Broward County bicyclists are prime targets for accidents. In fact, they are almost 50% more likely to get in an accident than an automobile driver. While motorists have a difficult time avoiding distractions such as traffic, road rage, and texting, there is rarely time left for noticing a law abiding bicyclist. Most bicycle accidents are caused by a motorist being unaware of the presence of the bicycle.
When driving a car, it is important to remember that a bicycle generally has as much right to use of the road as does a motor vehicle. Most of the time, a bicyclists is permitted to ride in the middle of a traffic lane and is supposed to be given the same rights as motorists. As much as this might annoy motorists, it is still a bicyclist’s lawful duty to abide by those rights. At the same token, it is imperative that bicyclists do their best to avoid accidents.
Florida residents who choose cycling as an alternate form of transportation should be aware of their rights. At the time of the bicycle accident, it is essential to take photographs of the road, traffic, surrounding signs, or lack thereof.
Unfortunately, most individuals involved in a bicycle accident are likely to incur a serious injury as well. Often, people don’t realize the serious nature of bicycle accident injuries. Below is a list of common injuries that result from bicycle accidents.
- Brain and head injuries
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial or dental injuries
- Abrasions and lacerations
- Amputation and death
Some people who are injured from a bike accident don’t realize that they are eligible for compensation. If you have been injured in a Broward County bicycle accident that was not your fault, you need to talk to a Florida bicycle accident attorney who can assist you in filing a successful claim.
Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].