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Bicycle Accidents, pedestrian accidents and more

Dolman Law Group handles bicycle and pedestrian accidents throughout the State of Florida

Bicycle Accidents and You

Bicycle accident injuries are unfortunately all too common in Florida. Each year, several cyclists are seriously injured when motorists fail to share the road safely. Lawsuits involving bicycle accidents involve several unique aspects such as: Accident reconstruction Roadway design as it relates to bicycle riders Bike design and manufacturing issues Florida vehicle laws pertaining to [...]

Bicycle Accidents

There are many bicyclists on the Pacific coast due to the very comfortable climate and the cultural and environmental atmosphere. However, Southern California areas in and around Los Angeles like Venice Beach, the southbay, Malibu, Huntington Beach and the City of Angels are not always places were motor vehicles and bicycle riders share the road "in peace" and this leads to bicycle accidents more often than it should.

Safety Refresher Course for Bicyclists

You've probably heard that once you learn how to ride a bicycle, you never forget. That may be true, but if it has been a few years since you've ridden, you may need a refresher course. Bikes themselves have changed structurally, plus there have been myriad improvements in safety gear and designated bike paths, as [...]

St. Petersburg Bicycle Versus Vehicle Accidents

In Florida, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways[1], and must obey the same traffic laws as the drivers of other vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.

New Port Richey Bicycle Accident Lawyers | Dolman Law Group

The Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan, prepared by The Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of Southern Florida, provides that the 2011 Florida pedestrian fatality rates were nearly double the national average and bicycle fatality rates were nearly triple the national average. Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts reports, Florida had the highest pedestrian fatality rate among all states in 2011, 2.60 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 persons. While the Florida pedestrian fatality rate declined slightly in 2011 compared to 2010, the bicycle fatality rate increased from 0.40 fatalities per 100,000 persons to 0.63.  Further, Florida represented six percent of the U.S. population in 2011 but accounted for 11 percent of all U.S. pedestrian fatalities and 17.4 percent of all U.S. bicycle fatalities [1].

Florida Leads the Nation in Bicycle Deaths

Florida leads all other states in the US for the number of deaths from bicycle crashes due to 12 months of good riding weather & the vast number of cyclists.

How an Attorney Can Help You After a Bicycle Accident?

Following a bicycle accident, an injured victim may not know what to do. Once your injuries are stabilized, it is always a good idea to contact a bicycle accident lawyer who can help you in the following ways:

Establishing Negligence in a St. Petersburg Bicycle Accident Case

Thousands of people ride bicycles every day for both recreation and as a way to get from place to place, and Florida’s famously warm climate allows people to ride bicycles through much of the state almost year-round. No reasonable person would take issue with the fact that riding a bicycle is a healthy, cost-efficient, and environmentally friendly way to get from place to place. While these facts are true, it is also true that cyclists put themselves at risk of serious injury every time they take to the road. This is particularly true in areas where cars and bikes are in close proximity, which is often the case in places like St. Petersburg.

The Many Possible Causes of Bicycle Accidents - Dolman Law Group

With year-round warm temperatures and sunny weather, biking season lasts all year in St. Petersburg, Florida. St. Petersburg also boasts a number of bike trails, and the entire State of Florida comprises almost 825 miles of coastline, presenting many opportunities for bikers and cyclists. Most bicycle accidents occur as a result of the negligence of a motor vehicle driver. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under Florida law.
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Clearwater Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists must take precautions

Spring is almost here making it a good time for bicyclists and pedestrians alike to begin to take extra precautions. With the warmer weather of spring, there will be even more bicyclists which, in turn, leads to an increase in vehicle versus bicycle accidents.

Even in a minor collision, the bicyclist is in danger and susceptible to serious harm and injury.

For those who are driving, it is important to know and understand the laws that protect bicyclists:

Clearwater Bicycle Accident Attorney | Bike Injury Lawyers in Florida | Dolman Law Group

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a cyclist caused by a motorists’ negligence, faulty road conditions, or a poorly designed bicycle please contact the personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group for a free consultation and case evaluation. (727) 451-6900

Pedestrian Accidents in Florida Result in Traumatic Injuries - Dolman Law Group

Car accidents can be frightening, and the sounds of a crash can haunt you for months to come. The crunch of metal, the ping of impact, and the shattering of glass will be ingrained in your memory, but it is seldom understood to be a blessing in disguise. From seat belts, airbags, and shatterproof glass to their impact absorbing structure, vehicles are designed to keep you safe from traumatic injuries. Pedestrians, however, are afforded none of these protections, and even a slight impact from a two-ton vehicle may cause traumatic injuries or even death.
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What To Do After a Bicycle Crash - Dolman Law Group

Bicycle accidents can cause severe injuries – some of which will last a lifetime.

Immediately After an Accident
The immediate aftermath of any traffic accident is confusing, chaotic, and overwhelming. By knowing what to do, you can keep control of the situation, ensure your health and recovery, and protect your legal interests, as well.
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Clearwater Bicycle Accident Attorney | Bike Injury Lawyers in Florida | Dolman Law Group

Bicycle accidents are a major public health risk for residents of Florida. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida has the highest rate of bicyclist deaths of any state in the nation. Worse still: while most states have been able to make major reductions in the number of cyclist deaths over the past thirty years, Florida had the second-worst improvement of all fifty states.
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Calculating Damages after a Bicycle Accident - Dolman Law Group

Proving Liability before Proving Damages
For the injured bicyclist to recover damages for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident that was caused by a motor vehicle driver, the injured cyclist must ordinarily prove negligence on the part of the at-fault driver. Specifically, the injured cyclist must prove that the driver breached the duty to act in a reasonably prudent manner under the circumstances and that this breach factually and proximately resulted in the cyclist’s injuries and damages. In some cases, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may simply stipulate to liability—or accept fault for the underlying bicycle accident.
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Saint Petersburg and Pinellas County Injury Law Firm: Know What to Do if Your Child Is Hit on their Bike

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: your child is involved in an accident. Even worse, your child was riding a bicycle when they were struck by a car. What are you supposed to do? After taking a deep breath, follow these steps to help your child recover from their injuries.

Get Medical Treatment

If your child is seriously injured, then you should call emergency services (9-1-1). Try to stabilize your child so that they don’t move around too much, which can only make their injuries worse. For example, any injury to your child’s spine is serious, but your child might be able to recover if the spinal cord itself isn’t damaged. Rolling around on the ground can aggravate a spinal fracture and cause it to become something much worse. If possible, place heavy towels on either side of the neck to keep your child still.