WARNING: According to the NHTSA, 743 people were killed in a bike accident and an additional 48,000 were injured in accidents involving crashes with motor vehicles in 2013.
When a bicyclist is injured by a motor vehicle driver, the bicyclist may be entitled to damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Regardless of who was at fault for the accident, a bicyclist may be entitled to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits up to $10,000 from either the vehicle that struck the bicyclist or from a vehicle in the household of the bicyclist. Furthermore, if the bicyclist was not at fault, the bicyclist may be entitled to additional compensation from the at-fault motor vehicle driver.
Bicyclists must follow the state’s traffic regulations as well as laws specifically addressed to bicyclists. Since a bicycle is considered a vehicle in most states, bicyclists get to enjoy the rights of the roadway. Unfortunately, motor vehicle drivers often do not respect the rights of the cyclist or simply fail to notice a bicycle on the roadway, causing accidents to occur.
The most common errors made by automobile drivers that lead to accidents:
- Failure to yield at an intersection
- Entering the street from a driveway or parking space and pulling in front of a bicyclist
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Not paying attention while driving past a bicyclist
- Turning directly in front of a bicyclist
- Drug or alcohol impairment
- Failure to yield to a bicyclist
Common Bike Accident Injuries
When an automobile strikes a bicyclist, the injuries tend to be severe and may include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones or compound fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe back or neck injuries
- Facial and dental injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Broken hips
- Concussions or other head injuries
Seventy percent (70%) of all bicycle accidents that result in fatalities are due to a head injury. Bike accidents often result in catastrophic, incapacitating injuries to victims. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be unable to work or perform routine daily tasks without assistance. An experienced Florida bike accident lawyer can help.