How Do Bicycle Accidents Differ From Other Vehicular Accidents?
Bicycle accidents differ from other vehicular accidents in that they usually involve much more severe injuries.
What Types Of Injuries Do Bicycle Riders Generally Sustain From Accidents?
Common injuries sustained by cyclists include lacerations, broken bones or fractures, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, closed head injuries, spinal injuries, neck and back injuries, disc herniation, disc bulging, disc protrusions, and psychological trauma. Oftentimes, the injuries sustained in these types of accidents will cause serious debilitation and require surgery. Even cyclists who wear helmets can sustain traumatic brain injuries, which can lead to depression, anxiety, and memory loss. In addition, many people who once relied upon cycling as their primary means of travel become too scared to ever cycle again.
What Type Of Road Hazards May Lead To Bicycle Accidents?
Potholes are the most common type of road hazard. Changes in sidewalk elevation can also cause problems, as well as sand, rocks, or gravel on a roadway. If the public entity for the city or the county knew or should have known there was a problem and didn’t fix it, they could be held responsible for an accident. In some cases, a repair company may be held responsible. Depending on the circumstances of a particular accident, a number of different individuals could ultimately be held responsible.
What Factors Circumscribe The Viability Of A Bicycle Accident Claim In Florida?
In about 95 percent of the cases we accept, the cyclist was behaving rationally prior to the accident. It is important to remember that a bicycle is no different than any other vehicle. This means that if a cyclist was acting irrationally, riding carelessly, cutting in front of people, weaving in and out of traffic, or otherwise creating a situation where they were endangering themselves and others, then they would not likely have a viable claim for any injuries they sustained in an accident.
What Damages Can An Injured Person Hope To Recover In A Bicycle Accident Claim?
An injured person can recover past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and future pain and suffering for the remainder of their life.
Are Bicyclists Required To Wear A Helmet and Other Safety Gear While Riding A Bike In Florida?
For anyone who is 16 years or older, it’s perfectly legal to ride around the state of Florida without a helmet, although this isn’t recommended. Anyone who is under the age of 16 is required to wear a helmet. However, if a child was not wearing a helmet when they were injured in an accident, a claim could still be brought on their behalf. In other words, not wearing a helmet would not bar someone from obtaining compensation for their injuries.
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