Tampa Bicycle Accident Attorneys
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), bicycle trips account for only one percent of all trips. However, over 2 percent of people who die in motor vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads are bicyclists. Almost 1,000 bicyclists lose their lives in traffic crashes on American roads each year. The total cost of U.S. bicycle accident injuries and deaths generally surpasses $23 billion annually, which accounts for related medical expenses, lost work hours, and the estimated costs for loss of enjoyment of life and loss of life.
Who pays for these expenses? It shouldn’t have to be the innocent bicyclists and their families who suffer financially in these accidents. Rather, those responsible for causing them should pay—such as other motorists, or government entities who fail to design safe roads that protect bicyclists.
The good news is that if you or someone you love suffered an injury in a bicycle accident, you can hire an experienced Tampa bicycle accident attorney from Boohoff Law to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. You don’t have to face these terrible circumstances alone.
At Boohoff Law, our team of attorneys has recovered millions for accident victims like yourself. We help you understand the legal process and options while providing personalized attention to your claim. Our Tampa bicycle accident lawyers take whatever steps necessary to maximize your claim and ensure that all responsible parties are held liable for their careless, negligent, or intentional actions.
Consultations are always free, and there are no fees unless we win your case. We have four Florida locations to serve you and can even meet with you in the hospital if necessary. Our team has earned several recognitions, including an “Excellent” Avvo rating for personal injury and 10 Best Law Firm for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. You can count on us for honest and effective legal assistance after a bicycle accident or any other type of personal injury.
We also believe in giving back to our communities. We support injury victims and their families during one of the most difficult times of their lives, and we also support our local communities monetarily and in service. Among others, we’ve contributed to local police departments, school districts, food services, and St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.
Tampa is in Hillsborough County, Florida, which has the highest per capita traffic fatality rate among large counties in the U. S. Traffic accidents in Hillsborough County numbered 28,021 last year, resulting in the deaths of 275 individuals. During the same year, there were 467 bicycle accidents in this county alone. As a result, 20 bicyclists lost their lives, and 425 suffered injuries.
Comparatively, Palm Beach County has about 30,000 more residents than Hillsborough County. In a recent year, they had 24,853 total traffic accidents resulting in 216 fatalities. These included seven bicycle accident fatalities and 401 injuries resulting from 423 bicycle accidents.
AAA named the Tampa Bay area the deadliest top metro area in Florida for riding a bicycle. Additionally, AAA reports that Florida is the most dangerous state for bicyclists. As a result, the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County are investing their time, resources, and money to improve these areas’ bicycle infrastructure.
Even though Tampa’s improvements in bicycle safety can decrease the number of bicycle crashes throughout the city, many of these accidents happen because of the negligence of a motorist or even another bicyclist. Sadly, most bicycle accidents were preventable if these individuals chose safer driving and cycling habits.
With desirable weather conditions and many tourist attractions, it’s no wonder that so many people ride bicycles in the Tampa area. While all roadways and intersections can potentially be dangerous, statistics show that some are especially dangerous for bicyclists in this area.
No matter where your bicycle accident happened or if it was caused by lacking infrastructure, motorist negligence, or both, a seasoned Tampa bicycle accident attorney from Boohoff Law can help you navigate this difficult path.
Various factors can cause bicycle accidents. Sometimes, multiple factors cause a single accident. Here are some of the most common causes of reported bicycle accidents in the Tampa, Florida, area.
Distracted driving remains one of the top causes of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving bicycles. When drivers pay attention to something else like their personal hygiene, smartphones, social media, texting, passengers, pets, infotainment systems, or eating instead of their surroundings, they are more likely to cause crashes.
The risks of driving while drowsy aren’t as well-known as those of driving while impaired; recent studies reveal that they are similarly severe. For example, motorists who are up early or late or are trying to get home after a long day at work are often at an increased risk of causing severe collisions, especially with bicyclists.
Motorists who drink or get high and then drive are dangerous to themselves and everyone else on the road, including vulnerable bicyclists. Substance impairment drastically reduces a driver’s ability to make intelligent decisions and react quickly and appropriately to seeing a bicyclist to avoid causing accidents.
