Riding a bicycle in South Florida is a great way to exercise and take in the beautiful scenery, however, due to congested roads and inattentive drivers, bicyclists are at a serious risk even when complying with all of the traffic rules. Collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles often result in the most serious injuries including fractures, disk herniations, brain damage and even death. The Offices of the Perazzo Law firm have years of experience in representing seriously injured victims of such bicycle accidents.
Before jumping on your bicycle, take the time to learn the rules and regulations affecting bicycle riders. Many jurisdictions have rules requiring certain safety equipment. It is important to know the rules as they are aimed at providing safety for bike riders and others who share the same roads. Regulations vary between requiring the rider to wear a helmet and dressing in a reflective outfit to provide for easier visibility to others sharing the road. There are also rules calling for the bicycle itself to be equipped with features that make it more visible at a distance. It is also important to be aware whether you are required to travel in the same direction as the motor vehicle traffic. Some jurisdictions readily issue tickets for those who fail to follow these rules. Moreover, if you fail to follow safety rules by not wearing a helmet or having reflective clothing or high visibility paint on your bicycle, it can be used to deny you compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies will look for any reason to deny or reduce the compensation owed to you for an injury. Failing to follow safety rules and regulations can be used as a defense by the insurance company to avoid paying just compensation in any subsequent litigation.
Following a bicycle accident, it is important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Oftentimes, an injury may not manifest itself for some time. It is also important to seek medical assistance to have a written record of your injuries in order to easily prove the injuries you have sustained when seeking compensation. While at the scene, when safe to do so, take note of your surroundings, weather conditions, direction in which you were traveling. If there were any witnesses, take note of their names and contact information. Pay attention to any surveillance cameras around the area where the collision took place since any video recording can be easily used to prove your case. Subsequent to your injury, it is important to keep a diary or a log of your injuries and any physical therapy you may be undergoing. Memory tends to fail over time and insurance companies employ every tactic they can to prolong litigation to take advantage of that.
At Perazzo Law firm we have worked with seriously injured clients and provided the assistance they needed to get their medical bills and lost wages paid in addition to full monetary compensation for their pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bicycle, scooter or as a pedestrian, contact us online or call us at (786) 529-7411 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your case.