Accounting for over 16% of all bicycle fatalities in the United States in 2016, Florida ranks at the top for being the deadliest state for bicyclists and pedalcyclists. Even when excluding bicycle fatalities, Florida continues to rank at the top of the list for dangerous cities in the us to bicyclists with 6,234 injuries to bicyclists in 2016. Not surprisingly, the major populations centers of Florida – Tampa-St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami are the most dangerous to bicyclists and pedalcyclists.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that almost half of the bicycle fatalities nationwide were caused by light trucks. The study also found that most frequent points of impact in bicycle fatality cases were to the front of the vehicle (78%) or the right side of the vehicle (9%).
These numbers confirm what most drivers and bicyclists already know, it is dangerous for bicyclists on the roadway – especially in Florida. Some of the more frequent reasons bicycle-involved crashes occur is because of
- Distracted Driving
- Failing to Keep a Proper Lookout
- Failing to Yield
- Aggressive Driving
- Improper Lane Changes
Due to the significant weight difference between bicycles and vehicles, as well as the lack of protection from impact, bicycle accidents often lead to serious injuries or death. Those injuries may range from broken bones to spinal injuries or brain injuries.
As a result of seriousness of bicycle accidents, it is important to hire a bicycle injury lawyer familiar with the laws in Florida and how they may apply to your case. Attorney Justin Presser is a bicycle accident attorney and has fought for clients who have been seriously injured and for the families who have lost loved ones.
After a bicycle accident, victims often endure the physical stress as a result of the pain from the injuries they sustained and the financial stress that follows as time is missed from work and medical bills continue to rise. Questions about how these medical bills, or the mortgage, rent or other bills will be paid is often at the forefront of bicycle victims’ minds.
Presser Law, P.A. is here to help bicycle accident victims gain their footing again. Through direct communication, Presser Law, P.A. explores issues of fault, causation, damages and recovery and offer our clients insight into their cases. Once necessary information has been gathered, we provide an aggressive recovery strategy based on the facts of the case.
Bicycle injuries can be devastating. Attorney Justin Presser is here to help. Assisting bicycle injury victims throughout Florida, there are no fees and costs unless we make a recovery for you. Contact us today for your free case review and see how we can help fight for you.
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Q: Who is responsible for my medical bills or lost wages?A: While the driver who caused the crash is ultimately responsible for the injuries they caused, the answer largely depends on the types of insurance which may be available. For instance, if the driver responsible for the bicycle accident has appropriate insurance to compensate the victim for the injuries sustained, your insurance will initially issue payment for the bills, with you being responsible for the balances. The driver’s insurance normally does not initially pay for medical treatment unless the bicycle victim does not have available Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) insurance. However, the driver is responsible for the injuries that they caused and we will aggressively pursue your case to help you achieve justice, as well as explore all available insurance coverages which will benefit or assist you.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a bicyclist, contact Presser Law, P.A. We can immediately start the process of investigating your claim and work with you to explore issues of fault, causation and damages so that we can fight to bring you the justice you deserve.
Q: The other driver says I was at fault but I do not remember the crash, do I have a case?A: Potentially. Determining fault in a bicycle accident, or any crash for that matter takes a review of the evidence. This can often be through examination of the vehicle, bicycle, clothing or of photographs of the incident scene or witness interviews. The evidence may show that you were not at fault, or that you were not completely at fault and therefore, the other driver bears at least some responsibility for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Presser Law, P.A. We can immediately start the process of investigating your claim and work with you to explore issues of fault, causation and damages so that we can fight to bring you the justice you deserve.
Q: When is the best time to contact Presser Law, P.A. after a bicycle-involved crash?A: At the earliest and safest opportunity. The sooner we are involved, the sooner we can evaluate your case and begin to secure potential evidence and speak to witnesses.
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- Ben A
This was the first time I ever had to deal with an injury attorney and I am thankful it was with Justin Presser and his staff. This law firm went above and beyond to communicate with me throughout the entire process of dealing with my injury. Thank you Justin and Jessica, I appreciate all your help!
- Mohanyie Ramjas
Justin was great at communication! He was always a call or text away anytime I had any questions and checked up on my during my recovery. Highly recommended!
- Barrington Irving
Very efficient and professional. I Really Appreciate the work done on my case and I couldn’t have asked for a better result. Thank you Justin Presser.
- Cashey Embree
When I first got into my car accident, I tried to settle everything myself without an attorney. I realized very quickly how naive that was to think I could handle all of that. I struggled to find a lawyer that I thought I could trust. On the recommendation of a friend, I reached out to Justin. It was the best decision I made. He not only handled everything but he kept me in the loop and always gave me amazing advice when I was uncertain of what the best decision was. He kept communication open, even when sometimes it may not have been what I wanted to here. I never felt like I was bothering him with the unending questions I know I had as well as the things he had to explain to me. If you are looking for someone to represent you well and will do the best thing for you, then Justin is the best choice out there.
- Ashley Moore
From day one, Justin was very straightforward and personable. Jessica, his case manager, was warm and always willing to answer any questions I had about the process. Justin was always available for communication, and always timely in responding. Both of them make a great team, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again in the future or to recommend them to anyone.