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Florida Law and Advice: What to Do After a Florida Bicycle Accident Causing Personal Injury?

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According to a recent study by Transportation for America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, Florida is the #1 state for cyclists and pedestrians killed in car accidents.
If you are riding a bicycle and get hit by a car, what you do following the accident can either help or harm you when it comes to recovering damages. Here is what you should do to help yourself:
Call the police – Even if you have sustained minor or no injuries, you should all the police and wait for them to arrive so they can take a police report. If you leave without doing this, you may have problems down the line with witness statements, insurance information, and other details as to the Florida bicycle accident.
Do not settle the case at the automobile / bicycle accident scewne – While the driver may be apologetic and offer you some sort of immediate compensation, do not negotiate. Wait for the police and be sure your version of the story is recorded in the report. Many drivers may try to deny their negligence at a later date in order to escape liability for the personal injuries, medical bills, and related damages.
Get driver and witness information – be sure you get contact information for the driver as well as anyone who witnessed the accident. Write down any witnesses’ comments that may be useful to your case later.
Record your story – Write down everything you know about the accident, including date, time, location, weather conditions, traffic conditions, etc. Don’t rely simply on memory, which can change as a result of the trauma or the passage of time.
Don’t fix anything – Do not take your bike to be fixed. Keep everything as it was following the accident – your bike, bike helmet, clothing, shoes, etc. Take photos as well.
Call a Florida personal injury attorney – even before you notify your insurance company, call a Florida personal injury attorney who can advise you on your Florida legal rights and the at fault driver’s legal responsibilities for your propert damage, medical bills, future medical treatment, and pain and suffering damages.
If you or a member of your family have been injured in a bike accident and suffered any physical or emotional loss, contact our Jacksonville Florida personal injury law firm.

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