Many people choose to ride bikes to get around town for many reasons - to avoid traffic, to save money, to make parking significantly easier, and to help the environment. Others ride bicycles for exercise and recreation. Whatever the reason, biking can have many different benefits. Unfortunately, biking also creates the risk of extremely serious accidents and injuries.
Drivers are expected to share the road with bicyclists and when they do not, they should be held fully responsible for any injuries they cause in collisions.
A Bicycle Accident can Change Your Life
Bicyclists do not have airbags, seat belts, bumpers, or a protective frame around them as motor vehicle passengers do. When a car crashes into a bicyclist, the will feel the full force of the impact directly on their body. Often, bicyclists can get thrown from their bikes, which can result in several different impacts with the vehicle, the ground, or nearby objects. For these reasons, the injuries sustained in a bike accident are often severe.
Some common injuries suffered by bicyclists include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Skull fractures1
- Jaw and facial fractures
- Shattered wrists and arms
- Crushed limbs
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken pelvis
- Broken ribs
- Internal injuries
Many bicycle accident victims require emergency trauma care, time spent in the hospital, multiple surgeries, a lengthy course of rehabilitative therapy, and more. People who suffer long-term or permanent impairments may require home health care or assisted living. The costs of treating these devastating injuries can easily reach toward $1 million or more.
While you are receiving treatment and recovering from your injuries, you will likely have to miss a substantial amount of work, which means you also miss out on income. If your injury caused permanent disabilities, you may never be able to return to work again and may have to rely on disability benefit and other alternative forms of income. For these reasons and more, obtaining full compensation for your losses is critical to being able to cover your basic expenses and bills.
How a Bike Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Bicycle accident cases can be complex and it is essential to have an attorney on your side who has experience with this particular type of case. Our bike accident lawyers can help you in the following ways and more:
- Determine who should be held responsible for your collision
- Identify the negligence2 that caused your accident
- Gather evidence to support claims of negligence
- Obtain an adequate payout from an insurance company whenever possible
- File a legal claim against any negligent parties when needed
- Help with every step of the legal process until you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Call for a Free Consultation with Our Clearwater Bike Accident Attorneys
The dedicated team of Florida bicycle accident attorneys at the Dolman Law Group has extensive experience helping cyclist accident victims following devastating crashes. We know how to provide the assistance you need in this difficult time so that you can remain focused on your physical health and recovery. Please call our office at 727-451-6900 to discuss your case for free today.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765