Pinellas County, Florida has the highest cyclist death rate in the Tampa Bay metro area – which has the highest rate of any metro region in the entire United States. If you ride a bicycle in Tampa or St. Pete, you know how dangerous the roads can be for cyclists.
Narrow bike lanes, confusing traffic signals, and distracted drivers are just a few of the dangers that you need to be aware of every time you get on your bicycle to take a ride. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important that you contact an attorney to help guide you through the process of making a claim against the person who hit you. The attorneys at McCulloch Law, P.A. are here to help.
The number one precaution you can take as a cyclist is to wear a helmet. Not only will this affect your legal case, but more importantly it could save your life. The use of a bicycle helmet has been estimated to reduce the odds of head injury by 50%, and the odds of head, face, or neck injury by 33%. Before you are ever involved in a bicycle crash, protect yourself by purchasing a helmet approved by the federal CPSC Safety Standard and wearing it whenever you ride.
Following a bicycle accident, it is important to call the police and ask for a police report. Make sure the police get the other driver’s driver license and insurance information. You’ll also want to document the bicycle crash by taking photographs of the scene of the accident, your bicycle, and the at-fault driver’s vehicle; this evidence may be of great use in your case against the at-fault driver. If you’ve been injured in the bicycle accident, seek the appropriate medical treatment to not only receive the necessary treatment, but also in order to document your injuries. The insurance companies may reach out to you to take a statement or offer you money to drop the case; in no event should you speak to any insurance company without an attorney. This is why it is important to call an attorney as soon as you can to make sure your rights are protected.
Why Hire a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
McCulloch Law, P.A. offers free consultations to victims of bicycle accidents. Our attorneys can come to you for your consultation at your home, the hospital, or anywhere that is convenient for you. Additionally, we will take your injury case on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you’ll never owe us money for legal fees unless you win your case.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, the medical bills and lost wages can start to pile up, causing stress on you. Let the experienced attorneys at McCulloch Law, P.A. take the burden off of you and start working to make you whole again.
The attorneys at McCulloch Law, P.A. have experience handling bicycle accident cases in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Riverview, and most surrounding areas of the Greater Tampa Bay Area. We are licensed to practice law throughout the entire State of Florida.