Florida is the most dangerous State in the country for bicycles.
The sunny skies and great year-round weather has made South Florida a hotspot for bicyclists. Under Florida law, a bicycle must follow all of the traffic regulations that apply to cars on the road. To be safe, it is best to ride a bicycle as you would drive a car. For example, stop at stop signs, signal to other drivers on the road, avoid abrupt stops and ride with the flow of traffic. This is all common sense.
Still, even though most people on bikes are following all of the rules, people on bicycles are still far getting killed in Florida more often than any other state.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Florida dominates the rankings of most dangerous states for bicycle riders,
What should you do if you are hit by a car while riding a bike?
- Call the police and get a report.
- Preserve evidence. This includes the bicycle you were riding, any video footage from a go-pro or other device. Evidence could even include your activity tracker on your Apple Watch. All of this information could be important if there is a dispute about who caused the accident. [Your lawyer should be on top of getting this evidence if there is any].
- Get checked out by EMS and go to the hospital or an urgent care facility to rule out fractures, internal bleeding or any other injuries. [Are you worried about getting stuck with medical bills after an accident - even if you hire a lawyer?]
- Speak with an attorney before contacting any insurance companies. You may be entitled to Personal Injury Protection or Uninsured Motorist Coverage through your own insurance company.
Even if you think you might have been at fault, you should still speak a lawyer.
No matter what the cause, a bicycle colliding with a car or truck can be life changing and catastrophic. Bike accidents can result in serious injuries, such as head trauma, paralysis, broken bones, permanent disability or even death. You might be able to get a bicycle accident attorney in South Florida who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.Don't live near Boca? Matthew will come to you and he's not looking to get paid to meet you.
At Waring Law, we believe there should be room for bicyclists and motorists on our Florida roads. We will work tirelessly to get compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages and pain and suffering. Learn more about Attorney Matthew Waring on our about page.
If you or someone you know has been injured while riding a bicycle in Florida, contact Waring Law today. When you call or text us at (954) 388-0646, you will speak directly with South Florida Bike Accident Attorney Matthew Waring – not a paralegal or case manager. All consultations are 100% free.