No matter where a car is driving, speeding increases its stopping time and distance, limiting the time the driver has to make decisions behind the wheel. Although high-speed accidents are more likely to result in severe or fatal injuries, even accidents at relatively low speeds, such as those in a parking lot or a residential neighborhood, can still be extremely dangerous for bicyclists. At higher speeds, the injuries and damages are typically more severe; however, low speeds don’t guarantee little or no injuries or property damage.
Drivers following bicyclists too closely or passing within three feet of a cyclist put everyone at risk. Not leaving an adequate buffer and passing too close make drivers more likely to strike bicyclists. These dangerous situations also leave bicyclists (and themselves) with far fewer options to avoid a collision.
Drivers who weave through traffic aren’t as likely to notice cyclists on the road. They are also less likely to make certain maneuvers that can help them prevent collisions. Weaving drivers also frequently drift out of designated traffic lanes and onto bike lanes and shoulders, creating other hazardous situations. Even if a motorist isn’t weaving, making just one unsafe lane change is still dangerous. Bicycle accidents of this type usually happen when drivers merge into bicycle lanes without looking before moving to ensure that no one else is in the lane.
Failure to yield is another type of careless or reckless driving, creating significant risks for bicyclists. From roundabouts to intersections with merging lanes, there are many places where motorists have a legal and ethical obligation to yield to oncoming traffic—which includes bicycle traffic.
Even if motorists have a green light to turn, their obligation to check for cyclists and pedestrians remains. Turning without checking for bicyclists is a common and preventable cause of bicycle accidents at Tampa’s many intersections.
Running red lights and stop signs is another common cause of bicycle intersection collisions. This happens in neighborhoods and suburban areas, as well as in urban locations and city centers. Simply running a traffic sign or signal is dangerous on its own. However, the risks increase if drivers don’t look for bicyclists who have the right of way.
For a bicyclist, the consequences of a crash can be severe or even catastrophic injuries and substantial financial damages. Sadly, some bicyclists may not live to tell about their injuries. Still, others might suffer permanent impairments or disabilities. However, with help from a knowledgeable Tampa bicycle accident attorney, injured bicyclists can file a personal injury claim and receive compensation for their injuries and damages.
Bicycle accidents can also be quite costly for the city. For instance, if a defective street, sign, light, or some type of government agency negligence contributed to the cause of a bicycle accident, the rider can file a claim against the city or a government agency for compensation.
In addition, if bicycle accidents are on the rise, especially in certain areas, the government must invest in various resources, measures, and infrastructure improvements to protect riders.
Another consequence of Tampa’s bicycle accidents is the potential for decreased tourism. Frequent bicycle accidents don’t look good for tourism. Being named a dangerous place for pedestrians or bicyclists will likely result in fewer visitors to the area. Less tourism significantly impacts the local economy.
Both the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County are members of the Vision Zero Network with the goal of eliminating bicycle accidents. As such, they have detailed plans to increase bicycle safety in the area.
Their goal is to eliminate bicycle accidents by:
Florida has a four-year statute of limitations when it comes to personal injuries, such as those arising from a bicycle accident. This means that those injured in such an accident have four years from the date of their injury to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their damages.
The statute of limitations is a deadline. However, if the injured bicyclist’s claim involves or is against a government agency, they must file their complaint within three years of the date of their injury. Suppose you are seeking the services of a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer because you lost a loved one in an accident. In that case, it’s crucial to note that Florida has a wrongful death statute of limitations of two years from the date of the death.
Whether you were bicycling for exercise, recreation, to work, as a tourist, to help the environment, or on an errand, you deserved to be kept safe. If someone hit you and you suffered injuries as a result, your rights were likely violated. That’s where our skilled Tampa personal injury lawyers come in. We can protect your rights and help you exercise your right to pursue full and fair compensation for your damages.
From your first phone call or message to our office through the resolution of your case, we are here for you every step of the way, ensuring that you receive both the legal service and compensation you deserve. Contact us online today or call (813) 445-8161 for a no-obligation initial consultation and case evaluation.
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Tampa, FL 33603
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