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Should You Avoid Riding Your Bicycle In Florida?

No, persons should not stop riding their bikes in Florida. It is a great way to get up off the couch and get some exercise. Additionally, commuting to work or school via bicycle can save an individual some money in gas, insurance, and maintenance costs. However, it is imperative that cyclists realize the dangers associated with sharing the roadways with cars, trucks, SUVs, and tractor-trailers. In other words, riders need to keep their heads on a swivel at all times.

After all, one never knows when a vehicle operator might be partaking in reckless activities such as speeding, failing to yield the right of way, or driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol. Incidents happen more often than people may believe. Just take a peek at some of the recent headlines from our area.

• WPTV – FHP Investigating Fatal Vehicle Vs. Bicycle Crash In Stuart
• Palm Beach Post – FHP: Bicyclist Died At Scene Of Hobe Sound Crash
• ABC Action News – Intoxicated Florida Man Hits, Critically Injures Bicyclist While Running From Previous Crash
• Bradenton Herald – Bicycle Rider Dies After Getting Struck By Car In Bradenton, FHP Says

Be Sure To Wear Safety Equipment

Bicycles don’t offer their rider much in the way of protection. They do not have doors, a roof, airbags, or seat belts. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for cyclists to wear helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and brightly colored outfits that make them easy to see. These items may not stop every incident from happening, but the person will fair better with them than without. Individuals typically get thrown from the cycles and come crashing down hard on pavement or dirt.

Hence, even the smallest amount of protective gear could mean the difference between life and death. When a loved one is lost in such a tragic way, they usually leave behind a grieving family trying to understand why this ordeal happened to such a good person. Their mourning period may be cut short, though, once medical bills start coming in through the mail. Then again, after they start planning the funeral, financial difficulties can become part of the equation as well.

The average burial can run persons anywhere between $7,000 and $10,000. Those costs are typically for no-frills and just the basics. If it can be proven that another party’s negligence caused the wrongful death, the family may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. So, if someone else was to blame for the deceased person’s accident, feel free to contact our office at 833-954-1234 to schedule a consultation. We have locations spread out throughout Florida in…

• Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg
• Englewood, West Bradenton, Venice
• South Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Lakewood Ranch
• Arcadia, Lakeland, And Fort Myers

Our Firm Can Assist Those Who Obtain Severe Injuries In Car/Bicycle Accidents Too

After a 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, or more pound vehicle collides with a bike, the outcome for the rider is not always pretty. They can experience a traumatic brain injury, break bones, and receive lacerations or punctures. Some folks wind up losing appendages while others endure internal organ damage. These types of wounds tend to require ER visits, surgeries, follow up doctor appointments, and prescription medications, which means a person can empty out their savings and checking accounts in the blink of an eye.

Plus, they are usually missing work during the recovery period. Thus, they do not have a steady paycheck or income. Persons shouldn’t fret through this trying time, though. Instead, they should give us a call to obtain the representation that they deserve. Our personal injury lawyers will fight on your behalf and make sure that you don’t get taken advantage of in a vulnerable state. Allow us to take care of the legal aspects, while you worry about the most important thing, your recovery.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Should You Avoid Riding Your Bicycle In Florida?

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