Tampa and Sarasota Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Biking is fun for the whole family. It’s also a convenient way to get around while minimizing your carbon footprint, upping your daily exercise, and enjoying the beautiful areas in and around Tampa and Sarasota. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are far too common and far too dangerous. If a motorist’s negligence leaves you injured in a bike accident, working closely with an experienced and results-driven Sarasota and Tampa bicycle accident attorney is critical. Matthews Injury Law will stand up for your right to justice and full compensation.
Bicycle Accident FAQs
Having the answers to the most frequently asked questions related to bicycle accidents can help you better understand the claim process.
Do I Need to Hire a Bicycle Accident Attorney?
While you are not required to hire a bike accident attorney, bike accident claims are complicated, and obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled can make the difference between reaching your most complete recovery and not doing so. A dedicated bike accident attorney will help ensure that your rights are well protected throughout.
What if I Can’t Afford a Bicycle Accident Attorney?
Bicycle accident attorneys generally work on a contingency basis, which means they assume the financial risk. Your bike accident lawyer won’t be paid until and unless you reach a settlement with the insurance company or are awarded compensation by the court – at which time, he or she will receive a prearranged percentage of your total compensation.
What Are the Bike Laws in Florida?
The State of Florida takes the safety of bicyclists seriously, and all of the following laws apply:
- Motorists must allow at least three feet of space when passing someone on a bike.
- Bicyclists should always ride in the right-most lane (or in a bike lane whenever possible).
- Bicyclists may ride on sidewalks, but pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
- At night, bicyclists are required to have lights on the front and back.
Regardless of the fact that you are more difficult to see on the road when you are on your bike, every motorist is responsible for safely sharing the roadway with all who travel on it, and this includes bicyclists like you.
Florida Is the Most Dangerous State for Bicyclists
According to a report put out in 2019 by AAA, Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation when it comes to bicycle fatalities. In fact, in 2017, a full 16 percent of the 783 bike fatalities in the nation occurred in Florida. The report also shares the top causes of fatal bike accidents, including:
- Motorists who fail to yield the right of way appropriately
- Motorists who fail to obey traffic lights, signs, signals, and instructions
- Motorists who make improper turns
An Experienced Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney Is Standing by to Help
If a driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a bike accident, the impressive Sarasota and Tampa bicycle accident attorneys at Matthews Injury Law have reserves of experience successfully helping clients like you obtain compensation that covers their complete physical, financial, and emotional damages. We’re here for you, too, so please don’t wait to contact us online or call us at 813-530-1000 or 941-877-5800 for more information today.