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

Clearwater bicycle accident attorney

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 immensely.

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 their injuries.
  • 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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