Being injured in a bicycle accident may mean that you are eligible to recover financial compensation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys understand that bicycle accidents can lead to serious injuries that may affect you for years to come. To open your claim today, give our firm a call. Continue reading to discover the most common cause of bicycle accidents and the steps to take at the scene of your accident to increase your likelihood of winning your personal injury claim.
What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Florida?
The most common causes of bicycle accidents are typically forms of motorist negligence. The following are the most common forms of negligence behind the wheel:
- Failing to yield
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving while fatigued
- Smoking or eating while driving
- Navigating directions while driving
- Disciplining raucous children while driving
- Texting while driving
- Not checking blind spots
- Ignoring traffic signs and lights
- Failing to comply with other rules and regulations of the road
What should I do following a bicycle accident?
Take the following steps after being injured in a bicycle accident while you are still at the scene:
- Call the police. They will be able to document the accident by conducting a police report. They will also bring medical assistance to the scene of your accident.
- While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, if you can, take photos and videos of the scene of your accident. It is important to take photos of any hazards that led to your accident as well as any damage to vehicles and property involved.
- If there were any witnesses to your accident, collect their contact information.
- When the ambulance arrives, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. This is a crucial step that should not be skipped even if you do not immediately feel symptoms of an injury. It is important to be seen by a medical professional after an accident in case injuries later arise.
- Be sure to collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve. Your attorney will also work to obtain further evidence of your accident including surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is generally four years. The statute of limitations is the time period you will have from the date of your accident to take legal action. It is important to bring attention to your claim within this period to avoid being barred from suing. To get started with this process today, give our firm a call.
Contact Our Firm
For a skilled Tampa personal injury lawyer you can trust, contact The Frank Santini Law Firm today for a free initial consultation.