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A number of factors contribute to accidents between bicyclists and automobiles, trucks and buses. Such accidents are often the result of negligence on the part of the driver, not the cyclist. Some of the mistakes most often made by drivers include:

  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to provide enough room for the bike when passing
  • Failing to see a bicyclist at an intersection
  • Making a right or left turn into the path of a cyclist

When a bicycle collides with a car or truck that weighs 2,000 pounds or more, the odds of avoiding serious injury are, to put it mildly, not in the bicyclist’s favor. Broken bones, severe lacerations, head and/or spinal trauma, concussion, and paralysis are all fairly common. Severe injures such as these typically require expensive, ongoing medical treatment. Paying for this care can prove financially devastating to the victim as well as to his or her family.

You do not have to bear the brunt of medical costs and other consequences of a bicycle accident alone. Fort Lauderdale bicycle injury attorney David Benenfeld can help you obtain compensation to cover medical treatments, medications, future medical treatments, lost wages, and more. Claims can be made against the driver of the vehicle, his or her insurer, even third parties whose negligence may have been partially responsible for the bike accident. If a member of your family has been killed in a bicycle accident, Mr. Benenfeld can help you obtain compensation for wrongful death and other damages.
To make the best possible case and maximize the chances of obtaining compensation, it is important to take a number of steps immediately after a bicycle accident. These include:

  • Contact the police as soon as possible and insist that the responding officer file a bicycle accident report. If the officer will not file a report, do so yourself within 72 hours of the accident
  • Seek immediate medical care for any and all injuries
  • Obtain as much information as possible about the driver who injured you, such as the person’s name, address, phone number, insurance company, license plate number and other details about the vehicle that hit you
  • If there are any witnesses to the bike accident, try to get their names and contact information
  • If possible, use your cell phone to take pictures of the scene of the accident, your bicycle, your injuries and the other vehicle
  • Contact experienced Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident lawyer David Benenfeld before you talk to the insurance company representing the driver who injured you

Bicycle Accidents FAQ

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