St. Petersburg Bicycle Accident Attorneys
According to The Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida bicycle fatality rates in Florida were almost triple the national average in 2011. We understand that being involved in a bicycle accident can be a very traumatic experience and can cause serious personal injuries. Growney, McKeown & Barber, P.A. has provided compassionate representation for bicycle accident victims and their families in St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay area, and throughout the State of Florida for more than 25 years. We are persistent and aggressive advocates for our clients who were riding bicycles and injured by third parties. Our firm provides the help you require and a level of comfort not typically found at larger firms.
We understand the difficulties bicycle accident victims face. We help ensure that you receive proper medical treatment and that your bills are paid. We vigorously work to obtain full compensation for your injuries and property damage to your bicycle, including:
- Damages in wrongful death cases
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Any other damages allowed by law
If you have been riding a bicycle and involved in a traffic accident, we can help you understand your rights.
The following information may be helpful if you have been involved in a bicycle accident.
Florida law requires drivers to stop and exchange information at the accident scene. If the driver of the vehicle fails to stop, try to note their license plate number & description of their vehicle before they leave the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident can be a criminal offense.
2. CALL THE POLICE
Cooperate fully with law enforcement officers.
3. OBTAIN MEDICAL ATTENTION WHEN NECESSARY
Cooperate with emergency medical personnel and go to the hospital in an ambulance if you are injured. Injuries are not always felt immediately. You may experience pain or stiffness hours or days after an accident. When speaking with a doctor be sure to discuss all of your injuries. If you own a motor vehicle, your PIP benefits will apply although you are riding a bicycle at the time of the accident. If you do not own a motor vehicle, the at-fault driver’s PIP benefits may be available. Under Florida law, you must seek medical attention within 14 days of the accident for full PIP benefits to be available. If you have any observable injuries, be sure to photograph those injuries.
4. EXCHANGE INFORMATION
Obtain important information about the accident. Do not comment or make statements to the driver of the vehicle or witnesses about the cause of the accident. Speak only with the police officer about the facts of the accident. Information you should obtain about the accident include:
- Name, address, and driver’s license number of the person driving the vehicle
- The VIN number, Tag number, make model and year of the vehicle
- The other driver’s insurance company and policy number
- The names, addresses and phone numbers of any passengers in the vehicle
- Any statements made by the driver about the accident
- The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses to the accident
- Information about the accident including but not limited to the date and time, location, points of impact, speed of the cars, and whether the airbags engaged on the vehicle
- The name and agency of the police officer investigating the accident as well as his crash report number
5. DOCUMENT THE SCENE
Take photographs using a cell phone or disposable camera of the accident scene, your bicycle, and all involved vehicles, if possible, before they are moved.
6. INSURANCE INFORMATION
Wait to make statements to the driver’s insurance company until you have consulted with an attorney.
7. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Consult with an attorney regarding your rights and the steps you should take to protect those rights.
8. SOCIAL MEDIA
Consult with an attorney before posting about the accident on any social media platform.
Our office offers a free guide of “What to do in case of an Accident.” We invite you to stop by our office, meet our attorneys, and pick up a copy of the guide.
Our St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers keep you informed throughout every step of your case, ensuring you can make informed decisions. We are always available to answer questions and discuss your concerns. We provide a free consultation and there are no fees or costs to you unless we can make a recovery on your behalf.