Not everyone chooses to drive a car. Some choose to take public transportation or ride shares. If someone lives especially close to their destination they may choose to walk. But there are some who choose a bicycle for their main mode of transportation. Bicycle riding has an increase in popularity as more people have become health conscious and environmentally oriented. Bicycle riding is a great form of exercise for the heart and mind, but not everyone is on board. Sharing the road is not what vehicles do best. Unfortunately, our North Miami Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates have seen first hand the physical and emotional trauma bicycle accident victims go through due to the negligence of a vehicle driver.
Recent statistics show that bicycle riders are considered vulnerable roadway users. They are vulnerable because bicycle riders have limited safety features. Helmets are the main form of protection, but it doesn’t help other parts of the body deal with the impact of getting hit by a car or falling to the floor because of an impact. In 2017, there were 6,675 bicycle crashes. Of those 6,675, there were 128 fatalities. In Miami-Dade County, 805 crashes occurred with 14 bicycle fatalities. This is a 6% increase from 2016. The trend is only increasing in accidents, not decreasing. So what does this mean? This means more justice needs to be seen to set the tone for a more educated and conscious society.
Our Bicycle Accident Attorneys have worked with clients with a range of injuries. From head trauma to dislocated bones to fractures, sprains, and amputation to near death neck injuries. The kinds of injuries sustained by bicycle accident victims are radically more dangerous than the injuries to those who caused the accident. It makes sense. Drivers are protected by the armor of their car. Bicyclists only have a helmet or some elbow and knee padding. Common injuries include:
The list goes on. Because a bicyclist is exposed to the elements without much cushion from protective gear, the body is in more physical danger. Much like a pedestrian, without armor, the only thing absorbing the impact of a hit is your body.
If you or someone you love was injured in a bicycle accident you should seek legal assistance. Insurance companies like to play a game called blame the victim. It starts with passing blame on to the victim. By doing this the insurance company will avoid paying most of the medical bills related to the accident. With a strong and aggressive advocate by your side, our North Miami Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates will fight to make sure almost all your bills get paid, not just some. Call 305-831-4333 or click here for a free consultation with our North Miami professional attorneys today. We have the resources and experience to get you back to on track.