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Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

With endless sunshine and plentiful outdoor opportunities, Florida is popular for biking and walking. Unfortunately, this can also lead to tragedy. Injuries and deaths caused by vehicle and bicycle collisions are more common than most people would think. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Sunshine State leads the nation in bicyclist deaths.

Florida is alo known for some of the highest vehicle-pedestrian deaths in the nation. Even when pedestrians and bicyclists are focused on safety and the rules of the road, they are still in danger because of the amount of distracted drivers on the road.

Florida law treats bicycles the same as vehicles on the road. When a bicyclist is hit by the driver of a car, it’s handled the same way as a collision would be. Police should be called at the scene of the accident and a report filed. This also serves as evidence for a potential claim against the driver for injuries and damages sustained.

When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the damages are typically severe and life-altering–causing injuries such as TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) or paralysis. Even if they’re not life-threatening, many accident victims require extensive medical treatment for injuries to the face, eyes and teeth, along with fractures and punctured lungs. Our personal injury lawyers are here to help you recover from these damages, get back on your feet, and get the compensation you need for your losses.

What Causes Most Bicycle and Pedestrian Crashes?

Drivers are often focused on watching out only for vehicles, and don’t think to look for pedestrians or bicyclists. When backing out of a parking lot, driveway, or changing lanes, drivers may not see pedestrians and bicyclists. Trucks and large SUVs can make visibility more challenging, especially when childern walk in front or behind vehicles. While driving, many people multitask and take their eyes off the road. Add cell phones and other distractions to the mix, and it’s not surprising so many tragedies occur. Most times, the driver is at fault because of failing to take the necessary precautions.

Our job is to help you find out if you have a strong case to file a claim for your injuries. If a family member’s injuries were fatal, and you feel the driver was negligent, this may qualify as a wrongful death claim.

Were you or someone you love involved a bicycle or pedestrian accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver? Hiring a personal injury attorney can help you recover damages for lost wages, medical costs, and pain and suffering.

At Legler, Murphy & Battaglia, LLP, we are your Sarasota/Bradenton bicycle and pedestrian accident lawyers, and we’re here to help.