Bicycle Accident Attorney in Clearwater, FL
Proven Lawyers Who Are Avid Cyclists
Victims injured in bicycle accidents caused by the negligence or carelessness
of others can find highly experienced legal representation at Roman &
Gaynor. Our firm's founding lawyers,
Attorney Mark Roman and
Attorney Morgan Gaynor, are both avid cyclists and know first-hand the many dangers and risks
bicyclists face when sharing the Florida roadways with motor vehicles.
Capable of bringing a unique level of insight into bicycle accident cases,
our legal team draws from
nearly five decades of combined experience to hold negligent drivers liable for the damages they cause victims. By
working with our firm, you can obtain the compensation you require and
help increase awareness about the need for drivers to understand the importance
of sharing the road.
What are the Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
Below are common causes of bicycle accidents:
- Vehicles cut off cyclists
- Vehicles pull into traffic without looking
- Vehicles fail to yield at intersections (turning right on red)
- Vehicles run stop signs or red lights
- Cyclists are injured by road hazards and defective roadways
- Cyclists are hit by drunk drivers
- Cyclists are hit by distracted or texting drivers
Unfortunately, even the most seasoned and vigilant cyclists are susceptible
to the negligence of drivers. In many cases, driver's fail to remain
aware of their surroundings and cause bicycle accidents in parking lots,
roadways and, most frequently, in intersections. By highlighting the fact
that drivers failed to uphold their duty to share the road responsibly
and take reasonable measure to ensure the safety of others, our Clearwater
bicycle accident lawyers can recover the physical, emotional, and financial
damages suffered by injured cyclists.
Put Our Cycling Experience to Work
Equipped with a clear understanding of cycling accident dynamics and the
many types of bicycle accidents that occur, Attorney Roman and Attorney
Gaynor provide injured riders with an unmatched level of representation.
Our firm is a sponsor for Gearlink Racing Inc., one of Florida's premier
bicycle racing teams, and a proud supporter of Chainwheel Drive. With
this, we hope to increase awareness about bicycle safety.
We have been involved with the annual Bicycle Bash festivities and have
played a significant role in lobbying government agencies and political
leaders to promote pro-bicycling legislation and devote more resources
to bicycling and pedestrian safety plans. Our presence in the local cycling
community and our passion for bicycling can benefit you and your case
Discuss Your Case with a Pinellas County Bicycle Accident Attorney
Our attorneys are long-time advocates of bicycling as effective transportation,
part of a healthy lifestyle, and a region-wide asset.
We take bicycle accident cases to heart. Motivated by our desire to help you recover full and fair compensation
and to increase awareness about sharing the road, we devote extensive
energy and resources into handling these cases. If you wish to discuss
your case with a member of our legal team, do not hesitate to
contact a Clearwater bicycle accident lawyer from Roman & Gaynor today.
Some Facts About Bicycles and Accidents
- Florida has a bicyclist death rate that is three times higher than the
national average. Florida traffic laws do not give special treatment to
or protect cycling groups. A cycling group is not considered "one
unit" for purposes of traffic stops such as lights and stop signs.
Florida law classifies bicycles as vehicles. This means that even bicyclists
can get DUIs.
- Bicyclists are classified differently depending on where they are riding.
A bicyclist on a sidewalk or crosswalk is a pedestrian, but a bicyclist
on the road is an operator of a vehicle.
- Florida law only requires bicyclists under the age of 16 to wear helmets.
Helmets save lives and should be worn while riding bicyclists, but failure
to do so cannot be used to determine a rider was partially at fault for
- In bicyclist injury or death cases, police reports are not admitted as
evidence. In these types of cases, judges and juries have to make their
own judgment regarding fault based on other evidences.
- National statistics indicate that the average bicyclist killed in accidents
was male riding during the afternoon or evening hours.
- Statistics also show a disproportionately large amount of bicyclist deaths
caused by large and expensive motor vehicles such as freight trucks.
- In the United States, approximately one percent of all urban travel is
done by bicycle and 30 percent of Americans are obese. Compare this to
a country like the Netherlands, where 28 percent of urban travel is by
bike and only 10 percent of the population is considered obese.
If you are a cyclist who has been injured in an accident, or if you've
lost a loved one to a bicycle accident, Roman & Gaynor can help. We
have helped many bicyclists get the medical care, support, compensation
and personal attention they need to rebuild their lives after an accident.
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