Miami contains a vast network of biking trails that are used year-round by recreational and long-distance bicyclists alike. Miami also has one of the largest populations who use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. In fact, many of the public transportation commuter buses in Miami are even equipped with bike racks to accommodate bicycle riders as they make their way around town.
Bicycle riding is continuing to increase in the state of Florida as the population swells and the weather remains ideal for the activity. However, it’s not all good news. The average for deaths and injuries from a bicycle accident remains high across the entire state. There are multiple types of accidents you can have while riding your bicycle, and today’s post is going to be focused on the unfortunate increase of early morning cyclists being hit by intoxicated late night motorists on their way home from bars and nightclubs in the Miami area.
Early Morning Bicyclists vs Late Night Clubbers
From a legal perspective, bicycling accidents tend to look very similar to one another over time. There are a handful of situations that tend to cause more bike accidents than others. After decades of representing people in the Miami area who have been involved in accidents while riding their bicycles, it becomes relatively easy to notice an increased pattern in bicyclists being hit by intoxicated motorists returning home after a late night of “clubbing” in the Miami nightlife.
The most common of these types of accidents occur when motorists make a right-hand turn at an intersection or a driveway or busy parking lot. The second most common of these types of motorist-bicyclist accidents is when a car coming from the opposite direction turns left directly in front of the bicyclist. The third to mention is when a cyclist gets rear-ended by a motorist when they are forced into traffic unexpectedly by something such as a door opening.
With the good weather and high percentage of people that use bicycles daily in Miami and the South Florida area, it is no surprise to see it as an area with one of the highest rates of bicycle accidents in the United States. Add the Miami lifestyle and clubbing scene on top of that and you had an unsafe environment. Because of this increased threat of being struck by a motorist in the area in the early morning, it is imperative that all bicyclists stay diligent at being aware of the traffic around them.
Do You Need Legal Representation?
One of the most difficult challenges we face as attorneys is to place a value on the life and well being of someone who has suffered from a tragedy. However, with great resolve, this is a challenge Pennekamp Law has been able to successfully overcome in all of our bicycle accident cases. In addition, all of the clients we have represented have been generously compensated for their losses.
As an example, we recently had a case involving a very tragic bicycle accident where our client was critically injured due to the recklessness and negligent behavior of a commercial delivery truck driver. Our legal team was able to get our client amply compensated for their medical bills, loss of work, all future medical bills, and of course the cost of pain and suffering.
Pennekamp Law specializes in all types of Bicycle Accident cases, so if you have been in any type of accident while riding your bicycle in the Miami or South Florida area, call or text us today at 305-860-4445, or email us at [email protected] to set up your free consultation so we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and expenses.