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Friday, September 25, 2015
Careless Drivers Can Seriously Injure Clearwater Bicyclists
Thousands of people in the Clearwater area ride bicycles on a daily
basis, both as form of transportation as well as form recreation an exercise.
As is the case with any metropolitan area in the United States, people who bike
in Clearwater often do so in close proximity to cars, trucks, and other motor
vehicles, creating a significant risk of an accident.
the Florida Department Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates1
that there were more than 6,000 bicyclists injured in Florida during 2012.These kinds of accidents often leave
bicyclists seriously injured, which can often entitle them to significant
financial compensation. For this reason, it is important for anyone involved in
a bicycle accident to talk to a lawyer about their case as soon as possible. Call the Dolman Law Group today to schedule
a free case evaluation with a Clearwater bicycle accident attorney.
Carelessness can entitle bicycle accident
victims to financial recovery
motor vehicle is an inherently dangerous activity. Cars and trucks can often
weigh thousands of pounds and can cause serious injury when they collide with
other vehicles, people, or structures. As a result, motorists have a duty to
operate their vehicles safely and in a way that does not pose an unreasonable
risk of injury to others. In many cases, careless behavior will be deemed
legally negligent, which means that anyone hurt by the careless conduct may be
entitled to recover compensation for their losses. Some of the more common
examples of the kinds of driver negligence that often leads to bicycle
accidents are discussed below.
driving2 can take many forms, including texting, grooming,
reading, talking to passengers, or simply daydreaming. When drivers are
distracted, they are often not aware of their surroundings, which can cause
driving – Drinking and driving continues to be a serious issue in Florida
and the rest of the country. When drunk drivers cause serious accidents, they
are subject to both criminal and civil liability. This means that bicyclists
who are struck by drunk drivers can often obtain compensation for their losses.
- Speeding –
Drivers speed for a number of reasons, including running late, not paying
attention to the posted speed limit, or just for fun. The reality is that there
is no excuse to break the law and put others at risk. Speeding drivers often
cannot not stop in time to avoid bicyclists or do not even seem them until it
is too late. Fortunately, the mere fact that a driver was speeding is often
sufficient to establish that he or she was negligent.
to observe traffic regulations – For many people, driving is a daily
activity. As a result, drivers may become overly causal about certain rules of
the road. Examples may include rolling stops at stop signs, failing to signal
turns, not stopping before taking a right turn on red, or speeding through a
yellow light. While these types of offenses are commonplace, they also have the
potential to cause serious injury.
many other ways that a driver’s carelessness could cause serious bicycle
accident. Victims should discuss their case in detail with a lawyer in order to
determine whether they have a legal claim.
Discuss your accident with a Clearwater bicycle accident lawyer today
accidents caused by careless drivers often leave victims with significant
injuries that may affect them for years. Many bicyclists who are involved in
motor vehicle accidents incur significant medical expenses and are unable to
work for months or even years. In addition, victims may also experience
significant physical pain and emotional distress as well as be unable to enjoy
activities they once did. Thankfully for victims, Florida allows people who are
injured in bicycle accidents caused by the negligence of others to recover for
these and other losses they may have experienced.
Clearwater bicycle accident attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated
to protecting the legal rights of people who have been hurt in preventable
accidents. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and
work tirelessly to obtain justice through the Florida civil courts. To schedule
a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756