Pensacola Sporting Accident Attorney
Sporting Accident Law
In the video below, Pensacola personal injury lawyer Joe Zarzaur is joined by board certified physician Dr. Evan Malone to discuss what to do if you’ve been involved in a bicycle wreck…
Did you know that every 6 hours a cyclist is fatally injured in an accident? Did you know that of those fatalities, 50% occur to children under the age of sixteen?
Sporting events including races, walks, and triathlons can often yield many different types of injuries to participants. Injuries sustained from races may include:
- Collision with other runners, swimmers, cyclists or automobiles
- Wrecks due to improper racing conditions, like fog or damaged racing surfaces
- E. coli contraction
- Exhaustion or serious injury due to coaching negligence
- Serious infection or disease caused by water borne bacteria
- Respiratory infections
- Road rash
- Knee injury
- Muscle strain
- Torn ligaments
- Head injury
- Heat exhaustion
Most sporting competitions require participants to sign waivers releasing event sponsors of any liability. That’s great for event organizers, but it leaves you personally responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of the race. Just because you’ve signed a piece of paper however, does not mean a race sponsor is no longer accountable for a participant’s overall safety. In particular, some of the most important things race organizers may be held responsible for include secure race conditions, proper race weather, and water temperature.
In the state of Florida bicycles are legally defined as vehicles. This means that bicyclists, whether participating in a race or cycling at their leisure, have the same rights to the roadways and need to obey the same traffic laws as the operators of other vehicles. This includes stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the regular flow of traffic, using signals, and yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway.
The most common types of collisions that a cyclist may be injured in are:
- Motor vehicles turning near bicyclists
- Motor vehicles entering a street whether from a driveway, parking spot, stop sign, or stop light in close proximity to cyclists
- Motor vehicles failing to yield at intersections, stop signs, and red lights
- Drivers of motor vehicles not pay attention to bicyclists
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Read more regarding cyclist injuries, other sports related injuries and cyclist laws on our blog.
Pensacola injury attorney Joe Zarzaur is an active cyclist and participates in triathlons on a regular basis. By hiring us at Zarzaur Law, you will hire a lawyer who understands cycling, knows cyclist rights, and who will aggressively help you fight for your rights. At Zarzaur Law, we handle bicycle injury cases, defective bicycle components, defective roadway conditions, as well as everything else related to bicycling accident cases.
Be confident you have a legal expert on your side.
Joe and his qualified team of Pensacola sporting accident attorneys take the time to evaluate your cycling case in its entirety.