With increased interest in healthy, sustainable transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters and travelers in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent. The year-round warm weather and flat roads make Florida especially ideal for this cost-effective form of transportation.
Since May of 1956, the League of American Bicyclists has sponsored National Bike Month to showcase the many benefits of bicycling – and encourage more people to give biking a try. Bicycling is a great way to meet other cyclists, be environmentally friendly, avoid traffic, and save money on ever increasing gas prices.
Florida’s roads are moderately bike-friendly while bike trails seek to make it easy and safe to get everywhere you may want to go. Yet nearly 5,000 bicycle crashes caused 76 deaths and more than 4,600 reported injuries to cyclists in 2010 alone. In 2015, 818 bicyclists died in the Sunshine State. Bicyclists are particularly susceptible to serious injuries. They often suffer catastrophic injuries if a car or other vehicle strikes them.
May is National Bike Month, which means a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling while being aware of one’s rights and responsibilities as a cyclist. At Corless Barfield Trial Group, we can discuss with you the laws and insurance issues surrounding the following:
- Bicycle accident injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of others
- Wrongful deaths involving bicyclists
- Product liability/Bicycle equipment defects
- Motorcycle accidents
- Road defects causing cycling accidents – potholes, malfunctioning traffic lights, construction site violations, dangerous road gratings, railroad tracks, uneven surfaces, and unsafe man-hole covers
Corless Barfield Trial Group attorneys bring significant negotiation and trial advocacy skills to further our client’s right to compensation for a bicycling accident. As a personal injury law firm, we have worked on myriad accident cases involving bicyclists.
Our lawyers have helped cyclists take on negligent drivers and their insurance companies to recover compensation for their injuries and property damage. We can explain how the law could apply in your bicycle accident case and the best legal routes to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.
If you have questions about Florida cycling laws and when to pursue a claim for a Florida bicycle accident, call Corless Barfield today locally at 813-258-4998 or toll-free at 877-517-5595. Contact Corless Barfield to make sure you are not deprived of personal injury protection.