers, meaning that the cyclist who is struck by a car may be thrown a greater distance. And unlike a pedestrian on the sidewalk, a cyclist moves with the flow of traffic, whether or not a bike lane is available.

Despite these differences, many bike accidents are caused by the same kinds of negligent drivers that cause other accidents, such as drivers who:

  • Fail to yield, especially at stop signs and intersections.
  • Text, change the radio station, or look at maps while driving.
  • Drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including some prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

What to do after a bike injury

Florida is a “no-fault” state, which means that most injuries are the responsibility of the injured party’s insurance carrier, through a benefit called Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Exceptions may be made for the most severe injuries, such as injuries that are life-threatening, disabling, or result in the death of a person. In ordinary circumstances, however, no-fault policies exempt even negligent drivers from personal injury lawsuits.

If you’re a cyclist who was hit by a negligent driver, though, you’re much more likely to be towards the severe end in terms of injuries. If Personal Injury Protection isn’t covering your medical bills and lost wages, then it’s time to seek legal counsel.

Katherine can handle your case!

Whether you need help negotiating with your insurance carrier, or you think it may be time to consider a lawsuit, Katherine has the skills and experience you need. She has worked with many injured cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians who were not satisfied with their initial compensation. She has represented many of these people in court.

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