In America, bicyclists were an afterthought at best when our cities were planned and built, and today are they are left to navigate through a hard and unsympathetic world that was not made for them. This is one of the main causes of serious bicycle accidents.
Most automobile and truck drivers do not know that bicyclists have the same right to use our roads as motorized vehicles. Instead, bicyclists are viewed with hostility by many drivers, who look upon bicycle riders as an annoying inconvenience. As long as these attitudes continue, there will continue to be serious bike accidents. In Florida, if you have suffered a serious bike injury, then you need a Jacksonville and Lake City bicycle accident lawyer.
Some drivers will yell at bicycle riders, or make obscene gestures at them as they pass. Some drivers even will drive as closely as possible to a bicycle rider in order to “teach that rider a lesson.” When these things happen, they are a recipe for disaster, and are the cause of many serious bicycle accidents. If you have been involved in a serious bike accident, then the attorneys at Schuler & Lee, P.A. are your skilled and compassionate advocates. We are experienced Florida bicycle accident attorneys.
In discussing serious bicycling accidents, it’s important to separate perception from reality. For many non-cyclists, the perception is that cyclists take their lives in their hands on the streets – that in some sense they are “asking for it” by riding recklessly or by venturing onto the streets in the first place.
In reality, most cyclists are extremely alert when riding on city streets, and cycling accidents are much less common than those involving pedestrians or motor vehicles. This is not to say that cyclists don’t face danger from serious bike injury every day. However, much of the risk of bicycling could be mitigated with public education and more care on the part of pedestrians and motorists, abetted by enforcement and other policies to reduce the amount and aggressiveness of motor vehicle use.
Any cyclist knows that the main risks of serious bicycling accidents come from three sources:
- Reckless, belligerent motorists who do not seem to care that they might be the cause of a serious bicycle injury
- Motorists who are careless and do not seem to know how to act around a bicyclist, which is a recipe for serious bike accidents
- Motorists who are simply not alert enough to see bicyclists.
Cyclists must somehow be alert to these dangers while simultaneously keeping a close eye on the pavement for potholes, metal plates and other ground-level hazards. Even great riding skills are not enough to avoid a serious bicycle injury.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident do not hesitate to contact the bicycle accident attorneys at Schuler & Lee, P.A at (904) 396-1911. The caring staff at our office will see that you are taken care of.