Lakeland Bicycle Accident Attorney
Florida is a bicyclist’s haven with warm temperatures, sunny skies, and beautiful beaches. Unfortunately, our state also has its fair share of negligent drivers. If you were hit by such a motorist, you may be entitled to compensation. A Lakeland bicycle accident attorney from Capaz Law Firm can review the circumstances surrounding the crash for free and help you plot the way forward.
We can come to you if you are unable to come to us. If we don’t win your case, you won’t owe any fees whatsoever. Call 863-400-6151 today to get started.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
There are countless causes of bicycle accidents, but of course some are more common than others. Driver negligence is often a contributing factor. At the end of the day, if you were hurt while riding a bike and another party is to blame, you should speak with a bicycle accident lawyer about your rights.
Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:
Rear-Enders: Rear-end crashes are the most frequent type motor vehicle wreck in Florida. A motorist may hit a bicyclist on the back wheel. As a result, the bike flips, and the cyclist lands on the car’s hood or is struck, forcing them off the road or into the opposite traffic lane. These accidents typically happen at night, especially when bikers do not use a reflector so drivers can easily detect them. They also often involve intoxicated drivers.
Left Cross: Left-cross or left-turn accidents occur when a vehicle moving in the opposite direction turns left in front of the bicyclist. The motorist may hit the biker on their side, causing them to be thrown from their bike into the street or run over entirely. If the motorist pulls in front of the cyclist, the biker may crash into the side of the vehicle.
Right Hook: Sometimes bicyclists are traveling next to drivers who are unaware. The driver attempts to make a right turn, and as a result, they cut the biker off. Other times, a driver might see the bicyclist but speed up to turn quickly in front of them. If the driver misjudges the time or distance it will take to execute the turn, the cyclist might be forced to hit the side of the car or suffer a head-on collision while the driver is trying to turn. Either situation can be disastrous and even deadly.
Pull-Out: Motorists who are backing out of a driveway or pulling forward from a side street may not check or be able to see any oncoming bicycle or pedestrian traffic. Even if the cyclist sees them, it may not be enough time to stop.
Dooring: Motor vehicle drivers and passengers are responsible for checking their mirrors and surroundings before they open their doors and exit the vehicle next to traffic lanes. If they fail to do this, they may hit a bicyclist with their car door, resulting in serious injuries.
What Should You Do After a Bicycle Accident?
After being involved in a bicycle accident, your priority should be to get the medical care you need. Even if you don’t immediately feel pain or other symptoms, you could be injured. Once you have received a medical examination and treatment, your next step should be to call an experienced Lakeland bicycle accident attorney. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better your chances of receiving full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Call a Skilled Lakeland Bicycle Accident Attorney for Help
After a bicycle accident, you need someone you can rely on—someone who will stand up for your rights, even if no one else will. At Capaz Law Firm, our Lakeland bicycle accident lawyers will be your advocate, fighting for your right to receive compensation for your damages. Call our office today at 863-400-6151 or through our online contact form to schedule your complimentary case consultation.
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