Fatal Bicycle Accidents
Unfortunately, Florida is one of the top states in the nation for bicycle accidents and leads the nation in the number of fatal bicycle accidents. In 2008, 125 bicyclists were killed – three times the national rate – according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With all this being said, it is no surprise Florida also has the highest fatal pedestrian accidents in the country, as well.
Common Causes of Fatal Bicycle Accidents in Florida
Fatal bicycle accidents happen for many reasons. It is well known Florida and the greater Tampa Bay area have poor infrastructure for bike safety – too few bike lanes, not enough signage, narrow lanes and too many roads designed to accommodate an ever increasing number of vehicles, with little regard for bicycle safety.
It is also well established too many drivers consider the road to be theirs. They drive too fast. They are impatient. They are distracted by cell phones, texting, alcohol, talking with other passengers and simply not being attentive. This situation is further aggravated by too many drivers who have no regard for the grave danger their vehicle poses to an unprotected bicyclist – regardless of who may actually have the right of way.
No two Florida bicycle accidents are the same. Each must be looked at carefully to determine what led up to the fatal collision. Experience has shown there are some common mistakes made by motorists. We also see some mistakes made by bicyclists.
What if the police found the bicyclist at fault?
Even if the police decide a bicycle rider was at fault in causing the accident, it does not mean no lawsuit may be brought against the motorist involved. The police do not investigate cases like an experienced lawyer does, nor are they looking at the case using Florida’s comparative fault laws. Many lawsuits are successfully brought on behalf of the bicycle rider even when the police have decided he or she was largely, if not entirely, at fault. The facts of your case must be fully explored by an experienced bicycle lawyer in order to know what can be done.
Contact a Florida Bicycle Lawyer
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal bicycle accident, you need answers to the questions weighing on your mind. The many resources on our website, including articles, frequently asked questions, free reports and videos have been prepared to provide helpful information you need. Jim Dodson has over 25 years experience handling personal injury cases like fatal bicycle accidents but what’s just as important is what our clients have said about us. Click here to read some of our Client Testimonials.
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