Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Bicycle Accident Lawyer Joe Zarzaur
Florida is the deadliest state in the country for having the most number of bicycle accidents, according to the latest figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 783 bicyclists were killed in the United States with Florida taking the lead with 125 deaths.
Whether a cyclist is riding a bicycle as a mean of commuting, recreation, or exercise, it is imperative that those taking to the roadways, sidewalks, or pedestrian travel lanes on anything other than a motorized vehicle understand the rights extended to the cyclist as well as the responsibilities expected of the cyclist.
If you’ve been the victim of a bicycle accident involving a vehicle, put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. Consult with a Board Certified Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
What To Do If You Are Hit By a Vehicle While Riding a Bike
In the unfortunate event that a motorist versus cyclist accident does occur this should be treated much like any other motor vehicle accident involving cars – attention to the health, safety, and wellness of those involved with immediate deployment of emergency medical personnel and law enforcement.
Following that, documentation of the scene (photos), notation of or digital voice memos regarding the incident (document the weather and road conditions, time of day, identification of all parties and vehicles involved (first and last name, phone number, dates of birth, vehicle make/model/color, license plate or tag numbers), identify any witnesses to the event (first and last name, contact information), documentation of any bodily injuries including damage to helmet and attire, and documentation of the damage to the vehicle(s) and bicycle(s).
Bicycle Accident Check List
1. Call the police and report accident (even if you don’t think you are hurt).
2. Listen and remember what the other party says to you about how accident happened. Don’t agree to anything said by the at fault driver / party that caused the accident.
3. Preserve the condition of your bike, helmet, clothing, lighting and other property.
4. Report the crash to your own car insurance company as soon as possible. Florida is a no-fault state when it come to accident claims (let your bike accident lawyer deal with the at fault party and their insurance company).
5. Seek medical assistance. Under Florida law, your car insurance is “primary” for your medical bills. Have the ER / hospital bill your car insurance company.
6. Keep documentation of the accident. Police report, photos of bike (etc.), the scene, surroundings, other party’s vehicle.
7. Document injuries.
8. Don’t discuss the accident on social media.
9. Consult an accident lawyer that specializes in bicycle accidents in Florida.
10. Always remember – you are invisible on a bicycle.