As we all know, living in Florida is perfect for being outdoors. As the summer months approach many of us are getting ready to spend our days enjoying the outdoors. In my opinion, nothing beats taking a bike ride along the ocean. This is a great way to exercise without it even feeling like we are exercising. In addition, it is generally safe activity. However, if you decide to ride along our public streets you may be exposing yourself to serious injury.
Our streets are riddled with automobile drivers which pose a great danger for cyclists. According to the National Highway Safety Association, “bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights, and responsibilities as motorized vehicles.” Nevertheless, cyclists are still disregarded and are often not even seen until it is too late to avoid an accident. Amazingly, some drivers may not even realize they struck a cyclist and drive away. Oftentimes, drivers will blame the cyclist even though the cyclist had the right of way.
As a personal injury litigation attorney, I see individuals severely injured due to being struck by vehicles while riding a bicycle. Unfortunately, sometimes the individual on the bicycle is knocked unconscious and has no recollection of how the accident took place. As you can imagine, the driver of the vehicle will blame the cyclist for causing the accident. Sadly, if no independent witnesses exist to establish the cyclist did nothing wrong, the cyclist will be placed at fault for the accident. Fortunately, technology is helping cyclists solve these liability disputes. The solution is quite simple. Buy a helmet camera such as a GoPro. On average these cameras cost around $200.00 and are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. These small cameras record high-resolution video and audio. This small inexpensive piece of technology can eliminate all issues regarding who caused the accident.
Nevertheless, even if you didn’t have a camera and were injured due to the negligence of another while riding a bicycle, an experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help establish the other party was at fault. Hire a qualified personal injury attorney that is willing to fight on your behalf. At LaBovick Law Group we have a team of qualified attorneys prepared to discuss your case 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Do not forget the consultation is free!