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Injured Cyclist? You’re Not Alone

By Philip M. Snyder

Injured Cyclist?  You’re Not Alone

As personal injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Weston, Coral Springs and Parkland we have recently seen an uptick in the number of cyclists injured by automobiles and motorcycles.  In the United States, it was reported that 620 cyclists were fatally injured in an automobile accident in 2010.  That same year, over 52,000 cyclists reported injuries as a result of being struck by an automobile.

A majority of our cycling cases follow similar fact patterns:

  1. The accident occurred during the afternoon rush hour (likely as a result of the at-fault driver texting or on their cell phone); and
  2. The accident occurred at an intersection or at a location where there are traffic signals or other traffic control signs (again, likely as a result of the at-fault driver texting or on their cell phone).

Sadly, many cyclists involved in automobile accidents do not report their injuries – even serious injuries such as a broken shoulder, broken elbow, or torn knee.  An overwhelming number of these non-reporting cyclists later claimed that they were unaware that they could be compensated for such injuries – especially in “hit and run” accidents or accidents where the driver reported no insurance.

To be clear, if you are injured in a cycling accident as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle you should always contact an experienced personal injury attorney for a free consultation.  The personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover damages to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  There are many different ways (i.e. pockets) the injured cyclist may be able to collect for their injuries such as: (1) through their personal injury protection (“PIP”) benefits; (2) the “at-fault” driver’s insurance; or (3) from their own “uninsured motor coverage” benefits.

Choose an attorney familiar with cycling cases

Cyclist cases can be difficult to maneuver for a novice personal injury attorney as these cases can be hotly contested as it relates to causation / liability (i.e. who is the more at fault party – the cyclist or the driver).   Our personal injury lawyers oftentimes send out an investigator to the scene to interview witnesses, take pictures (i.e. skid marks), and pull surveillance videos.  Our injury attorneys also have the ability to subpoena cell phone records of the at-fault driver to see if he/she was texting or on the phone and retain experts such as accident reconstructionists to rebut the driver’s claims that he/she was not at fault.    The ability of our personal injury lawyers to spot these (and other) issues could make or break your case.   Time is of the essence, however.

If you have been injured in a cycling accident, please call one of Lyons, Snyder & Collin’s experienced personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.