Our client was riding his bicycle in the street with the flow of traffic, when he was runned over by a driver backing her SUV out of her driveway in Plantation. The driver of the SUV negligently failed to yield to the victim, a sixty year old Broward business executive who likes to exercise on his bike everyday. She backed out of her driveway without properly looking back and struck him. Our client was rushed to Broward General Hospital, where he was seen in the emergency room for his multiple injuries, which included a fractured jaw, a closed head injury, a derangement of the left knee, as well as other back and neck injuries. He was admitted to the hospital that same day and had to undergo surgery under general anesthesia, where plates and wires were inserted. Luckily, the rider was wearing an approved bicycle helmet.
Bicycle Accidents are Common and Frequently Deadly
Unfortunately, accidents involving motor vehicles and cyclists of all ages are very common and, given the lack of protection that bicycles afford riders, often deadly. The last five year bicycle fatality report issued by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that 512 people died in bicycle accidents in this State between 2000 and 2004. The same report shows that 23,842 people suffered injuries in bicycle accidents in Florida during that period.
More Recent Cases
Just a few days ago, a man riding his bicycle on Sunrise Boulevard was killed when struck by a Toyota stationwagon.
Failing to Wear a Helmet May Also Cost You Money
Of course, as the same statistics show, a helmet usually helps. Moreover, you should consider that wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle is not only a good safety precaution: Florida being a “comparative negligence” State (meaning that liability is apportioned to both parties), failing to wear a helmet may be considered “negligence” by jury deciding an accident case and may cost you a percentage of the total amount that would have otherwise been awarded to you.
If you or a loved one have been injured while riding a bicycle, we urge you to contact a law firm with experience handling these cases. The Palm Beach County Bicycle Accidents Attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have handled many cases involving traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Visit our website to learn more about the firm and call us today for a free consultation.