Because Florida is a state famous for warm, sunny weather, the bicyclist population is much larger than in many other states. Many people ride bicycles as a method of transportation, to get exercise, or simply to enjoy the beautiful weather. Unfortunately, an accident between a bicycle and a car can prove disastrous for the rider of the bicycle, who may suffer serious or even fatal injuries. If you or a loved one are the victim of a bicycle accident, we urge you to contact the Orlando personal injury attorneys at Adams & Luka immediately for exceptional legal guidance and support.
In 2007, according to the state's Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 4,800 bicycle accidents occurred. Of these, 4,303 people were injured, and 121 died. These are staggering statistics, and while most who ride bicycles are never involved in an accident, those who are can have their lives turned upside down in an instant.Factors that Contribute to Bicycle Accidents in Orlando and Throughout Florida
There are many situations in which a bicyclist may become involved in an accident with a car or other vehicle. These include:
- A vehicle making an illegal turn
- Speeding motorists
- Careless or distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Motorists who text or talk on cell phones while driving
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Improper lane change
- Failing to obey a traffic control device
Regardless of how it happens, many accidents involving bicycles are the fault of the motorist. They may not see someone on a bicycle, or feel that regardless of the laws, they have the right of way. When you are injured in such an accident, our Orlando bicycle accidents lawyers can help ensure you get the full compensation you are entitled to for medical costs, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.Common Injuries Sustained in Bicycle Accidents
Anyone can understand why someone who rides a bicycle would be seriously injured in an accident, given the lack of protection bicyclists have when compared to those who drive cars. Serious injuries may result, including:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Severe back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Compound fractures
Unfortunately, some injuries can leave a person permanently disabled or even paralyzed. Those who are negligent must be held accountable for their actions, which means paying for the financial damage you have experienced due to the accident, and even future financial costs you may incur depending on the type/extent of your injuries.Contact Adams & Luka Now
As compassionate injury lawyers who work vigorously to protect the rights of those injured in bicycle accidents, we urge you to take action immediately. It is important to note that you cannot trust the defendant or his/her insurance company to offer a fair settlement. In most cases, a settlement can be reached without litigation; however, should it become necessary to go to court, we will be thoroughly prepared and dedicated recovering the damages you deserve. Contact us now at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101 for a free consultation regarding your bicycle accident case.
Personal Injury Lawyers Advocating on Behalf of Victims of Bicycle Accidents in Orange, Lake, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter, Marion, Volusia, Polk, & Brevard Counties.