Bicycle Accidents in Melbourne By Steve Charpentier on August 07, 2020

Woman cycling in the parkStatistics show that car accidents in Florida have decreased recently, most likely due to reduced traffic stemming from the COVID pandemic. However, as car accidents have gone down, bicycle purchases have gone up, and bike accidents should be a real concern for any cyclist.

Because of the many popular biking areas, bicycle accidents in Melbourne are very common. Any bicycle accident can result in catastrophic personal injuries and costly financial losses. When individuals from Melbourne, FL, Cocoa, FL, Titusville, FL or surrounding areas have been injured in a bicycle accident, they can work with the bike accident attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm to hold liable parties accountable for resulting damages.

Popular Cycling Areas

Florida is a popular place for many outdoor activities, including bicycling. Melbourne in particular has many areas that are well-liked among bicyclists. Some of the most popular areas for cycling include:

  • Rockledge Drive
  • South Tropical Trail
  • Indian River Drive

While these are beautiful areas to enjoy the fresh air, take in the scenery, and get some exercise, cyclists should be aware that bike accidents are always a risk. Areas like these, where bicycling is such a common activity, can be even more dangerous because they tend to get crowded with bicyclists, pedestrians, and even motorcyclists.

Many of these areas also lack specified bike lanes. Instead, cyclists share a two lane road with motorcycles, cars, and other vehicles. A lot of the biking areas also have minimal sidewalks, so pedestrians may walk in the road as well. Unfortunately, all of these factors, combined with the fact that many drivers fail to adhere to the posted speed limit, increase the risk of an accident even further.

Minimizing the Risk of a Bicycle Accident

Like a motorcycle, bicycles fail to provide any type of protection to shield a cyclist from the impact of an accident. Since these types of accidents can cause such severe damage, it is especially important that riders take precautions to minimize the risk of a bike accident. Cyclists should follow these safety tips:

  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Adhere to posted traffic lights and signs
  • Use proper hand signals 
  • Ride with traffic, rather than against it
  • Stay as far to the right of the road as possible
  • Use battery-operated tail lights to increase the bike’s visibility

Even with these precautions, bike accidents can happen. However, by following all laws and safety protocols, bicyclists can at least avoid being held liable if an accident does occur.

Compensation for Accident Damages

Whoever is found liable for a bike accident should be held accountable for resulting losses. The bike accident attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm can help clients collect compensation for the full extent of their losses. Depending on the details of their accident, and the types of damages that occur, victims may be due financial compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Cost of ongoing and/or future medical treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of wage-earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

Reach out to Our Attorneys

If you have been injured in a bike accident, the attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm can help you explore your potential right to financial compensation. To discuss the details of your accident with our legal team, call our law office at (321) 308-8020, or send us a message at your earliest convenience.

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