If you or a loved one sustained serious or fatal injuries in a bike accident, you should speak with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer right away. Attorney Juana Maria Rojas has the skill, compassion, and resolve necessary to help you prove your case and pursue the compensation you need. Attorney Rojas will give you an honest assessment of your case, as she personally meets with all clients and evaluates all cases. The consultation is free and without any type of obligation. Call today at 813-879-2223.
I am attorney Juana Maria Rojas. When I started law school at the University of Utah College of Law, I had to sell my car to pay for school. So, I was left with a bicycle to get around and loved it. I rode up and down canyons, completed Century rides and entered road races and triathalons. I rode about 30 miles a day even when after I finally purchased a car. I moved to Tampa in 1991 and thought with year-round perfect weather and lack of hills, I would be able to safely ride all over the place. Was I wrong!
I was nearly killed a couple of times, and also ended up representing several people struck by cars while on bicycles. And according to the Wall Street Journal, the Tampa Bay area has the highest bicycle fatality rate of any metro region in the United States.
Florida Statute Protections
Florida Statute Section 316.130(15) offers strong protection to both pedestrians and those using a non-motorized vehicle such a skate board or a bicycle. The law states that “every driver… shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human powered vehicle.”
I have successfully used that statute many times to establish liability on the part of a driver. In addition to having more than 30 years of legal experience, I know what it is like to ride a bicycle. If you or someone in your household was struck by a motor vehicle and injured while riding a bicycle, call me at 813-879-2223. Even if the crash occurred months ago and you are simply not happy with your current representation, call me. I will give you an honest assessment of your case. I personally meet with all my clients and evaluate all cases. The consultation is free and without any type of obligation.
Why Do Tampa Bicycle Accidents Occur?
Though bicycle accidents can occur for any number of reasons, Tampa’s situation is uniquely dangerous. This is due in part to roadways that are not bicycle friendly, aggressive drivers, and the fact that bicycles are less common mode of transportation in the Tampa area. Typical causes of bike accidents include:
- Failure of drivers at intersection to obey right-of-way laws
- Failure of motorists, bicyclists, or both to pay attention while merging
- A motorist opening the door of a parked vehicle directly in the path of an oncoming bike
- Driving in a designated bike lane
- Pulling out in front of an oncoming bicyclist
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
What Can You Do After An Accident?
If you are reading this, it is likely because you or a loved one was already injured in a bike accident. If that’s the case, there are several steps you can take to ensure a full and fair financial recovery.
Please note that bicycle accidents in Florida are covered by PIP on your automobile insurance. If you do not own a car, and no one n your household owns a car, you are covered for PIP by the insurance for the car which struck you. In addition, you must obtain your “emergency medical condition” statement within 14 days of the accident date or lose PIP benefits. It can get a little complicated, and I recommend that you see an attorney as soon as possible so you can learn what your rights are.
The Rojas Law Firm can perform an in-depth investigation, gather the necessary evidence, and obtain the at fault person’s insurance limits within 48 hours.
Why Work With Rojas Law Group?
In addition to possessing the skill and knowledge necessary to build a strong case on your behalf, Bicycle Injury Attorney Juana Maria Rojas and her team provide several benefits that our competitors do not:
- Each member of our team is fluent in both Spanish and English. When you work with Rojas Law Group, language barriers are non-existent.
- Hands-on, personal service. We understand you are under a lot of stress. We do everything we can to ease your burden and make the process as smooth as possible.
- Tampa Local. Attorney Rojas lives and works in Tampa. When you choose us, you will work with a team that is active in the community and genuinely cares about the people who live here.