Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents
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At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, our personal injury attorneys love living in Gainesville. The weather is beautiful all year long, allowing us to enjoy the outdoors. Every day, we see other Florida residents taking advantage of the blue skies and great landscapes as they walk to lunch and bicycle to work. We love that local residents take to the streets for transportation, but we hate when pedestrians and bicyclists are involved in accidents. We dedicate ourselves to fighting for the rights of victims so that Gainesville, and the surrounding North Central Florida region, can be a safer place to live, work and play.
Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents in Gainesville
Pedestrians and bicyclists are more vulnerable on Florida roads because they are less protected in an accident. A pedestrian is no match for a car, truck or even a motorcycle, and there’s nothing to protect the pedestrian in an accident. And although a bicyclist may be wearing a helmet, there is little else that offers protection that can compare to the safety features of a vehicle. So a driver of a car who hits a pedestrian may emerge unscathed, while the same can rarely be said for a pedestrian or bicyclist.
According to the Center for Urban Transportation Research of the University of South Florida, traffic accidents involving pedestrians in 2010 resulted in almost 500 fatalities in Florida. And the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that more than 700 bicyclists were killed in an accident in the United States in 2013. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident while walking or riding a bicycle, call the personal injury attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts. We are here to fight for your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
All too often we hear that pedestrians or bicyclists “came out of nowhere.” But of course, no one is materializing out of thin air. It’s more likely that the driver who hit the pedestrian or bicyclist was texting, talking on the phone, fidgeting with the radio, eating or otherwise just not paying attention. Don’t let a driver who hit you, or their insurance company, treat you differently because you were not in a vehicle.
Attorneys for Bicycle Accident Victims in Florida
On many of the roads in Gainesville and other towns in Florida, you’ll find a designated bicycle lane that is designed specifically for bikers. This is a great initiative to encourage our residents to be active and “green” while reducing the number of vehicles on the road. We have noticed an uptick in the number of residents who bike to work, class or social events, but unfortunately that increase can sometimes come with a price. Florida saw a sharp increase in the bicycle fatality rates per 100,000 persons from 2010 to 2011. And as more people choose to “go green” and limit their use of fuel-burning vehicles, or choose to exercise rather than sit in a car, the number of bicycle-related accidents is expected to rise.
So, how can you stay safe while riding a bicycle? First, understand that if you are involved in an accident, it is not automatically your fault. Every case is unique, but there is no blanket rule that says a bicyclist is at-fault for an accident in Florida. However, cyclists are required to follow the same traffic laws as operators of vehicles. And because a cyclist is much smaller than a vehicle, it can be difficult to see a person on a bike.
Stay Safe While Riding A Bicycle
- Wear light-colored or reflective clothing
- Wear a helmet
- Secure any bags or packages so there are no loose strings or straps
- Abide by the traffic laws
- Use hand signals when turning or changing lanes
- Share the road with vehicles
- Use a bike lane if one is present
Attorneys for Pedestrians Involved in an Accident
Nearly 4,750 pedestrians were killed in a traffic accident in the United States in 2012, which averages to one death every 2 hours. While children and elderly adults are most at risk for being injured in an accident involving a vehicle, we want to make sure that every pedestrian on the streets of Gainesville or anywhere else in Florida are protected. That’s why we work diligently to represent pedestrians who have been hit or injured in an accident.
Did you know that alcohol was a factor in 48% of traffic accidents which resulted in the death of a pedestrian in the United States? Many of us would think ourselves safe if we decided to walk somewhere while intoxicated. After all, it’s safer than driving while under the influence, right? The reality is that when your senses are impaired, you can be at risk. Drunk drivers have slower response times, and they may not even see a pedestrian. However, a drunk pedestrian is open to many accidents, such as falling off a curb, walking into traffic and forgetting to look before crossing.
Gainesville Personal Injury Attorneys
At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, we strive to represent those who are injured in an accident. Whether or not you think you may be at-fault for an accident while walking or biking, it’s important that you call our law firm and speak to an experienced attorney. We can help you determine who was at-fault, collect evidence from the scene of the accident, and even help you file your insurance claim. We will also make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve to help pay for you medical bills, lost wages and other costs associated with accidents. Don’t let a driver tell you the accident was your fault — call our office today.