Bicycle/Car Accidents Are Happening More Frequently Today Than Ever Before
More and more people are attempting to find alternative modes of transportation to get from point A to point B. Why? Well, there are various reasons as to why folks are doing so. For one, gas prices are high, and with tensions rising in the Persian Gulf lately, they could skyrocket any day now. Also, car insurance rates are a bit pricey too. Not to mention, the actual cost of purchasing a vehicle in the modern world is outrageous. Plus, there are maintenance costs associated with car ownership, as well.
Public transportation is one option that people can use to get from place to place. However, not everybody wants to be stuck on a crowded bus with a bunch of people that they do not know. Additionally, there are rideshare services like Uber and Lyft that persons may choose to get around town. Of course, many folks are not keen on this idea though, as they don't want to get in a car with a random stranger. Walking from one destination to the next is an alternative too, but it can be both slow and tiresome.
Therefore, lots of Florida residents are selecting bicycles for their transportation needs. With minimal effort, providing that there isn't a steep hill in their path, individuals can get to various locations around the Sunshine State in the blink of an eye. That is, of course, granting that they don't get involved in an accident along the way. With so many vehicles and bicyclists in Florida, unfortunately, car/bicycle incidents are happening at an alarming rate.
Some Crash Statistics To Back Up This Claim
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 6,675 bicycle crashes in 2017 alone. These events led to 128 cyclist fatalities as well as 6,263 injuries. The report also states that there were 6,668 of these wrecks in 2016 that accounted for 140 deaths and 6,234 injuries. Meanwhile, in 2015, there were 7,120 crashes, which caused 154 fatalities and 6,691 injuries. Thus, just by viewing these stats, one can easily see that there are dangers to riding a bike on the roadways.
Bicycle/Car Accidents Are Not The Least Bit Forgiving
While bicyclists can purchase particular pieces of safety equipment to protect themselves, such as helmets and elbow or knee pads, these items are often not enough when a vehicle hits them. The massive machines far outweigh bicycles, and many times, the rider is sent flying through the air. If he or she manages not to lose their life, it is highly probable that they will receive injuries like...
• Loss Of Limbs
• Damage To Internal Organs
• Fractures And Broken Bones
• Spinal Cord Or Traumatic Brain Injuries
In other words, the recovery process can be long, tedious, and monotonous. On some occasions, the bicyclist does not fully recover from the incident. Then, they are left with a permanent disability. Either way, the treatments, and the therapy can put their finances in a bind. Luckily, if another party is to blame, there is something the victim can do to offset these costs.
Hire A Proven Law Firm
Acts of negligence while behind the wheel include but are not limited to speeding, texting, failure to yield the right of way, and more. Our personal injury lawyers utilize various tactics to prove fault in such cases. Black box data, mobile phone records, witness statements, and surveillance camera footage are but just a few. The team will surpass your expectations with friendly, knowledgeable, and professional service, so don't delay any longer. Instead, contact our firm for a free case review and let us help you get the settlement that you deserve.