Bicyclists have a right to be on the road, but, unfortunately, some motorists do not take sufficient precautions to watch out for bicyclists or give them room to properly share the road. As a result, accidents between vehicles and bicycles often produce disastrous outcomes, especially for the bicyclist, who has little or no protection against the much larger and heavier vehicle. Aside from a helmet, a bicycle offers no vehicle frame or other surface that can protect its rider if it is struck by a vehicle. There is also nothing to prevent the bicyclist from being thrown from the bicycle, whereas an occupant of a vehicle typically enjoys safety features such as seatbelts, child restraint seats, and airbags. When this type of unthinkable accident occurs, and severe injuries or even death results, our personal injury law firm is here to help.
Our Fort Myers personal injury attorneys represent adults and children who have been injured or killed in all types of bicycle accident injury cases and seek to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions through legal liability and financial responsibility for the victim’s losses. Compensation obtained through a personal injury or wrongful death action stemming from a bicycle accident can be used to defray medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, long-term care expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. While financial compensation cannot replace the loss of a loved one or rectify a serious injury that permanently impacts a person’s life, it can help an accident victim and his or her family cope with their tragedy and handle their stress levels.
Having an experienced Fort Myers personal injury attorney representing you or your loved one is critical to recovering the medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and loss of earnings that you deserve. Motor vehicles often do not properly yield to bicycles traveling on the streets or sidewalks, resulting in serious injuries or even death to the rider.
We urge you to call us at the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., immediately for a free consultation about your potential legal claim. We can guarantee that we will charge you no fees or costs unless you win a settlement or jury verdict awarding you financial compensation for your losses. Please visit our settlements and verdicts page in order to view the results in some of the cases handled by Randall L. Spivey.
More Helpful Information
According to IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), children are involved in the majority of bicycle accidents with automobiles. These bicycle accidents can often result in serious or fatal injuries.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center says that California, Florida, and Texas continue to lead the nation in the number of bicyclist fatalities. Nearly one-third of all injuries and fatalities are caused by bicyclists being struck by cars.
Bicycling is a fun way for families to get exercise and spend time together. Like any physical activity it carries some risk. Bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights, and responsibilities as motorized vehicles.
How often do drivers suddenly come upon bicyclists riding at night? If it happens even once, it may be once too often.
Florida was the second deadliest state in terms of bicycle fatalities in 2010 (the latest NHTSA statistics). "Motorists and cyclists each need to be safety-conscious when on Florida's roads."