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Four Things to Do After a Florida Bicycle Accident

Four Things to Do After a Florida Bicycle Accident

Statistics indicate that Florida is one of the most dangerous places to ride a bike in the United States. Every year, a significant number of people in the Ft. Lauderdale area is injured through no fault of their own—and often as a direct result of the negligence of motorists who fail to give bicyclists the consideration they deserve. Fortunately, in many cases, Florida law entitles bicycle accident victims to recover compensation for the losses they sustained, including their medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To recover, however, victims should take certain steps—four of which are detailed below. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your accident, call us today to speak with a Ft. Lauderdale bicycle accident lawyer. If You Can, Gather Information About Your Accident The most important thing you should concern yourself with after a bicycle accident is your physical well-being. As a result, if you are injured, ignore this step and proceed straight to the hospital. If you are able to do so, however, collect as much information about the accident and the people involved as you can. Examples of the kinds of information to collect include: The names of the drivers involved in your accident Their insurance information The license plate numbers of the vehicles involved Contact information from people who may have witnessed your accident Seek Medical Attention It is imperative that you seek medical attention after a bicycle accident—even if your injuries did not require emergency medical treatment. Sometimes injuries that initially seemed like minor bumps and bruises are actually much more...
Top 4 Most Common Bicycle Accidents and How To Avoid Them

Top 4 Most Common Bicycle Accidents and How To Avoid Them

Bike’s Failure to Yield: In these accidents the cyclist is usually at fault. This may happen because she didn’t see the car or misjudged the car’s distance or speed. In most cases, the cyclist stops at the intersection, which may be either controlled or uncontrolled, and then rides into the intersection without yielding. Accidents at Stop Signs: These accidents usually occur at intersections where the cyclist has a stop sign and the motorist does not. Usually, the cyclist is at fault. After stopping at the stop sign, the cyclist then rides out into the intersection in front of a car that has the right-of-way. Car Turning Left: The “Left Cross”: In most of these cases, the driver of the car will be liable to the cyclist. In this accident, the motorist and bicyclist approach the intersection from opposite directions, and as they enter the intersection, the motorist turns left, colliding with the cyclist. Usually, the motorist doesn’t see the cyclist or misjudges the cyclist’s speed. Car Turning Right: The “Right Hook”: There are several ways that accidents can happen when cars make right turns at intersections, such as;  The car passes a bike as both approach an intersection, and then the car turns right at the intersection, cutting the cyclist off. The bike passes a slower car on the right, and the car makes a right turn into the bike. The car and bike are waiting at a light. The car turns right when the light changes, cutting off or perhaps hitting the bike. How to avoid bicycle accidents There are many ways a bicyclist can avoid potentially life-threatening...
Victims of Bicycle Accidents can Sustain Significant Injuries

Victims of Bicycle Accidents can Sustain Significant Injuries

Millions of people ride a bicycle each day as a means of transportation, exercise, or both. Undoubtedly, riding a bike is an efficient and environmentally way to get from place to place and can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, bicycling also can also leave riders with serious injuries when accidents occur. Often, these injuries can result in significant medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. In some cases, victims may even develop disabilities that may prevent them from living independently or being able to earn a living. Because of the potential consequences of serious bicycle accidents, victims should be certain to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free case evaluation with one Ft. Lauderdale bicycle accident attorney Joseph LoRusso, call our office today at 954-715-3260. What kinds of injuries can be sustained in Florida bicycle accidents? The injuries that people can sustain in bicycle accidents can range from mild to severe and are generally in proportion to the severity of the accident. That being said, accidents that may initially seem relatively minor ca still often result in extremely serious injuries. For this reason, anyone involved in a bicycle accident should be sure to undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible after an accident occurs. Some of the more common injuries that sustained in bicycle accidents include the following: Broken bones Traumatic brain injuries [1] Soft tissue injuries Dislocations Crush injuries Bruises Concussions Accidental amputations Severe abrasions Catastrophic injuries After an accident, victims should be sure to document important facts about the way the accident occurred,...