“Florida has laws which impose legal obligations on vehicle drivers and their interaction with bicyclists. We hold vehicle drivers responsible for injuries caused to bicyclists. ”
Erik G. Abrahamson
Bicycle riders have the same rights as motor vehicle drivers on Florida’s roads. Unfortunately, drivers do not always respect these rights, and their careless driving and reckless decisions often result in serious injuries for cyclists. Even with proper safety equipment, bicycle riders are extremely exposed, and even “minor” accidents can result in serious, life-altering injuries.
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover your medical bills, lost wages, the damage to your bicycle, and other losses. Our Tampa Bicycle Accident lawyers have over 100 years of experience representing victims in the Tampa area and across the country.
Take Action for Your Bicycle Accident Injuries
When we assist our clients after bicycle accidents, one of the first steps we take is conducting a thorough investigation to identify the responsible parties. From police reports to eyewitness testimony, there may be numerous ways that we can prove that you may be entitled to compensation.
In any case, if you have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can put our injury law team to work for you as quickly as possible.
Seeking Compensation for Bicycle Collisions with Motor Vehicles
Most serious bicycle accident cases involve collisions with motor vehicles. Quite often, these accidents are the result of negligence or carelessness on the part of the vehicle driver.
Unfortunately, many drivers do not understand riders’ rights and don’t know how to properly share the road with bicyclists. Failure to accurately judge speed and distance in relation to bicycles is another common culprit in vehicle-related bicycle accidents.
- Change lanes into cyclists’ positions
- Drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Fail to yield to bicycles at intersections
- Fail to stop at red lights and stop signs
- Open car doors in front of approaching bicycles
- Provide inadequate buffer while passing cyclists
- Pull into traffic in front of cyclists from side streets, parking lots, and driveways
- Turn directly in front of oncoming cyclists
- Use cell phones and focus on other driving distractions
What to Do if You Have Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, there are important steps you need to take to ensure your safety and preserve your chances of obtaining compensation for your injuries, property damage, and other losses.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Bicycle riders involved in vehicle collisions often suffer serious, and in many cases life-changing, injuries. However, with some internal injuries, you may not notice that there is a problem until days or even weeks after the accident, and adrenaline may mask the effects of your injuries. Even if you do not feel injured, if you have been involved in an accident, you should always seek immediate medical attention.
Gather As Much Evidence As You Can
If you are physically able, you should take photos of your bicycle, the vehicle, your injuries, and the scene of the accident. You should also get the driver’s contact and insurance information, and, if the police are involved, make sure you get the officer’s name and precinct, as well as a copy of the policy report. You will want to be sure to obtain copies of all of your medical records relating to the accident as well.
Contact a Lawyer As Soon As Possible
The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner we can start the process of seeking financial compensation. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we regularly visit clients at their homes and in hospitals in the Tampa area, and we also conduct initial consultations by phone and email.
Let Us Fight for Your Bicycle Accident Injuries
If you choose our injury law team, we will promptly undertake a thorough investigation of the accident. We work with accident reconstructionists, physicians, and other experts to determine the causes of our clients’ injuries and identify the parties responsible.
Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk for Your Free Consultation Today
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident in the Tampa area, the experienced Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are here for you. Call us now at (800) 753-5203 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.