It’s not uncommon to see people out and about riding their bikes at any time of day here in Florida. Whether it’s for pleasure or for exercise, bike riding is a hot commodity; but as with any moving vehicle, riding a bike does come with a possibility for danger. Did you know that Pinellas Park, FL is considered the world’s most dangerous place to ride a bike in all of America? This specific county has the highest cyclist death rate in the Tampa Bay metro area and the highest rate of any metro area in the entire U.S.
After someone has incurred a bicycle accident, there are various types of compensation that can be rewarded, such as medical expenses and future medical costs, rehabilitation or nursing home care, lost wages or earning capacity, pain and suffering, medical devices or products, and any additional expenses that are a result of or related to the accident. To get the most compensation you deserve, it is important to hire a personal injury lawyer you trust to get the job done. If you personally have been involved in a South Florida bicycle accident, it is your right to consult a lawyer and receive legal representation. In the case that your family member is the one who has been involved in the accident, and is unable to file the case themselves, whether because the victim has died or is physically unable to do so, you must present identification documents that prove you are related to the injured, and in the event that the case is won, you would receive the settlement as the family representative.
Bicycle accidents don’t just happen in Florida. They happen everywhere. The United States is crawling with bicycle-related injuries — 900 deaths, 23,000 hospital admissions, 580,000 emergency department visits, and 1.2 million physical visits per year, to be exact. These numbers can dramatically decrease if people take precaution each and every time they strap on that helmet, clip into their bike shoes, and ride off into the distance. Bicyclists should always obey traffic laws and ride defensively, use safety gear and reflective clothing for easy visibility, make sure to keep up with bike maintenance, always pay attention to all surroundings, and plan ahead for whatever your ride may entail, and wherever your ride may take you.
Wolf & Pravato is a leading personal injury law firm in Fort Lauderdale that distinguishes itself because of decades of experience and the legal resources to handle virtually any case involving injury to families or individuals. For 21 years, we have handled thousands of personal injury cases, and with each case comes more knowledge about our community and how to best serve our clients. Our four office locations in Fort Myers, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami allow us to conveniently and efficiently serve people in communities all over South Florida, including Aventura, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Cape Coral, Coral Gables, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hallandale Beach, Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Margate, Miami, Miami Beach, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie, Tamarac, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Weston.
Thankfully, Florida safety procedures are on the rise because of an organization called Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale, a response to citizens’ concerns about safety for the traveling public, which includes walking, biking, driving, or riding the train or bus. Its mission is to achieve a “zero fatality transportation network” through three specific principles:
● Principle 1: There is not an acceptable level of fatality or injury on our streets.
● Principle 2: Traffic deaths and injuries are not accidents but preventable crashes. Principle 3: The public should expect safe behavior on city streets and actively participate in efforts to make them safer.
These changes won’t happen overnight, but with the right amount of time and resources, and efforts made by both private and public partners at the City, county, state and federal government levels, the goal can be met. While we hope to see improved accident statistics in our state, we still aim to can bring justice to those who have been affected, and continue to be affected, by these incidents in South Florida. We will help get these victims and their families back to the life they knew pre-accident.