Clearwater, Florida Bicycle Accident Injury Claims
It is hard to imagine that anyone would take issue with the fact that bicycling is a healthy, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way to get from place to place. People ride bikes for many reasons, including simple transportation, recreation, sport, or even as part of the way they make their living. Unfortunately, as is the case with any physical activity, riding a bicycle also exposes individuals to a significant risk of serious injury. In fact, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that 6,058 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents during 2012 alone.
It is probably safe to assume that the total number of bicyclists injured is significantly higher than this figure when adding those injured in non-traffic accidents. For example, some bicyclists may be involved in an accident if a part on their bicycle malfunctions or if there are dangerous hazards or conditions on a bike path, sidewalk, or road. No matter how your accident occurred, the experienced Clearwater bicycle accident lawyers at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA can help you hold any negligent parties liable for their actions.
Injuries commonly sustained by bicyclists
Though every bicycle accident is different, there are many injuries that are often suffered by riders. Many of these injuries occurred when a bicyclist is thrown from their bike and hits a car, the ground, or other objects. Additionally, bicyclists often suffer several different points of impact, causing multiple injuries in different parts of their bodies. Some examples of common injuries include as follows:
- Broken wrists, hands, and arms
- Fractured jaw and/or dental damage
- Fractured bones in the face
- Neck and back injuries
- Deep contusions
- Spinal cord injuries
- Concussions or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Torn ligaments or tendons
Some of the above injuries can cause long-lasting pain and physical limitations, even with proper treatment. While some bicyclists require surgeries and long periods of recovery, others may never fully recover from their injuries at all.
Damages Caused by Florida Bicycle Accident Injuries
Those that have suffered severe injuries as a result of a bicycle accident will often have to contend with the damages that will arise as a result. Bicycle accident injuries have the potential to inflict severe enough damages that a person can have their entire life ruined all because of a driver’s negligent choices. These damages are the crux of a bicycle accident injury claim and being able to identify and calculate them properly can make or break your case. Some of the most common damages that will be claimed in a bicycle accident injury case include:
- Lost Wages
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Earning Potential
- Pain and Suffering
Helmets do not always prevent head injuries
Florida law only requires bicyclists under the age of 16 years to wear a helmet, which means a large number of adult riders may be tempted to go without helmets. In some bicycle accidents cases, the negligent party may try to limit their liability by claiming that an injured bicyclist would not have received a head injury had they been wearing a helmet.
However, statistics published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)  indicate that helmets can reduce the risk of injuries to the head by approximately 50 percent, as well as a reduction of 33 percent for neck or face injuries. This data demonstrates that, even if a bicyclist is properly wearing a safety helmet, they still have the potential to suffer extremely serious head and brain injuries. Our attorneys know how to stand up for your rights whether or not you were wearing a bicycle helmet so that you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve. Additionally, if you suffered a head injury because your helmet was defective and therefore did not provide adequate protection, we can help you hold the helmet manufacturer liable for the serious injuries and losses you suffered.
Call a Clearwater bicycle accident law firm today to retain legal representation
After a bicycle accident, victims are often confused, upset, hurt, and do not know where to turn next. Fortunately, in many cases, an experienced bicycle accident attorney can help victims secure financial compensation for their losses. The lawyers of the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have been helping people throughout the state of Florida obtain justice through the legal system since 2009 and work hard to make sure that every client they represent gets the full and fair value of their legal claim. Additionally, unlike many other personal injury law firms, all legal work is performed and processed by an attorney who is a member of the Florida Bar, rather than delegated to non-attorney support staff. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, please send us an email today through our online contact form or call our office at 727-451-6900.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756