Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. ~John F. Kennedy
People love to ride bicycles to preserve the environment, improve health and fitness, saving gas expense, and to feel the freedom to move about simply and efficiently. Favorable climate and terrain in Florida makes cycling extremely popular. But with its popularity comes cycling accidents and human injury. Sometimes, cyclists who are riding for their health and well-being end up with exactly the opposite result they intended. Too frequently cyclists become injured or disabled due to the unsafe driving of others.
Florida leads all states in cycling related accidents and injuries. According to statistics of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida had the highest number of cycling fatalities in the nation for 2004 and 2005. According to the Florida Traffic Crash Statistics for 2006, there were 4,611 crashes involving a bicycle in that year with 4,227 bicyclists injured. Many cyclists feel strongly that law enforcement does not protect them adequately in Florida. Even though Florida law gives cyclists the legal right to “share the road” with vehicles and even provides them with certain special protections, many cyclists feel law enforcement merely considers them as “second class”. Cyclists often feel they are blamed for the occurrence of accidents merely because they are riding on the road. Many police officers seem to believe bicycles should be confined only to designated parks or trails.
At Terrell Hogan, we are committed to protecting the rights of cyclists, and preserving and promoting their right to use roads safely and without risking life and limb. Further, our firm is dedicated to securing fair compensation for cyclists when they have been injured or victimized while cycling. As a cyclist, you deserve an attorney who shares your love and enthusiasm for bicycles, and who has expertise on how to advance and protect your legal interests as a cyclist. This is our commitment to you.