Bradenton Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately, the roads in and around Bradenton are not designed with bicyclists’ safety in mind. Furthermore, drivers’ attitudes towards cyclists usually range from annoyed to downright aggravation. If you were injured by a distracted or aggressive driver, you deserve to be financially compensated for your injuries and property damage. While many motor vehicle collisions that involve other cars or trucks do not involve any injuries to either party, the majority of collisions with cyclists do involve serious injury. A cyclist is not protected by tons of steel and safety glass, and the injuries are virtually always one-sided: the driver is entirely uninjured and the cyclist is hospitalized or killed. If you were the victim of a bike crash caused by a negligent driver, contact the Bradenton bike accident lawyers of the Pendas Law Firm today for assistance.
Roads, Drivers, and Even Some Law Enforcement Unfavorable to Cyclists, But Financial Compensation is Possible
Florida is the most dangerous state in the country in which to ride a bicycle. While the national average cyclist mortality rate is 0.23 deaths per 100,000 people, Florida’s is double that at 0.57 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And, Florida has made the least measurable improvement (of any state) in safety since the CDC began its study back in 1975. Car culture has created cities that are difficult or impossible to navigate by foot or bike, and a society that is unfriendly to those not driving automobiles. However, as a cyclist you enjoy many of the same legal rights as car drivers, including the right to ride on any road other than freeways or where it is posted that bikes are not allowed. Cyclists may also ride two abreast as long as they are not impeding the flow of traffic, according to Florida statute 316.2065, a rule of which most automobile drivers are either unaware or disapproving. The lawyers of the Pendas Law Firm have a firm grasp on all bike law within Florida, and will ensure that the party that caused the crash is held responsible for financial compensation. While the official police traffic report may claim that no one party was fully at fault, or even that you caused the crash to happen, our lawyers will work through any police bias or error to reach a positive settlement or take your case to court and win.
Top Driving Behavior and Maneuvers that Cause Bicyclist Injury and Fatality
Distraction, carelessness, fatigue, intoxication, and aggression are the primary causes of driver error that lead to cyclist injury and death. Types of crashes include:
- Right hooks;
- Hitting the back of cyclist going in same direction;
- Overtaking around blind corners;
- Violation of right of way; and
- Intentional crowding, hitting, or forcing off the road.
Where You Hit by a Car? Contact the Pendas Law Firm Today
If you were hit by a motor vehicle or crashed because of a driver’s dangerous maneuver, you may be owed financial compensation. Call the Bradenton bicycle accident lawyers of the Pendas Law Firm today.