Unfortunately, people living in Florida are much more likely to need a Tampa bicycle accident attorney than people who live in other states. According to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (better known as the CDC), Florida has the highest rate of bicycling deaths in the entire United States.
If someone dies in a Tampa bicycle accident, their loved ones can sue the insurance company and/or the guilty party for their pain and suffering. If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you still have the same rights — but you must take certain steps to protect them.
First, never admit fault in any way. It’s a common reflex to apologize when accidentally bumping into someone in a grocery store, and all too often this reflex transfers to bicycle or auto accidents. The insurance companies can and will use anything against you — even when it’s blatantly obvious you are the victim.
Even An Ounce Of Prevention Might Save Your Life Or Someone Else’s Life
Despite state and federal studies as well as investigative reports from daily newspapers such as USnews, we do not know exactly why Florida has such a high rate of fatal bicycle accidents. However, both drivers of automobiles and operators of bicycles can take steps to prevent accidents, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
Safety Tips For Cyclists In Tampa
The success of any legal matter depends on the unique circumstances of each case, therefore, we cannot guarantee particular results for future clients.
Bicycle-Related Safety Tips For Florida Drivers Operating Motor Vehicles
What To Do After A Florida Bike Accident
Despite your good intentions, the worst has happened. You have been injured or a loved one (i.e. spouse, child, parent, etc.) has died and you need a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer.
Whether you were physically injured in a bicycle or emotionally suffering due to the death of a loved one in a Tampa bicycle accident, it is important to not speak to any other parties about the situation — especially insurance companies.
Of course, you should speak with doctors — especially if you are being treated for injuries sustained in an accident. If you are also upset about the situation or are the survivor of someone who has died in a bike-related accident, then you should also speak to a therapist and/or minister for comfort or more formal counseling.
However, be careful about saying things to your friends or colleagues. Also, be especially prudent about what you post on social media. Too many cases have been lost due to someone’s careless comments to a “friend” or a thoughtless Facebook post.
For example, let’s consider that you are suing ABC Insurance Company because John Doe’s drunken driving wrecked your bike and injured your back. A psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, and two of your church’s ministers agree you have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as a direct result of the accident.
However, your friends drag you out to a bar one night to lift your spirits. Pictures of you smiling and perhaps even drinking land all over Facebook and Instagram. Your lawyer tells the insurance company you are in great physical and emotional pain as a direct result of their client’s actions. The insurance company disagrees and takes the case to trial. On the day of the trial, the insurance company’s lawyers pull out pages of Facebook and Instagram posts. They also have a deposition from a “friend” of yours saying you seemed just fine a few days after the accident. You naturally lose your case.
So, speak only to your bicycle accident lawyer, those professionals treating you, and trusted family members. This advice also applies if you are the survivor of someone who unfairly died in a Tampa bicycle accident.
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How Denmon Pearlman Can Help You
Denmon Pearlman is a renowned law firm and can provide you with a highly experienced Tampa bicycle accident attorney. We handle everything in your case, including getting the myriad paperwork and other logistics in order (i.e. medical records, witness statements, accident reconstruction, hiring third-party experts, and communicating with the insurance company) — without any initial charges. We only receive compensation when you do.
Your first step to securing the services of a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer & request a free consultation. Our bicycle accident lawyers have experienced winning cases against the city government, big businesses, and major insurance companies.
We will try our best to settle your case without a trial. However, we are not afraid to go to trial to fight for your rights when necessary and have secured plenty of awards for our clients in court.
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