One of the first things that so many of us learn, is how to ride a bicycle and many of us take that skill and enjoy riding on a daily basis. Some people are exercise and leisure riders while many others, especially in the city, use their bikes as a main mode of transportation.
Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates know that you may need help if another person causes you harm while riding your bicycle. We will work to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. Call us when you need a North Miami Beach bicycle accident attorney.
Before we talk about why bicycle crashes are so dangerous, we want to show you some statistics from the latest full reporting year in Florida. We know there were:
Yes, you are seeing those numbers correctly – nearly every bicycle crash resulted in an injury or fatality. Bicyclists are one of the most vulnerable groups in and around the roadway because they have virtually no protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them. Even when a cyclist is wearing a helmet, they can sustain the following injuries:
These common bicycle crash injuries can lead to long recovery times and even leave victims disabled. The cost of medical care in these situations can become overwhelming for individuals and families and they go beyond medical expenses. If the person injured is unable to work, they will lose valuable income. In many cases, in-home care is needed and this can be costly without the help of insurance settlements. Hidden costs of crashes are often ignored by insurance companies pushing for a quick settlement.
We know that careless and reckless drivers are especially dangerous for bicyclists. Often, these incidents happen at intersections or crosswalks where the cyclist has the right-of-way. Of particular danger are distracted drivers and those who are driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
We also know that cyclists are affected by roadway conditions. Agencies and government authorities responsible for roadway maintenance could be held accountable if they allow for hazardous conditions to remain present. This can include things like potholes, broken sidewalks, faulty traffic signals, and more.
Riding a bicycle is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but a negligent driver can ruin all of that. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle crash, Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates is ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve. This can include: