Bicycle-related injury in the State of Florida
Riding a bike offers many benefits. It allows you to get in your exercise, is an economical mode of transport and provides an opportunity to be part of a community of avid cyclists. There is however the very real risk of getting hurt. Despite being a state that welcomes riders to use its roads, Florida’s motoring public admittedly could be more respectful toward the rights of their manually powered commuters. It is true that laws are in place to protect bikers from undue harm. Yet these cannot make up for the existence of careless motorists as well as faulty street surfaces that are the main contributors to why accidents occur.
You can take comfort in the fact that Lichtblau & Goldberg will be able to successfully uphold your rights should any untoward biking incident take place. The firm has been in practice for many years, specializing in personal injury cases in the counties of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. Do not hesitate to contact us should you or anybody you know falls victim to a cycling-related injury. We can advise you on the possible actions available should you be legally entitled to recover. Contact us to receive a consultation free of charge.
Damaged street surfaces and inconsiderate drivers
Vehicular accidents are extremely common, and usually occur because a driver a of motor-driven vehicle is negligent, reckless, inebriated, or lacks the necessary skill or foresight in its handling. Lichtblau & Goldenberg has the legal experience to accurately determine how you can recover from such unfortunate events.
In addition to this, the state of Florida has a responsibility to ensure the safety of its bike-riding populace. It forewarns its residents about potential road hazards in the form visible signs and traffic devices. Accidents however can still occur despite these being in well-placed areas. There are undoubtedly some street surfaces that could cause injury regardless of any precautions made to deter it. Should you find yourself in a situation where a normal bike-riding occasion results in an injurious incident, notify us as soon as possible. We will be able to provide you with immediate legal advice after hearing the facts, assessing the situation and conducting the required research of your case.
The highest incidents of bicycle-related injury
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) show that there were 716 fatalities and over 52,000 cyclists injured in 2008. In contrast, Florida accounted for 109 casualties in 2009 highlighting it as among one of the most deadly states for bicycle riders. Vehicular accidents contribute to most of these unfortunate incidents.
List of injuries that have occurred:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Permanent disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
Wearing protective gear can definitely reduce then amount of injury sustained. It cannot however, totally prevent it. Rash guards, headgear, knee and elbow protectors of whatever quality will be unable to fully withstand the impact of an oncoming vehicle. Should any of the above-listed injuries take place, Lichtblau & Goldenberg is here to help you or your loved ones alleviate some of the mental and physical suffering. We will make sure that you will be able to recover what you are legally entitled to under the law. This includes assistance involving insurance claims and the required filing of papers necessary to preserve your rights. Vehicle drivers are not the only ones that can use our roads. Bicycle riders are equally important.