Florida is one of the best states for cyclists, and if you are an avid cyclist, either for leisure or exercise, you probably never imagine a day where you sustain a serious accident as a result of negligence. Unfortunately, these accidents happen, and often, cyclists are severely injured, as they are far more vulnerable than those in motor vehicles. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you should strongly consider reaching out to a knowledgeable Florida personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Our legal team is on your side. Here are some of the questions you may have about bicycle accidents and the legal process ahead:
What causes bicycle accidents?
Bicycle accidents can happen for many different reasons, though they are typically a result of negligence. In most cases, drivers are responsible for bicycle accidents. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents are as follows:
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Tailing cyclists too slowly
- Trying to overtake cyclists
- Not allowing cyclists the shoulder
- Distracted driving
- Motorists not seeing cyclists at night
What should I do if I’m hurt in a bicycle accident?
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you should do everything you can to document the facts of the incident. This includes obtaining witness statements, taking pictures/videos of the incident (GoPros) are great for this, seeking immediate medical treatment, and calling the police to the scene of the accident. To learn more about what you should do after being injured in a bicycle accident, simply watch the video below.
What is the statute of limitations for injury claims in FL?
The statute of limitations for injury claims in Florida is, typically, four years, which means that those who’ve been wrongfully injured will only have four years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the party who caused the accident. Waiting any longer than four years will most likely result in you being permanently time-barred from suing. Our legal team is prepared to assist you today.
Contact our experienced Orlando firm
Our firm understands the repercussions of a serious accident. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you should not have to fight the uphill battle for financial compensation on your own. When you hire one of our attorneys, you are hiring a devoted, caring, and aggressive attorney who will tenaciously fight for your rights. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and wishes to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Schmitt of the Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.