What Type Of Damage Recovery Is Possible For Bicyclists In Florida?
Because Florida has lovely weather, it makes sense that many enjoy riding bicycles for exercise, recreation, or as a mode of transportation. Yet, bike riders are still vulnerable to injuries. Injuries happen on busy roads and on bike paths. While trails reduce the possibility of a bike sharing a road with a motorist, there are still road crossings to consider.
Clearwater, Florida has great trails for bikes, including the Courtney Campbell Trail, Duke Energy Trail, and the Pinellas Trail. If you or someone you love was injured in a bike accident, talk to a personal injury lawyer to understand your rights.
What Type of Damage Recovery Is Possible?
The amount of compensation available depends on a few factors. It will need to be established that there was a negligent party, for example. A lawyer will also look at local ordinances and what safety equipment was worn by the bicyclist. If the bike rider had some responsibility, there may be more difficulties in recovering damage. That said, Florida law does protect individuals when another’s negligence can be proven. Talk to a Florida bicycle accident attorney about your situation.
Expenses that can result in compensation:
- Doctor bills and medical expenses. When there are doctor appointments, medical treatments, physical therapy sessions, and hospital stays, there is likely a path to compensation to cope with these bills.
- Reduced income. If a person is unable to work while they are recovering, they may be eligible for income compensation. In the event that future earnings will be impacted, that can also be considered.
- Mental anguish. Compensation for emotional suffering may be a possibility if the pain and suffering can be directly connected to the injury that was a result of the bicycle accident.
How Bike Riders Can Stay Safe
While it is impossible to completely reduce the risk of being injured when riding a bike, there are things cyclists should do. One of these is wearing a helmet. Florida has a mandatory helmet law for individuals who are younger than 16 years old, but bicyclists of every age can benefit from a properly fitted helmet in the event of an accident. Also, reflectors and lights help with visibility.
Inspect bikes before taking to roads and trails as well. Be sure the handlebars and seats are tightened and in the correct position. Comfort is important, if there is discomfort when riding a bicyclist is more likely to look at their bikes when they should have their eyes focused on the path, road, and potential dangers.
Also, bicyclists need to follow traffic signals and signs just as cars do. Because bikes are easier to maneuver through tight spaces, some bikes disregard signals. This creates hazards. Instead, be safe, stay aware, stay to the right, and use arm signals when turning.
Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Were you injured in a bicycle accident? After seeking medical attention, talk to an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at Roman & Roman have over 100 years of combined experience, and we serve clients in Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa. Schedule your free consultation today.