While cycling is an excellent way to enjoy Florida weather and simultaneously get exercise, being on the road with inattentive drivers can be hazardous. Cyclists are less visible and yet way more vulnerable on the road. If hit, they suffer more severe injuries than the person protected by metal, safety belts, and airbags. The bicycle accident lawyers at Sholtes Law, PLLC care about cyclists’ right to the road and will advocate on your behalf if you have been injured while trying to enjoy outdoor time on your bicycle.
Bicyclists Have a Right to the Road
As the Florida Bicycle Association points out, bicycles are legally defined as a vehicle in Florida and thus, bicyclists are considered the equivalent as drivers and share the same rules of the road and responsibilities. A cyclist is not required to ride on the shoulder of the road and should in fact move closer towards the center of the roadway if there is debris or hazards too close to the side. It is a motorist’s responsibility to give cyclists three feet of space when passing.
What to Do If You Were Injured While Riding
According to the News-Press, Florida drivers are twice as likely to be at fault in bicycle collisions than the cyclist. Chances are, if you were riding and a driver hit you, they are the at-fault party and can be held liable for the damages they cause. This includes medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and potential future medical costs you may incur as a result of your injuries. They are also responsible for property damage to your bike and gear. If you aren’t critically injured, make sure the police are called to the scene of the crash so they can write a report. After seeking initial medical care, the next step is to contact a bicycle attorney who can help you with your case.
How Do I Compile Evidence for an Insurance Claim?
An experienced attorney can help you collect evidence to prove fault and damages for the insurance company. This will include the police reports, witness statements, photos of the scene, photos of the damage to your bike, medical bills, doctor’s notes, and more. A driver may deny responsibility but a crash report, traffic camera, and witnesses can all help prove you are the victim. An insurance company might try to get you to settle a claim early for less money than your case is worth. Remember, you may have long-lasting injuries that will need medical attention and you should be compensated for those costs.
Contact Sholtes Law, PLLC For Help With Your Bike Collision Claim
Being hit while riding your bicycle is a traumatic event. Whether you are suffering from life-threatening injuries or road rash, bruises, and a broken bike you deserve to seek compensation through the legal system. As you focus on your health, let the bike crash lawyers of Sholtes Law, PLLC protect your rights. Call our offices in Stuart at 855-534-2509 to schedule a no-commitment consultation to learn more.