If you are a bicyclist you have probably already encountered drivers who do not respect your right to share the road. Bicyclists are exposed to hazards every day in the form of drivers who are not paying attention or roads that are not safe for cyclists. The threat of being injured or killed while cycling is a serious concern and a very real problem that Miami must face. Florida’s weather and scenic beauty makes it an ideal place for people to cycle, Miami is a large metropolitan area and people that cycle are often placed in close proximity to busy congested roads. When vehicle drivers fail to exercise proper caution, although cyclists have the right of way, the results are usually catastrophic.
According to the most recent statistics published by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 120 fatal bicycle accidents in the State of Florida in 2011 (2012-2013 numbers have not yet been released). And another 4,632 cyclist were injured in the State of Florida in 2011. Miami-Dade county being one of the largest counties in the State accounts for a majority of the numbers represented.
If you are injured, or lose a loved one in a cycling accident, you need an experienced and dedicated attorney like Alexis Izquierdo on your side to help in safeguarding your rights. Attorney Alexis Izquierdo not only has over 26 years of experience successfully litigating bicycle related injuries, but is an avid cyclist himself. Mr. Izquierdo understands what the cycling safety guidelines entail and what type of negligent conduct can lead to injuries. Oftentimes, an insurance company will try to argue that the cyclist was contributory negligent and that they should be barred from receiving any recovery. It is important that you have at your side a lawyer like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo; a Miami attorney who not only knows the applicable laws, but that can also draw from personal experience when arguing your claim.
What to do after a Bicycle Accident
- Call 911
- Take note of the vehicle’s information
- Take pictures (if possible)
- Look for witnesses
- Do not discuss details of the accident with the driver: Only exchange the needed information, insurance companies have been known to twist simple statements of “I’m Sorry” into an admission of guilt to lower your settlement.
- Go to a Doctor
- Consult with a bicycle accident attorney
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a bicycle accident and to arrange a free initial consultation to further discuss how we can help you through this difficult time, please contact Miami Personal Injury Lawyer / Hialeah Car Accident Lawyer Alexis Izquierdo at our Florida office today at (305) 985-7800. Se Habla Español / Spanish language services available.
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