How to Select the Right Bicycle Accident Attorney

So, you’ve done all the right things when on your bicycle. You’ve followed all of the safety tips. And someone still managed to hit you while you were riding. No matter what the cause of your accident, you’re hurt. And you’re wondering what you need to do next. Hiring an experienced attorney should be right at the top of your list. A skilled legal representative will provide you with the best chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve. This will be an incredibly important decision. So make sure you give it your full attention. Don’t just hire someone because you liked their TV commercial. Or because they popped up on the first page of your Google search. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be more likely to win your case. It just means they’re good at marketing themselves. The bicycle accident attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm have what it takes to help you achieve a favorable outcome in your case. We know how difficult it can be to find the best attorney. So we’d like to share some tips to help make the process as easy as possible. If you would like to schedule a free case review to learn more about what we may be able...

Who pays for my damages if I’m injured while biking?

If you’re an avid bike rider, you probably do everything you can to stay as safe on the road as possible. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you can’t control the actions of others – including the drivers of motor vehicles. When they make a mistake and hit a bike, the injuries suffered by the rider can be devastating. The Eberst Law Firm will be ready to help if you or a loved one has suffered an injury after being struck by a negligent motorist. We know how to collect the evidence it takes to make our clients’ cases as strong as possible, and we also have a track record of success helping our clients obtain the money they deserve. Learn more about what we may be able to do for you by calling 888-CALL-JON or contacting us online for a free case review. There are quite a few ways you may be able to get that compensation. Here’s a look at just some of your options. You Receive Compensation from Your Own Personal Injury Protection Policy If you have car insurance, then you have PIP (personal injury protection). PIP may help pay some of your expenses if you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident. Florida law states that...

Do Bicycle Helmets Prevent Head and Brain Injuries?

[caption id="attachment_2793" align="alignnone" width="900"] Close-up cropped shot of bicycle helmet hanging on handlebars of bike standing in city street summer day, on blurry background of urban building. Unrecognizable cyclist sitting on seat of bike.[/caption] Bicycle helmets are a must for all riders, no matter what their age may be. While they won’t ensure that you won’t suffer an injury if you’re ever involved in an accident, the fact is that they will definitely help reduce the chances you’ll be severely hurt. Quite simply put, they could very well make the difference between living a normal life and having to endure a lifetime of debilitation – or even worse. There are a lot of different reasons why bicycle accidents occur. In many instances, bicyclists are hurt due to the negligence of the driver of a car, or someone else. If you have been hurt in a bicycle wreck that was not your fault, you may be able to obtain compensation. The Eberst Law Firm is staffed with attorneys who know how to help accident victims get the money they deserve. We may be able to do the same for you. Schedule a free consultation by giving us a call at 888-CALL-JON or contacting us online. The following...

8 Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Florida

Most of the time, when a car collides with a bicycle, it’s the motorist’s fault, not the cyclist’s. The unfortunate fact is that many cyclists are struck and severely injured every year due to negligent drivers. Tragically, far too many innocent cyclists are killed in these kinds of accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or been killed as the result of the negligent actions of a vehicle driver, The Eberst Law Firm may be able to help you obtain compensation. Please give us a call at 888-CALL-JON or contact us online for a free review of your case. While there are many different reasons cars hit bicycles, a lot of accidents occur for eight specific reasons. Here is a brief look at each. Common Bicycle Accident Causes 1. Speeding A lot of drivers feel that bicyclists are nuisances, and will do whatever they can to get around them whenever possible. In many instances, this means a motorist will try to speed up to get around a cyclist. By trying to shave a couple of minutes off of a trip, a driver chooses to put a bike rider in severe jeopardy. 2. Distracted Driving It seems none of us can escape technology – even when...

