Ocala Bicycle Accident Lawyer
For a number of reasons, bicycle accidents almost always lead to extremely serious injuries in Florida. Most cars weigh more than 4,000 pounds; most bicycles weigh about 20 pounds. Most vehicles travel at rather high speeds, even on Ocala side streets; most bicycles are barely moving. Finally, all vehicle occupants have significant protections against car crash injuries. Bicycle riders almost literally have the clothes on their backs for protection.
The odds on the roadway are stacked against bicycle crash victims. Unfortunately, the assertive attorneys at Piccin & Glynn cannot do anything about those probabilities. But they can even the odds in court. Florida insurance companies always have posses of lawyers who fight to reduce compensation. Victims need aggressive Ocala bicycle accident lawyers to fight for them. That’s the best way to obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.
What Causes Bicycle Crashes in Ocala?
Bicyclists make up only a tiny portion of the vehicle traffic in Florida. Yet they account for over 10 percent of the crash fatalities in the Sunshine State. Typically, these serious injuries stem from some form of negligent driving. Some of the more common forms include:
- Speed: Excessive velocity increase the risk of a collision. The faster vehicles travel, the more time it takes to react to emergencies and slow these vehicles down. Speed also multiplies the force in collisions. It transforms routine “fender benders” into serious crashes.
- Alcohol: This substance is a depressant which makes people unnaturally relaxed. Alcohol also replaces sober judgement with a sense of euphoria. These qualities may make people good party guests, but they also make people dangerous drivers.
- Distraction: Hand-held cell phones are a good example of distracted driving. When drivers use them, they take their minds off driving, their eyes off the road, and their hand off the wheel.
- Drowsiness: Many people who would never drink and drive have no problem driving home after a long day. Yet fatigue and alcohol affect the brain in about the same way. In fact, driving after eighteen awake hours is like driving with a .08 BAC level.
When drivers operate vehicles in this way, they violate the standard of care that all Ocala drivers must follow. They usually violate traffic safety laws as well. These violations make liability even easier to prove.
Damages in Ocala bicycle wreck cases usually include compensation for medical bills and other economic losses, as well as emotional distress and other noneconomic losses.
Obtaining Compensation in an Ocala Bicycle Crash
In places like Florida, successful bicycle crash claims need more than solid evidence and a sound legal theory. They must also overcome the natural prejudice that many vehicle operators feel against bicycle riders. Many observers call this phenomenon “bikelash.”
Despite all those “Please Share The Road” signs, many Marion County jurors believe that bicycle riders do not share the same status as vehicle operators. An attorney must be prepared to deal with this prejudice. Usually, that process involves emphasizing all the things that the tortfeasor (negligent driver) did wrong. That way, the jury feels compelled to award fair compensation to the victim.
Partner with Hard-Hitting Ocala Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Bicycle crash victims deserve justice and compensation for their serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer in Ocala, contact Piccin & Glynn. We do not charge upfront legal fees in negligence cases.