Posted On: March 1, 2011 by Mark Bello of Lawsuit Financial Corp.

Florida Bicyclists Beware Year-Round

Recent statistics released by the NHTSA confirm that Florida is the deadliest state for bicycle accidents; nearly one in five of all accidents in the US. In most states, bicyclists are eagerly awaiting spring to begin riding once again. In Florida, the winter months actually bring an increase in cyclists due to tourists and winter residents that join the locals. The growing popularity of bicycles has led to an increase in bicycle accidents, many fatal. A recent bicycle accident fatality in Vero Beach is still under investigation.

As the 21-year-old cyclist waited at a red traffic light, a tour bus driver rammed into him. The young cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene; the bus driver was examined at the hospital and released. No passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident. At this point, it is unknown why “the bus driver left the right shoulder of the road's edge, passed several vehicles and hit the bicyclist,” according to police. Speculations include the driver suffering a medical condition or a mechanical failure of the bus.

A cyclist injured in a bicycle accident might want to file a claim against the driver. An experienced attorney will investigate the facts of your case to help determine who was negligent. Bicyclists injured in an accident with a motor vehicle are, almost always seriously or fatally injured. In litigation, an innocent bicyclist may recover damages for medical and funeral expenses, loss wages, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, loss of financial support, and mental anguish. A personal injury attorney who specializes in auto/truck bicycle accidents will guide you through the difficult legal process; if you do not have a lawyer, the Lawsuit Financial Attorney Referral Program will locate a specialist for you within 24 hours of your request.

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