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Board Certified Trial Attorneys Helping You & Your Family Find Justice

Bicycle Accident Attorney in Clearwater, FL

Proven Lawyers Who Are Avid Cyclists

BicyclistVictims 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 over six 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?

Unfortunately, even the most seasoned and vigilant cyclists are susceptible to the negligence of drivers. In many cases, drivers fail to remain aware of their surroundings and cause bicycle accidents in parking lots, roadways and, most frequently, in intersections.

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

Share The RoadBy highlighting the fact that drivers fail 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.

GearLink Racing TeamOur 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 Clearwater Bicycle Accident Attorney

The attorneys at Roman & Gaynor are long-time advocates of bicycling as effective transportation, part of a healthy lifestyle, and a region-wide asset.

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 Accidents in Florida

  • 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 evidence.
  • 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.

Who Is At Fault for a Bicycle Accident?

Every bicycle accident looks a little different – and any party can share in fault for the collision. However, many motorists don’t realize that Florida bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities. This means vehicle drivers who fail to treat bicyclists with appropriate care may be held liable for injuries.

There are also some special considerations in place for bicyclists to account for their unique needs. For example, under the Florida Statutes, cyclists are allowed to ride “as close as practicable” to the right-hand curb or the edge of the roadway when there is no bike lane. If a driver fails to give enough room or attempts to pass a bicyclist in this situation, the driver would likely share more of the fault.

What Special Rules Do Bicyclists Have to Follow?

In addition to obeying all traffic laws and signals, bicyclists must observe the following laws:

  • Bicycles must have a fixed, regular seat.
  • Bicycles may only seat the maximum number of riders for which they were designed.
  • Bicyclists may not use earbuds, headsets, or other audio equipment on a bike (unless it is a hearing aid.)
  • Bicyclists must keep one hand on the handlebars at all times.
  • Parents and guardians are responsible for their minor children who ride bicycles.
  • Bicycles must have brakes that can stop within 25 feet on dry and level ground.
  • Bicyclists must stay within a single lane if riding two abreast.

Is It Legal to Ride a Bike on a Sidewalk?

Bicycles are legally allowed to ride on the road, but some cyclists may prefer using sidewalks due to safety concerns. It is perfectly legal for a bicyclist to ride on the sidewalk; however, they must always yield their right-of-way to pedestrians and provide audible signals when passing them.

Bicycle Accident Resources

We Have Recovered Over $95 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $572,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision

    In 2017, a middle-aged man was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed on the highway. He sustained head, neck and back injuries but did not get any surgeries. We were able to obtain a tender of the policy limits of the at-fault driver but had to file a lawsuit for the underinsured motorist coverage. Seven months later, in 2019, we reached a settlement. We were able to recover a total of $572,000 for this client and his family from the insurance carriers to help them move forward.

  • $550,000.00 $550,000 Recovery for our Client

    A phantom vehicle made a left turn in the direct path of our client’s path of traveling causing him to take evasive action, causing him to strike a concrete utility pole. The force of the impact caused both airbags to deploy and the car engine came through the firewall and into our client’s dashboard and legs. Our client sustained serious lower extremity injuries, neck, and back injuries necessitating hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. Because the at fault driver fled the scene of the accident, we presented 2 uninsured motorists claims to our client’s uninsured motorist carriers. Demand for tender of the first uninsured motorist policy in the amount of $250,000 was made by our firm and was paid promptly. Second demand for the second Underinsured Motorist policy in the amount of $300,000 was made by our firm. This second insurance carrier denied coverage, based upon a UM rejection form signed by our client. Our firm determined that the UM selection form was fraudulently signed by our client’s car insurance agent. Our firm then filed a Civil Remedy Notice asserting fraud, and the insurance carrier promptly paid its $300,000 UM policy limit within the 60 day time period provided under the Civil Remedy Notice. This resulted in a total recovery of $550,000.00 for our client. A total victory for our client! Not all law firms check the validity of client signatures on UM selection forms. Our clients can be assured of this attention to detail for each and every case.

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  • “You all made me feel like family. I appreciate all your help.”

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  • “At Roman and Gaynor it is not just about winning your case, it is also about making sure that you are taken care of physically and emotionally.”

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  • “Coming away from our first meeting, I knew that all would be well and that I was in good hands.”

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  • “I feel the staff and handling of my case was impressive and extremely professional.”

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  • “We truly want to thank you for not only representing us but all of your help, guidance and friendship.”

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  • “At a very low point in my life, Roman & Gaynor was very professional, protective, and patient with me. I appreciate and needed that.”

    Paula S.

A Firm That Stands Out

  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $95 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • 24 Hour Availability
  • Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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