How often do Tampa bicycle accidents occur?
Data available from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that bicycle accidents are not uncommon throughout the state. During the latest reporting year of data we have available, there were 6,590 bicycle crashes reported. Out of these incidents, we know that there were:
- 160 bicyclist fatalities
- 6,183 bicyclist injuries
When closely examining this data, we can see that the majority of all reported bicycle accidents result in some sort of injury or fatality for the bicyclist.
Common causes of Tampa bicycle accidents
Bicycle accidents in the Tampa area have many causes. While some bicycle accidents are the result of the negligence of the bicyclist, there are also times when the negligent actions of other drivers cause these incidents. A particular concern is that many drivers fail to recognize that bicyclists have the same rights on the roadway that other vehicles do in most situations. To that end, many bicycle accidents are caused by another driver:
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist
- Passing a bicyclist too closely
- Following a bicyclist too closely
- Turning into a bicyclist at an intersection
Another major concern for bicyclists are drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as well as those distracted by their cell phones or other devices.
Most common Tampa bicycle accident injuries
When we turn to data available from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, we can see that the state of Florida classifies bicyclists as “vulnerable roadway users.” In other words, passengers on a bicycle are more likely to sustain an injury in the event of a crash occurs than those inside traditional passenger vehicles.
When a bicyclist is involved in an accident, it is not uncommon for them to sustain the following injuries:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Concussions or other head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries with possible paralysis
- Other neck or back injuries
- Severe lacerations or road rash
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
Due to the traumatic and sudden nature of these incidents, it is also not unlikely for bicycle accident victims to suffer from significant emotional and psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What kind of compensation is available for these cases?
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of another party, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. Attorney Paul Rebein has extensive experience helping injury victims recover the following types of compensation after a bicycle crash:
- Coverage of any medical expenses related to the bike crash
- Any physical therapy or rehabilitation expenses needed
- Lost income if a victim cannot work while they recover
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party
The total amount of compensation available in a Tampa bicycle accident case will vary depending on the circumstances related to each particular situation. Factors that can affect compensation amounts include the severity of a victim’s injuries and pain and suffering, whether the victim had any fault for the incident, whether the injury victim is able to work, and more.
How long do you have to file a Tampa bicycle accident claim?
Any bicycle crash that occurs in the Tampa area should be reported to your insurance carrier as soon as possible. In general, the insurance carrier of the at-fault party will be responsible for paying any damage or injury expenses. However, if an insurance carrier does not offer a fair settlement or denies a claim, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit.
The Florida personal injury statute of limitations is four years from the date the injury occurs. This means that a Tampa bicycle accident victim has a four-year window with which to file a claim against an alleged negligent party. Failing to do so within the specified time frame will result in a victim being unable to recover the compensation they need.
How will an attorney help with this case?
Some people may mistakenly try to handle their bicycle accident case without the assistance of an attorney. However, a skilled Tampa bicycle accident lawyer will have the legal resources and experience necessary to:
- Obtain all evidence needed to prove liability, which can include photo or video surveillance, accident reports, statements from eyewitnesses, and more.
- Work with trusted medical and economic professionals to ensure their client’s well-being and to help calculate total expected expenses.
- Handle negotiations with every party involved to secure a fair settlement or prepare the case for trial if necessary.
Contact us for a free consultation of your case
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Attorney Paul Rebein is ready to stand by your side and will conduct a full investigation into your claim. Attorney Rebein is not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or other parties involved in an effort to secure the compensation you are entitled to. When you need a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer, contact us for a free consultation today.