Cycling is a Florida favorite, and it’s no secret why. Our warm weather and beautiful scenery are ideal for a bike ride nearly any day of the week. Cycling, on top of being great exercise, is also cost-effective, invigorating, and is a great way to meet people. However, cycling is also dangerous, whether you care to admit it or not. To make matters worse, if a cyclist is over the age of 16, he or she is not even required to wear a helmet in the state of Florida. When a cyclist is struck by a car, the injuries he or she sustains are almost always severe. This is why cyclists generally consider their legal options following such an accident. If you recover financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained, you may not have to pay out-of-pocket for medical bills, in-home care, and any other special attention or services you may need. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents?

There is a wide array of factors that contribute to bicycle accidents as a whole, including poor road conditions, negligent road design, inclement weather conditions, or even defective bicycle parts. However, you will probably not be surprised to know that the most common cause of bicycle accidents is driver negligence. Some examples of driver negligence are as follows:

  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Speeding
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Disciplining children while driving
  • Failing to yield
  • Failing to comply with traffic signs, lights, and other rules and regulations of the road

What injuries qualify for financial compensation?

Generally, when you can prove you’ve been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will recover the financial compensation you deserve. Some bicycle injuries that have warranted financial compensation in the past include:

  • Road rash
  • Neck injuries
  • Dental fractures
  • Eye trauma
  • Muscular strains
  • Facial contusions
  • Soft tissue injuries 
  • Dislocated joints
  • Fractured bones

The most important thing you can do after an accident is to contact an experienced attorney who is ready to fight in your corner. An attorney will help you gather the evidence you need to prove your claim. Some of this evidence may include medical documents, security camera footage, witness testimony, and more. Do not fight the insurance companies alone.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Cressman Law Firm, P.A. is committed to collecting compensation for personal injury victims in Winter Garden and the surrounding areas. If you have suffered an injury at the hands of a healthcare professional, we are here to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today.