Best Bicycle Trails in Florida

If you’re a cyclist in Florida, it’s normal to be worried about bicycle safety. After all, Florida is ranked as the most dangerous state for cyclists. Biking on busy roads can be dangerous, resulting in accidents and injuries. While some trails may intersect with traffic, they tend to be much safer than commuting. So, if you’re looking for a trail to ride on the weekend for leisure, exercise, or even travel, here are some of our favorite trails in all of Florida. South Florida Bike Trails If you’re located in South Florida, there are many beautiful bike trails for you to enjoy. From Shark Valley Loop to Old Cutler Trail, you’re bound to find one that you love. Shark Valley Loop Shark Valley Loop is a beautiful trail that goes through the Everglades. This trail is 15-miles long and paved. It doesn’t go through traffic, and it’s about 20 feet wide throughout the whole loop. This is a great option for both tourists and locals, as the view is fantastic and the ride is smooth. The Lake Trail The Lake Trail is located in Palm Beach and is 5 miles long. For the duration of the trail, you’ll ride between beautiful waters and...

The Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents Involving Motor Vehicles

When a bicycle collides with a motor vehicle, the damages can be devastating. In fact, there were 868 bicycle accident deaths that occurred in 2018, most of whom were adults. Accidents that don’t cause death can cause severe, life-changing injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, internal injuries, and more. Even minor injuries can be life-changing, requiring long-term physical therapy. Bicycle accidents are also most commonly caused by motor vehicle driver negligence, and not because of the fault of the cyclist, which you’ll see reflected below. 1. Distracted Driving Distracted driving is the number one cause of all types of collisions, including bicycle accidents. When we think about distractions, we often think about texting or talking on the phone, but those aren’t the only distractions that can cause an accident to occur. Any act that takes one’s mind, eyes, or ears off the road is a distraction, such as eating, applying makeup, using social media, or talking to someone in the back seat. Drivers may see these tasks as harmless, but they aren’t; they’re negligent. 2. Drivers Not Giving Cyclists Enough Space When a driver doesn’t leave a safe distance between their vehicle and a cyclist, they are much more likely to...

The Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents Involving Motor Vehicles

When a bicycle collides with a motor vehicle, the damages can be devastating. In fact, there were 868 bicycle accident deaths that occurred in 2018, most of whom were adults. Accidents that don’t cause death can cause severe, life-changing injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, internal injuries, and more. Even minor injuries can be life-changing, requiring long-term physical therapy. Bicycle accidents are also most commonly caused by motor vehicle driver negligence, and not because of the fault of the cyclist, which you’ll see reflected below. 1. Distracted Driving Distracted driving is the number one cause of all types of collisions, including bicycle accidents. When we think about distractions, we often think about texting or talking on the phone, but those aren’t the only distractions that can cause an accident to occur. Any act that takes one’s mind, eyes, or ears off the road is a distraction, such as eating, applying makeup, using social media, or talking to someone in the back seat. Drivers may see these tasks as harmless, but they aren’t; they’re negligent. 2. Drivers Not Giving Cyclists Enough Space When a driver doesn’t leave a safe distance between their vehicle and a cyclist, they are much more likely to...

Child Bicycle Safety Tips: Beware of These Dangers Your Kids Face on the Road

Your child being injured while riding their bike is every parent’s worst nightmare. Follow these tips to keep them safe. How common are child bicycle accidents? Each year, approximately 100 children are killed, and 254,000 are injured due to bicycle-related accidents. Bicycle accidents among children have gone down over the past ten years, while accidents amongst adults are growing in commonality. However, while accidents involving children are decreasing, you should still do your best to keep your children safe and informed regarding road hazards and potentially dangerous situations. Safety Tips to Keep Your Children Safe While Riding Their Bikes As a parent, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your child is safe while riding their bike. You can equip them with the tools and the knowledge to ensure that they are safe while riding in any area. Bicycle safety is important and can prevent an accident from occurring. The following safety tips will help to keep your child safe while they’re riding their bicycle. Make sure your children wear helmets every time they use their bike, even if they’ll only ride for a short amount of time. Make sure their bicycle helmet fits them properly and that they wear helmets correctly. Don’t wear helmets under your...

