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What Are the Rights of an Injured Bicyclists in a Hit and Run in Florida?

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Bicycle Accident Victims & Careless Driving

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In Florida, the weather and terrain allow for virtually year round bicycling. Because of this, bicyclists are on or near the roadways on daily basis. Drivers should watch out for bicyclists and do their best to share the road with bicyclists and when necessary yield to a bicyclist. Common sense dictates that a bicycle is not match for a motor vehicle in any instance. Because of this, drivers should slow down any time that they are near or approaching a bicyclist. Unfortunately, bicyclists are injured far too often due to careless or negligent driving in the State of Florida. In some of these instances, the accident is a “hit and run” accident. When a driver flees the scene of a bicycle accident or pedestrian, it is a crime. Furthermore, it puts the injured bicyclist or pedestrian at risk for further injuries or even death if the failure to stop at the accident scene delays the provision of emergency medical care and assistance.

Bicycle Accident Injury Due To Hit & Run

A recent “Hit and Run” bicycle accident was reported in Gainesville (Alachua County) Florida. It involved a 21 year old resident – Rebecca Harris – who suffered two fractured legs, a fractured arm, and a severe head injury.  She was transported to Shands Hospital – Gainesville for emergency / trauma care and treatment.  Witnesses were able to provide police with information that eventually lead to the location and recovery of the alleged vehicle involved in the bicycle / automobile accident.  Police are relatively certain that the vehicle involved in this serious Florida accident was the one in the accident due to the type of property damage on the vehicle.  Further investigation is proceeding to locate the driver of the vehicle. See Hit and Run Bicycle Accident Reported in Gainesville, Florida.

When a bicyclist is injured in a Hit and Run accident, the bicyclist may be able to pursue a case or claim for personal injuries.   If the driver of the vehicle was negligent and caused the accident, a claim may be pursued against both the driver of the vehicle and the owner of the vehicle assuming that owner gave permission to the driver to operate the motor vehicle.   The injured bicyclist may also have a claim for damages / compensation against his or her automobile insurance company if there is Uninsured Motorist coverage in place. Most policies will provide coverage to an injured bicyclist.

A case or claim on behalf of an injured bicyclist can be quite complex and confusing.   There may be a number of legal and practical hurdles in the way to a person receiving the compensation he or she deserved for the bicycle accident related personal injuries. Because of this it is important to consult with and retain a Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorney for legal representation.

Bicycle Accident Lawyers – Protecting Your Rights

The Florida Personal Injury Law Firm of Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. has been representing bicycle accident victims for over 50 years.  The experienced personal injury lawyers at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. are On Your Side – At Your Side when you need an attorney to protect and enforce the rights of a bicycle accident victim.  At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., personal injury cases including those involving bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, automobile accidents, and other matters are handled on a contingency basis. This means if there is no financial recover – there will be no attorney fees or costs.  Contact Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. right now for a free consultation.  All initial consultations are free of charge.

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