Experienced West Palm Beach bicycle injury lawyers who aggressively pursue compensation for clients
Over the last several years, many people have taken to bicycles as a way to stay in shape, beat the rising gasoline prices and reduce carbon emissions. In warm weather states like Florida, cyclists can enjoy riding year round, whether they're pedaling to the beach or commuting to work.
Unfortunately, Florida bicycle accidents happen every day, and serious injuries or even fatal injuries are not unusual. In 2010, 618 cyclists were killed and 52,000 people were injured in the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. According to the NHTSA, Florida experienced 83 bicycle fatalities in 2010, second in the nation behind California.
Were you or someone you know injured in a Florida bicycle accident? You may be entitled to compensation. Call (800) 608-2965 today for a free consultation. Talk to a bike accident attorney.
If you've been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., today for a free consultation. We can examine your potential case and discuss your legal options. Our bilingual, Spanish-speaking attorneys and staff are available to assist you 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
How cycling accidents can happen
Accidents often occur when drivers fail to see the bicyclist or observe the right of way. In many cases, the driver is distracted, perhaps sending or receiving a text message or operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In some bicycle accidents, a driver does not look and sideswipes the bicycle rider when changing lanes or turning onto another road.
State law defines the bicycle as a vehicle - just like your car. If you carry someone on the back of your bike, that person is considered a vehicle passenger. When you ride a bike, you must obey the rules of the road: stop at stop signs and red lights, use hand signals when turning, ride with the flow of the traffic and use a light at night.
Types of bicycle accident injuries
Bicycle accident injuries often are permanent and can radically alter the victim's life. The following are examples of some bicycle accident injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury
- Neck and back injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Injuries requiring surgery
Contact a West Palm Beach bicycle accident lawyer
While accidents can happen through no fault of their own, cyclists should ride safely and defensively. If you or someone you know rides regularly, use a helmet and follow the rules of the road.
In the event of an injury, bicyclists need to understand their rights to seek compensation. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., today: (800) 608-2965. We fight aggressively for bicycle accident injury victims in West Palm Beach.