9 Best Ways to Stay Safe While Cycling

Bicyclists are at an Increased Risk of Injury due to a Collision with a Car Bicycles don’t have the same safety features in place that cars do. Cars have the ability to monitor blind spots, see what’s behind them, and even keep the driver from drifting between lanes. To ensure safe bicycling, the rider has to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Even worse, when cyclists are hit, they often suffer from worse injuries than those in car accidents simply because of the lack of protection bicycles offer. Motor vehicle drivers are often much more concerned with looking out for other vehicles that they may miss bicyclists and motorcyclists, especially if they’re driving dangerously. In 2019, there were 843 bicyclists killed because of crashes with motor vehicles. Florida is the most dangerous place for cyclists, with 5.7 average annual deaths per million residents, a large difference from the second-place state Louisiana, at 3.8. Top Bike Safety Tips for Florida Bicyclists When riding a bicycle, you should always keep these safety tips in mind. If you are the parent of a child who wants to start riding their bike in busier areas or even just around the neighborhood, make sure they’re following...

How to Handle Being Involved in a Car Accident During Coronavirus Pandemic

[caption id="attachment_2991" align="alignnone" width="900"] health protection, safety and pandemic concept - male taxi driver wearing face protective medical mask driving car with passenger[/caption] The “normal anxieties” that bombard people when being involved in an auto accident have now been overshadowed by worries from the dreadful coronavirus; for this reason, it is vital to educate yourself about how to handle being involved in an auto accident during this worrisome time so that you can hopefully avoid worrying about contracting this virus and can instead focus your attention on receiving treatment for your injuries. How is Coronavirus changing America’s roadways? At The Eberst Law Firm we have noticed that throughout this pandemic less people have driving on our roadways, but we know that with recent loosening restrictions, many people will be ready to venture into the world and seek out long-awaited shopping, entertainment, dining, and more at full force.  Of note is that throughout this pandemic, bicycle accidents have increased so it is important to protect oneself as a cyclist as well.  Please read our article, “Biking Accidents Increasing Due to Coronavirus” to read more about this. Also of importance is that even though less people are on America’s roadways, more traumatic...

Car Accidents Decreasing, but Biking Accidents Increasing due to Coronavirus

Eerie photos that show the formerly bustling New York City’s popular sites such as Times Square and Wall Street with hardly a soul in sight have been circulating the internet this Spring of 2020 as the city has enforced lockdowns due to COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. Even smaller cities, like those on the Treasure Coast of Florida, have been transformed from previously busy highways, town roads, and downtown areas into ghost towns without hardly any cars on the road. These lockdowns, government mandated forms of social distancing, and a general fear of catching coronavirus, are the main reasons why people aren’t traveling America’s roadways as much. However, despite the drop in traffic from motor vehicles, the overall stir-crazy that has resulted from these quarantines has pushed people to get out of their house any way they can. This has led to a steep increase in pedestrians and bicyclists. Coronavirus Leading to Less Auto Accidents, but Possibly more Traumatic Crashes Traffic accidents have decreased tremendously since the coronavirus outbreak due to the near complete shutdown of cities, according to news sources Quartz. The Washington Post recently reported that the usual rush hour traffic congestion has nearly disappeared in many cities since the coronavirus outbreak in the United...

Accidents Involving Bicycle Rentals or Bike Shares in Florida

Bike sharing has changed the way both locals and tourists zip around their cities. The way this service typically works is users borrow a bike from one of many docking stations around the city. They have the option to return it to any station where an empty spot is available. Other systems are dockless, allowing riders to lock and unlock bikes via smartphone apps. There are multiple companies operating in Florida in the bike sharing space. Some of these companies have a widespread presence in various states across the country while others only offer rentals regionally and locally. Lime is a major national company in this space. Currently, Lime operates in four major Florida cities: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Orlando. The company has fleets of electric bikes that are partially battery-powered as well as electric scooters. Jump is a subsidiary of Uber, the largest ride-sharing company in the world. Miami and Tampa are two of the cities where Jump currently rents out electric scooters and electric bikes. Hopr, formerly known as Juice, operates in Orlando, Miami, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. They operate a fleet of manual bikes with plans to introduce e-bikes eventually. Safety Issues with Bike Sharing In recent years, there has been an...