Belleair Bicycle Accident Attorney
Cyclists have to keep their heads on a swivel every time they’re out on the road. The roads have become so dangerous to those on two wheels that it can feel like a battle for one’s life just commuting to work or going out for a leisurely spin. If you were injured in a bike collision, the Belleair bicycle accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff can help you file a claim against the negligent driver, which will help cover your medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and much more.
Drivers Usually Deny Fault
Whether a collision occurs between two motor vehicle operators or a driver and a cyclist, chances are that the at-fault party will deny fault, and claim that the plaintiff, or another party entirely, caused the incident. This is particularly common in bike vs. car collisions, because a large portion of drivers either do not fully understand the rights that cyclists have to be on the road, or are so heavily biased against cyclists that they are willing to fabricate stories in order to point blame at the cyclist. To make matters worse, police often only interview the driver because the cyclist is at the hospital by the time the accident report is being conducted. If you were injured while riding your bike, you need an attorney who will ensure that your side of the story gets told.
Top Four Most Common Bike Collisions
- Hit from behind—Being hit from behind generally happens when a driver is drunk, road-raged, or distracted. These types of collisions often have the worst outcomes, as they are often high-speed, catastrophic collisions.
- Right hook—The driver makes a right turn in front of a cyclist in the shoulder or in the bike lane, cutting them off. Right-turning drivers must always yield right of way to cyclists going straight, even if the driver “beats” them to the intersection.
- Failure to yield right of way from a side street—
- Left turn across traffic—The driver turns left, across the cyclist’s path, violating right of way and causing a head-on or T-bone collision.
Road Rage Against Cyclists is at an all Time High
Cyclists have a right to use virtually all roadways that occupants of motor vehicles use. Yet, many drivers do not see it this way. Road rage is one of the most common ways in which bicyclists are hit by motor vehicles. Common driver behaviors that are likely to cause a collisions include honking, intentionally passing too close, swerving at a cyclist to intimidate them, speeding up to make a pass, coal rolling, intentionally cutting a cyclist off, and attempting to make the cyclist hit the back of a vehicle by slamming on the brakes.
Call a Belleair Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
You did not deserve to be hit, just like you do not deserve to suffer the physical injuries and psychological harm that the distracted, aggressive, or drunk driver caused you. Do not hesitate to contact the Belleair bicycle accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a free consultation.