The popularity of biking in Florida has skyrocketed in recent years, with more people choosing to enjoy this pleasant form of exercise by peddling to work. However, bicyclists are in a constant battle with motorists who do not believe in sharing the road. As a bicyclist, you have likely encountered numerous close calls such that you are well aware that you are at high risk of inevitably being hit.
If you were hit by a car, you may have no idea what to do next. Does your insurance cover you? What if the driver fled? How can you recover the damages to which you are entitled? Searcy Denney is a leader in bicycle accident injury recovery in South Florida. Our dedicated abogados accidentes de trafico en West Palm Beach have four decades of experience helping bikers through the challenging aftermath of a traffic collision in the Palm Beach, Martin, or Broward county area, as well as other parts of South Florida, and can help you today.
Florida is a no-fault state, which means you are covered in an auto accident regardless of who is to blame, up to the limit of your personal injury protection (PIP) policy. All drivers must have PIP that covers at least $10,000 in personal injury and $10,000 in property damages, but drivers may purchase higher coverage. PIP covers you if you are the driver, a passenger in another person’s car, a pedestrian or a bicyclist involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
PIP allows you to obtain immediate medical care after your crash. But, you may have access to greater levels of insurance coverage that exceed your PIP policy limit. For example, you can recover from the at-fault driver’s bodily injury liability (BIL) insurance. If the driver fled the accident, you may also recover from your uninsured motorist policy, or if your PIP falls short of paying your medical bills and lost wages, you may be able to collect from your underinsured motorist policy.
Injuries on a Bike or While in a Vehicle
A motor vehicle offers its passengers numerous protections from accident injuries. Safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, anti-collision sensors and backup cameras all help to avoid crashes. A crush-proof auto body, seat belt restraints and airbags can also substantially reduce injuries when a crash occurs.
However, when riding a bike, you are much more vulnerable to accidents and a greater level of injuries. The chances of you coming out of a collision with a motorist unscathed are minimal. Even a light tap by an automobile can be deadly. These factors explain why an incredible 2.2 percent of all traffic fatalities are bicyclists.
Contact Our Abogados Accidentes de Trafico en West Palm Beach If You’ve Been in a Hit-and-Run
Hit-and-run accidents have reached an all-time high, with Florida topping the list of hit-and-run death rates. Pedestrians and bicyclists account for 65 percent of hit-and-run victims. The reasons for this high number of fatalities include the increase in bicycle commuters, the potential for severe damages and the ease of fleeing a crash with a bicyclist compared to a motorist. Those who flee might be drunk, uninsured or unlicensed, and therefore may attempt to avoid criminal consequences.
What Should You Do After a Bike Wreck? Call Searcy Denney
Searcy Denney is available now to help you recover for your bicycle accident injuries in the Palm Beach, Martin, or Broward county area, as well as other parts of South Florida. Call our South Florida personal injury firm at 800-780-8607 to schedule a free appointment with our abogados accidentes de trafico en West Palm Beach. We handle your bicycle crash claim on contingency, so you do not owe attorneys’ fees until we recover.