As more people look to save money and reduce their impact on the environment, bicycles have become a popular alternative to motor vehicles. Unfortunately, using a bike for transportation is not without its risks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1,000 bicycle accident deaths occurred in 2015. In the same year, nearly 467,000 bicyclists suffered an injury in bicycle accidents.
Why do bike accidents happen?
Like motor vehicle crashes, bicycle accidents occur for many reasons. A driver may be distracted and fail to see the bicycle by their side, causing a collision. A drunk driver is a hazard to anyone on the road, of course, including cyclists. Even the infrastructure of the roads can play a part in causing collisions since many urban areas have little accommodation for cyclists.
What are your options if you’re injured while biking?
Regardless of the exact cause of your crash, you have legal options at your disposal when driver negligence is a factor.
Choosing to begin an injury lawsuit is the Florida population’s best weapon in reducing bicycle accidents. When motor vehicle drivers experience real consequences for their negligence, it may cause them to be more cautious on the road. Unfortunately, it often takes a hit to their finances for this to occur.
How can you improve your injury lawsuit?
In our time helping injured victims in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, we have learned what it takes to win an injury suit. We want to share a few tips with our readers.
- Find an experienced attorney to help with your claim. Legal guidance is one of the best ways to achieve success.
- Get a medical opinion even if you feel your injuries are minor. You will need medical reports to prove your case.
- Gather evidence from the scene of the accident. Examples include photo documentation and witness statements. Your lawyer can help with this goal.
- Avoid discussing the bicycle accident, your injuries and your lawsuit on social media. Always remember that the defendant in an accident suit may use what you say online against you.
We invite you to continue reviewing our website for additional information about all types of Florida accidents.