Cyclists are at significant risk of injury and fatality when riding along the streets of Florida. Compared to cars, cyclists travel at much lower speeds and have much less protection. As a result, when an accident occurs, bike riders are likely to suffer more serious injuries than drivers. Taking extra precautions on the road and taking the right steps after an accident can help keep you protected
Bicycle Accident Statistics in Florida
Across the nation, deaths caused by bike accidents are much higher than they should be. However, Florida is home to more accidents than other states. In fact, in 2015, Florida had more fatalities than any other state, with 150 crashes resulting in death. Florida also had the highest per-capita bicycle accident fatality rate, with about 7.4 deaths per million residents. Experts believe that crashes could be on the rise due to an increase in vehicles on the road. Cyclists are also impacted by impatient and inattentive drivers.
What to Do After an Accident
Prevention is the best medicine, but in some cases, bicycle accidents are unavoidable. If you’re victimized by a crash, it’s important to act quickly to protect your rights and your health.
Protecting Your Rights
Anything you say about the accident can be used against you by the other party’s insurance company. Keep comments about the accident off social media, don’t communicate with the other party’s insurance company, and do not go to the media. Let your attorney handle the negotiations. Even giving a simple account of the bicycle accident to the other person’s insurance company might be detrimental to your case. Seemingly innocent statements can be twisted in the other person’s favor.
There’s no substitute for a personal injury lawyer who has handled bicycle accident cases in your area. An attorney can assist you in getting the care you need and navigating through the complexities of the insurance system in Florida. If you or someone you love is involved in a bike crash, get a free case review from the experienced lawyers at Fetterman & Associates by calling (561)923-8670 today.
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