HOW A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY CAN HELP
South Florida personal injury attorney David I. Fuchs has more than 20 years of experience in Fort Lauderdale successfully representing bicycle accident victims and their families and friends who have suffered a death in the family or sustained serious bodily injury, pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills because of driver's negligence.
Bicycle Accident Statistics:
- About 85 million bicycle riders live in the United States. From that number, about 540,000 are critically injured while on the road, and about 800 bicyclists die.
- Head injuries are among the most dangerous injury occurring from bicycle accidents, and one of every eight reported accident involves some variation of head injury.
- Brain injuries are by far the deadliest. Two out of every three deaths in cases of bike accidents involve traumatic brain injury.
Helmet Use Statistics
A majority of head-related injuries can be avoided by using a helmet. More than half of bicycle accident deaths occur to children who are under the age of 15. Helmet use varies by area and per city and state regulations. An item as inexpensive as $10-$15 in a major retail store is often the difference between a life saved and a life lost.
Bicycle Safety Tips to Observe in South Florida:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Obey all traffic rules.
- Use hand signals to show movements, whether turning or stopping.
- Remain alert.
- Do not listen to music while riding.
- Always give pedestrians the right of way.
- Keep your bicycle in good condition.
- Cars vs. Bicycles
Although it is not uncommon to encounter bicyclists while driving, many drivers give little thought to them beyond treating them as an annoyance. A bicyclist is extremely vulnerable to injury when struck by a car. Drivers and bicyclists must respect each others’ presence on the road and follow the rules of the road to avoid accidents.
Top Ten Areas of Caution
- Dangerous Turns: Be cautious of speeding cars attempting to execute turns in front of cyclists. Motor vehicle drivers should always yield to cyclists.
- Dangerous Passing: Sometimes a driver won’t give a bicycle enough space while passing, either forcing the bicyclist off of the road or striking the cyclist with the side of the car or the side-view mirror.
- Disregarding Bike Paths: Drivers should be aware of bicycle paths along a roadway. A lack of respect for bike paths can pose a great deal of danger to cyclists attempting to share the road. Consequently, a cyclist may end up being cut off or struck by an unaware driver.
- Opening Car Doors: After parking a car, unaware passengers or drivers can actually open their door right into the path of an oncoming bicyclist. Make it a habit to look both ways before opening your car door.
- Ignoring Traffic Signals: Many bicyclists view themselves as closer to pedestrians than vehicles. However, the law does not see it this way. Obeying traffic signals does not only help you to avoid a ticket, but it is for your safety as well.
- Passing A Line Of Stopped Cars: On the approach of a busy intersection involving a backlog of cars lining up at a light or a stop sign, most bicyclists will pass all the cars on their way to the front. Be sure to pass cars with caution, you are not always sure what a driver is thinking and what their next move will be.
- Riding At An Unsafe Speed: Speeding on a bicycle can be an exhilarating experience. Whether zipping downhill or testing your endurance on a straight road it is important to stay in control of the bike. If an unexpected obstacle appears, there is only so much time or ability for you to stop.
- Maintain Your Bicycle: Like any vehicle, basic maintenance is necessary to make sure the safest riding/driving experience. By making sure that your bicycle is well oiled, brake pads are clean and in working order, and that your handlebars are secure, you can be sure to avoid any needless mechanical failures while traveling through busy roads.
- Poor Bike Path Design: Cyclists sometimes use sidewalks as bike paths and sometimes there are bike path designations in the streets. Wherever your ride takes you, it is extremely important to exercise caution. When in the street, you must be aware of cars who may be distracted and unaware of your presence. When using the sidewalk, there can be sewer grates, pipes or debris that may be cause for concern.
- Children and Bicycles: When introducing children into the issue of bicycle safety, the risks increase dramatically. Children are often less likely to be aware of hazardous situations and are much more prone to exercising poor riding habits.
Whether you are a child or an adult, using a bicycle helmet significantly reduces the risk of head injury from a bicycle accident. If you find yourself involved in a bicycle accident and have experienced certain injuries such as:
- Injuries requiring surgery, sutures, staples
- Traumatic brain injury, including those caused by oxygen deprivation
- Severe burns resulting in significant and permanent scarring
- Mental anguish and emotional distress, death
- Injuries caused by colliding with a driver who is drunk, impaired, or otherwise under the influence of narcotics or drugs
After colliding with another party, it is imperative to call the police to the accident scene and seek immediate medical treatment. You should then seek legal counsel to protect your rights by calling South Florida personal injury attorney David I. Fuchs, who will take your call and speak with you immediately about your bike accident. David will then stand ready to fight for you to see that you get compensation for your pain and suffering, any lost wages and medical bills.
Call attorney David I. Fuchs Toll Free at 954-568-3636 for a free consultation to discuss your bicycle accident case. You may also write to Lawyer David I. Fuchs by filling out the form on the “Contact Us” page.
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