Sunny skies, thousands of miles of roadway, and great views make Florida an excellent place to ride your bicycle. However, simply riding near or around motor vehicles increases the chance of a collision. Bicyclists and pedestrians are extremely vulnerable and may be easily hit and severely injured. Before getting onto your bike, make sure that you take every precaution to avoid a painful collision with a motor vehicle. Wear bright and reflective clothing, especially at night. If you enjoy riding at night, consider investing in a bike light that will help motorists see you from far away. Always wear protective gear and a helmet. Don’t text, call, or listen to music while riding. Headphones can block sound, disorient you, and prevent you from hearing oncoming traffic. Don’t rely on drivers to see you; use hand signals when needed and exercise caution when stopping, turning, or crossing the street. Unfortunately, sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent a crash. If you have been injured in a collision with a motor vehicle, call an experienced Tampa bicycle accident attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A.Causes of Bicycle Accidents
When motor vehicles collide with bicyclists, it is most commonly due to driver distraction. Drivers are required to yield to bicyclists in all situations: when entering oncoming traffic, when passing bicyclists, when making right turns, and when encountering traffic stops and lights. Distracted drivers are another major threat to bicyclists. Drivers may be texting, using their phone, talking to a passenger, or eating while driving. They may also be impaired or intoxicated, or simply overtired. All of these distracted driving situations can be extremely hazardous for a bicyclist. If you or someone you know has been in a motor vehicle accident while riding a bicycle, call an aggressive Tampa bicycle accident attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A. We want to make sure you receive just compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.What to Do After a Bicycle Accident
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision as a bicyclist, you may have numerous injuries including damage to your neck, back, and head. Even if you were wearing a helmet, you are still prone to head, spine, and brain injuries after colliding with a fast-moving motor vehicle. Call the police and emergency services immediately-- even if you think you are not injured you will have to file a police report. Get the insurance and personal information of the driver, as well as any witnesses to the accident. If you are able to, take photos of the accident, the car involved, and your bicycle. Focus on your health, then contact an attorney. We want to make sure you receive the medical care you need while we fight to get you damages that you are entitled to. When you hire a skilled attorney, you don’t need to worry about anything other than healing. We handle the investigation and the insurance companies so you can get better.Call Pallegar Law, P.A. Today
If you or someone you know was a bicyclist involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact a knowledgeable Tampa bicycle accident attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A. Call 813-444-3912 today for your free consultation.