Tampa Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycles can be a great form of transportation for those who want to save the environment and get some exercise at the same time. However, they’re not the safest things to ride.
Bicycles have a high risk of getting hit by cars. And when this does happen, the bike rider is much more likely to be affected. The injuries can range from broken bones to brain damage to death.
When bicycle accidents occur, they can be difficult for the victim and their family. and his or her family. A Tampa bicycle accident lawyer from Franco Law Firm can help you during this time by thoroughly assessing your case and determining liability.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
A bicyclist or motorist can be responsible for a bike crash if they engage in the following behaviors:
- Distracted driving. It’s possible for bicyclists and motorists to not be paying attention to the road. When they are distracted by smartphones and other devices, they can get into a serious crash.
- Speeding. While speeding is not usually an issue for bikes, it sure is for motor vehicles. Many go 10-20 miles per hour above the speed limit, making it harder to slow down and avoid accidents.
- Following too closely. Tailgating is a common issue for passenger vehicles. Many will even tailgate bicycles even though they are required to stay at least 3 feet away from them at all times. Traveling too closely leaves bike riders with no escape routes to avoid an accident.
- Not obeying traffic laws. Running a red light or stop sign is a failure to yield violation that can result in collisions with other vehicles or bicycles that might have the right of way.
- Drunk driving. Motorists and bicyclists alike may be operating their vehicles while intoxicated, which is unsafe. Too much alcohol can lead to poor judgment, slower reaction times, and a lack of coordination, which is especially dangerous when on a bicycle.
Stay safe while riding your bike. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Always wear an appropriate helmet.
- Wear bright clothing and reflective gear to make yourself more visible to others.
- Make sure the bike fits just right—it’s harder to safely ride one that’s too big or too small.
- Make sure the bicycle is operational, meaning the brakes and other parts work.
- Don’t carry items in your hands as you ride; use a backpack.
- Plan your route in advance and ride on streets with less traffic.
Contact Franco Law Firm Today
Bicycles are much smaller than passenger vehicles, leaving riders vulnerable to catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash. Make sure you receive full and fair compensation for all your damages.
Franco Law Firm will assist you with all your legal issues while you focus on physical recovery. We’ll help you get your life back to normal. Schedule a consultation with a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer today by calling (813) 872-0929 or filling out the online form.