Bicycle accidents are most often caused by motorists who do not see the bicyclist or do not give the bicyclist the right of way. A 30 pound bicycle is obviously no match for a 3,000 or 4,000 pound car or heavy truck. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida leads the nation in bicycle accident deaths, with 125 reported in their most recent study, conducted in 2011. If you were injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries in a personal injury lawsuit. If a loved one lost their life, survivors may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Attorney Brandon Stein represents bicycle accident victims and offers a complimentary case review.
Alcohol Often Involved in Bicycle Accidents
According to the NHTSA’s study, in more than 37% of the bicycle accident deaths, alcohol was reported in either the motor vehicle operator or the bicyclist. Of the 677 deaths reported, the highest number of male deaths occurred in riders who were 45-54 years old (130). Six times more males than females were killed and four times more males than females were injured. The highest injury rate occurred in individuals who were 16-20 years old. In short, riding a bicycle can be extremely dangerous – or deadly – and extreme care must be taken. It is recommended to wear a helmet and bright colored, reflective clothing. Night riders should always use a front light and a rear reflector or flashing light.
Damages for Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents may be caused by negligent motorists, road debris or a variety of other reasons. Bicycle accident victims may pursue damages for present and future medical expenses, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering and other losses. In a wrongful death lawsuit, claimants include the spouse, children or parents of the deceased. Speak to your attorney for specific information related to your case.
Personal injury Attorney Brandon Stein provides his clients with aggressive, hands-on legal representation. He personally handles all aspect of each case. He makes himself available to his clients and is responsive to phone calls and emails. Nothing is more important to Attorney Stein than his clients. He understands that many of his clients have suffered from injuries and losses and it is his privilege to fight for them. He will always seek the maximum amount of compensation possible for his clients. Bicycle accident cases and other personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no legal fees unless your case is resolved in your favor. To schedule a free case review, contact Attorney Brandon Stein by calling 786-766-8701.