Let a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer help when you’ve been hit by a car
Personal injury attorney Armando Edmiston can get you real results
If you got hit by a car while riding your bicycle, Tampa bicycle accident lawyer Armando Edmiston can hold the at-fault party accountable and get you the highest amount of compensation possible. Armando Personal Injury Law has recovered millions for clients in Tampa and all over Florida. Discover what an experienced Tampa bicycle accident attorney can do for you. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.
According to recent data, Florida consistently ranks toward the top – if not No. 1 – for the most bicycle accident deaths in the country. Our law firm has seen firsthand the serious and potentially fatal injuries a car accident involving someone riding a bike can cause, which is why we always fight to get the highest payout possible for injured bicyclists. That way, you can get the medical treatment you need and deserve not just now – but moving forward.
Since a bicycle does not offer much in the form of protection, there are numerous injuries you can sustain as a bicyclist in a car vs. bicycle crash. While bicyclists face many dangers, some of the most common bicycle accident injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries/Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries/Back Injuries
- Broken Bones/Fractured Bones
- Neck Injuries
- Facial Injuries (e.g., broken or chipped teeth/lost tooth, broken nose, broken jaw, lacerations, bruises, scars)
- Dislocated Shoulder/Torn Rotator Cuff
- Punctured Lung
- Abdominal Injuries
- Road Rash
Whether you have a broken leg or a concussion, you shouldn’t have to suffer through the painful symptoms and have to worry about how you’re going to pay for your medical expenses.
Let our law firm fight for you. Tampa bicycle accident lawyer Armando Edmiston has the knowledge and experience to handle every aspect of your claim so that you can get maximum compensation for your injuries.
What should I do if I get hit by a car on my bike?
If you’re involved in a collision with a car while you’re riding your bicycle, you should call 911 right away to request an ambulance and a police officer. If you’re unable to make the call, ask someone nearby to do it for you. After that, you should:
- Keep calm and don’t say too much – The last thing you want to do at the scene of your bicycle accident is start arguing about who’s at fault. You’re better off not saying anything, as whatever you say at the crash scene could be misconstrued as admitting fault. Even saying something as harmless as “I didn’t see you” or “You came out of nowhere” can be interpreted as admitting fault.
- Get information from everyone involved – Be sure to take down the name, address, phone number, license plate number, driver’s license number, insurance company name, and insurance policy number of everyone involved in the crash. If you were hit by a commercial vehicle, don’t forget to get the name and contact information of the driver’s employer.
- Take pictures – You’ll want to capture an overview of the crash scene from different angles and then take detailed pictures of any damage, injuries, skid marks, street signs, traffic signals, road markings, construction, and hazards. The more pictures the better.
- Find witnesses – If anyone saw your bicycle accident happen, ask them to stay until police arrive so they can give a statement to the investigating officer. Be sure to also get their name and contact information. Eyewitness testimony can be a powerful piece of evidence and a deciding factor in your bicycle accident claim.
- Tell police what happened – When the investigating officer arrives, tell them the truth about what happened and stick to the facts. You can get a copy of the official police accident report on the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website for a fee. Police reports are crucial pieces of evidence when pursuing a car accident claim.
- Talk to an attorney – An experienced bicycle accident lawyer can guide you step by step through the claims process, handle negotiations with the insurance company, and help you get maximum compensation for your injuries.
During your free consultation with our law firm, Tampa bicycle accident lawyer Armando Edmiston can meet with you at a time and place that’s convenient for you, listen to what happened, talk about your legal options, and help you figure out what steps to take next.
What are my rights as a bicyclist?
Under Florida law, anyone riding a bicycle has the same rights and duties as someone driving a car, with some special regulations. Additionally, if you’re riding your bicycle on a sidewalk, across a roadway or going through a crosswalk, you have all the same rights and duties as a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
In general, drivers can safely share the road with bicyclists by:
- Yielding to bicyclists as they would other motorists
- Being aware of surroundings (e.g., when parking, making a turn, backing up, stopping, or going through a parking lot)
- Coming to a complete stop and looking both ways before turning right on red
- Following the speed limit, driving defensively, and driving for road conditions
- Giving bicyclists plenty of room and not passing too closely
If you were hit by a car while riding your bike, there’s a very good possibility that the other driver did something to cause or contribute to the crash. That’s why it’s important to know your rights and understand the law as it applies to bicyclists. If the driver is ticketed by police for the collision, that can be used to strengthen your claim.
What are the most common causes of bicycle accidents?
In a car vs. bicycle accident, some of the most common forms of driver negligence include:
- Failure to Yield
- Running a Red Light or Stop Sign
- Texting While Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Fatigued Driving/Falling Asleep at the Wheel
- Dooring (opening a car door into the path of a bicyclist)
- Tailgating/Aggressive Driving
- Making Unsafe Turns
While other drivers can cause bicycle accidents, sometimes bicyclists get into crashes because of dangerous road conditions or defective bicycles. Other times, someone’s dog or another animal might run out into the path of a bicyclist and cause a crash.
If you were in a bicycle crash that wasn’t your fault, let Tampa bicycle accident lawyer Armando Edmiston aggressively advocate for your best interests and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
A Tampa bicycle accident lawyer can pick you up when you’re down
At Armando Personal Injury Law, our clients are family. In other words, we think of your problems like our problems and will stand by your side when you need us the most. Tampa bicycle accident attorney Armando Edmiston is caring, compassionate, accessible, and knows what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf that gets real results.
Best of all, we represent our clients on a contingency fee basis. That means it won’t cost you anything unless we win. It’s that easy. See how an experienced Tampa bicycle accident lawyer can help you. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.