Riding a bicycle has become increasingly popular as a way to commute and exercise. In fact, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of bicycling commuters increased 62 percent between 2000 and 2012. Unfortunately, the rise in riding has coincided with an increase in the number of bike accidents.
Florida is one of just six states where 54 percent of all nationwide bike accidents occurred. Many of the bike crashes occur because drivers do not understand how to safely share the road with people who ride their bikes. Victims can hold these drivers accountable for accident losses if motorists were careless or if the drivers failed to follow any of the safety rules of the road. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene attorneys represent Tampa bike accident victims and can represent you if you wish to pursue a claim for compensation after a crash.
From 2010 to 2012, there was a 16 percent rise in the number of annual bicyclist deaths. Many bike riders also suffer very serious injuries including:
The bicycle does not provide any protection to a rider who is involved in an accident, so it is very common for a bike rider to face permanent or costly injury after a collision. If the driver of the car was fully or partly responsible for causing the crash, the rider can pursue a claim for compensation.
Victims of a bike accident can obtain compensation in one of two ways:
When negotiating a settlement, it is important to remember that an insurer is typically going to try to pay as little as possible. Once you have accepted the terms of a settlement agreement and signed a waiver of liability in exchange for compensation, you cannot change your mind. This means you may not be fully compensated for losses if you accept a settlement that is too low. Before you sign a settlement agreement, you should speak with an experienced attorney at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene. Your lawyer can work to negotiate a settlement on your behalf and can help you to understand your legal options.
If your case is handled in a court trial, you have the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant driver was at fault for causing the crash. You have to show that the driver was negligent and the negligence led to your injuries.
In some cases, you may be able to pursue a claim against multiple defendants after a bicycle crash, such as a driver and the driver’s employer. A Tampa bike accident lawyer will help you determine who you should sue.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has represented more than 32,000 personal injury clients including many victims of bicycle collisions. If you or a loved one was hurt in Tampa or surrounding areas, call today to schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney.