Orlando Bicycle Accident Attorney
About 1,000 bicyclists are killed in America each year. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Florida was the state with the second highest number of bicyclist fatalities from collisions with cars in 2012. It was only slightly exceeded by California.
More than 10% of all bicycle deaths in America happen in Florida. When calculated per capita, Florida has by far the highest number of deaths per million residents. Riding a bicycle in Florida therefore carries considerably higher risk than in the rest of the country.
Even more concerning is the number of bicyclists killed countrywide is rising at a faster rate than fatalities from other accidents involving motor vehicles. Once again, Florida fares worse than the rest of the nation on this score. The GHSA report indicated that the state’s cycling fatalities were rising at more than double the national rate.
Given the minimal protections that a bicyclist has compared to the occupants of a motor vehicle, they are at a higher risk of death or injury in the event of an accident. At Badgley Law Group, we work with bicyclists injured as a result of driver negligence.
When a bicycle is involved in accident with a car, the cyclist could suffer serious injuries that require thousands of dollars in long term treatment costs. Such injuries include broken bones, spinal injuries and brain damage.
It is therefore vital that you are represented by an experienced Orlando bicycle accident attorney to increase the chances of a successful personal injury claim. In the case of death, our team of accident lawyers also assists bereaved families pursue claims against the responsible party.
Who Is at Greatest Risk?
There are numerous risk factors when it comes to cycling accidents. Adolescents and persons aged over 40 have higher fatality rates than the rest of the population. Females are less likely to be killed in bicycle accidents than males. The majority of deaths occur in urban environments. A considerable number of accidents are associated with cyclists or drivers under alcohol or drug intoxication.
Common causes of bicycle accidents in Florida include:
- Car turning right in front of a bicyclist
- Car entering the street in front of the bicyclist
- Car fails to yield to a bicyclist at an intersection
- A car jumps a red light
- Distracted driving (e.g. texting or phone call) while going past a bicyclist
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Uneven sidewalks
- Defective equipment such as faulty pedals, handlebars, forks or helmets
Certain factors relevant to a bicycle accident are not adequately covered by law enforcement’s default accident reporting form. Therefore, these should be noted in the narrative section in order to provide information that could ensure a fair outcome for all parties involved.
Cycling has grown hugely popular in Florida in no small part due to the state’s great weather virtually all year round. People cycle for different reasons including commute, sport, recreation and fitness. Whatever the reason for hopping on a bike, cyclists must know that they have the same responsibilities and rights on the road as motor vehicles. This is important as cyclists will sometimes be intimidated by other road users who view them as a road nuisance.
As Orlando bicycle accident attorneys who have handled numerous bicycle accident cases, we know that majority of victims are not aware of their rights or Florida’s bicycle laws. If you are a cyclist who was injured because of a defective bicycle or an accident, and would want to know what your rights are, get in touch with Badgley Law Group for a free consultation.
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As Orlando bicycle accident attorneys who have handled numerous bicycle accident cases, we know that majority of victims are not aware of their rights or Florida’s bicycle laws. If you are a cyclist who was injured because of a defective bicycle or a negligent motor vehicle driver, and would want to know what your rights are, get in touch with Badgley Law Group for a free consultation.