A sixty year old Broward business executive who used to work out by riding his bicycle everyday, was moving with the flow of traffic when a driver backing her car out of her driveway suddenly struck him because she was not properly looking back and failed to yield. The victim has retained Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, to represent him in this traffic accident case. He was taken to Broward General Hospital’s emergency room with multiple traumas: a closed head injury, a fractured jaw, a derangement of the left knee and other back and neck injuries. After being admitted to the hospital he was operated on under general anesthesia, resulting in the insertion of plates and wires. Thankfully, he had a bicycle helmet on at the time of the accident.
Theses Accidents Happen Very Often and Many Times Result in Fatalities
Regrettably, accidents between cars and cyclists of all ages happen frequently and since riders are completely unprotected in a bicycle, they often result in fatalities. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in their latest available report , 512 people were killed in bicycle accidents between 2000 and 2004. This report also shows that 23,842 people were injured in this kind of accidents during those years.
More recently a man riding his bicycle was killed in Broward when a car hit him.
Failure to Use a Bicycle Approved Helmet May Affect Your Monetary Recovery Efforts in Court
This report also shows, that a helmet helps. Additionally, failing to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle may affect your financial recovery efforts in court because Florida is a “comparative negligence” State. This means that our courts apportion liability to each party depending on their percentage of negligence and, therefore, the jury deciding your case may find that you were “negligent” because you were not wearing a helmet and it may end up costing you a percentage of the award.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Bicycle Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano has throughout the years represented many clients involved in traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Visit our website to learn more about us and contact us today for a free consultation.