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Bicycle Accidents


Gainesville Bicycle Accidents Attorney

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With more and more people turning to bicycling as a means of both transportation and recreation, the risk of bicycle accidents has also increased. Although national statistics show a downward trend, this is likely due the implementation of bicycling infrastructure in large cities. These accidents can be highly devastating because bicyclists lack the protection afforded by a motor vehicle, and therefore are more vulnerable to serious injury, and even death. Gainesville Bicycle Accident attorneys, of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., are committed to seeking justice for injured victims.

Whether cycling along a rural road in Alachua or Marion County, or in more heavily populated or higher traffic area, there are clear dangers associated with each. In more rural areas, bikers are often forced to travel in barely adequate bike lanes, and essentially can end up literally sharing the roadway with passing motorists. There may be insufficient street lighting, leaving the bicyclist the protection of only a reflector and the hope that oncoming vehicles will exercise due caution.

Just a few of the types of Bicycle Accident cases are:

Bicycling in less rural areas involves its own unique risks as well. More traffic means more potential hazards for bicyclists traveling along busy roadways. Some motorists may be texting while driving, or otherwise distracted. Others may be speeding, or fail to obey traffic signals. When a motorist fails to operate their vehicle in a reasonable manner, they are placing a bicyclist at risk for catastrophic injury. Our team of aggressive Gainesville Bicycle Accident Attorneys feel that negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions.

Many motorists may be unaware that bicyclists are generally lawfully entitled to share our roadways. Every state has laws concerning the operation of motor vehicles. In Florida, it is known as the State Uniform Traffic Control Law. Florida, like most other states, has specifically provided for bicycling regulations within its law pertaining to motor vehicles. Florida Statute 316.2065(1), provides “[e]very person propelling a vehicle by human power has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this chapter, except as to special regulations in this chapter, and except as to provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.”

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If you were involved in a bicycle accident, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention. Even if the accident was minor, you may have injuries that are not immediately apparent, such as a soft tissue injury. Bicycle accidents are commonly associated with head trauma and internal injuries caused due to the severe impact that occurs when a vehicle strikes a bicyclist. In addition to your physical well-being, seeking medical attention immediately after the collision will protect your legal rights to recover for damages. Under a recently implemented law in Florida, medical attention must be sought within 14 days following a motor vehicle collision, including collisions between a car and bicycle.

Like most accident victims, you probably have several questions. You may have current concerns such as mounting medical bills and lost wages. Many also have long-term concerns such as future medical expenses, and your ability to perform your job duties in the same manner you did prior to the accident. At the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., we understand that you are going through a difficult time. We will work with your medical providers, insurance companies, and any other necessary parties, so that you can focus on your recovery.

In the tragic event that your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident, our wrongful death attorneys want to provide assistance, so that you can properly grieve over your loss. However, it is imperative that you protect your legal rights by consulting with a Bicycle Accident Injury or Wrongful Death Attorney, as soon as possible following the accident.