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The Wonders of Bicycle Riding

Ormond Beach Bicycle Accident Attorney

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Everyone imagines their own perfect day. When you live in Ormond Beach that perfect day will typically involve a trip to the beach. Why not make it a real adventure and bicycle there instead of taking a car? Spend the entire day being active and outside instead of stuck in traffic waiting for the light to turn and hoping you make it before it goes back to red. Not to mention it is great for your health both physically and mentally. You build up the leg muscles and get plenty of fresh air and sunlight. On top of all that, you also get to see things you never see when you are in a car. You fly down the road at 40 mph, eyes forward as you navigate the other cars around you. When you are on a bicycle though you have time to take in the scenery. Really get a chance to appreciate the beauty that Ormond Beach has to offer.

Don’t get too caught up in it all though. You have dangers to look out for as well. While bicycles are a ton of fun and a great way to stay fit they also come with their own risks. Being so small and light they don’t offer much protection in the case of an accident. In any form of an accident, you can be easily thrown, especially one that includes a motorist vehicle. The same can be true if you just hit a big enough bump or hole. Though typically those don’t tend to give you more than a few scrapes and bruises. It is the vehicle-related accidents that we are more worried about, and you should be too!

Some roads in the Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach area can be especially dangerous for bicyclists and even vehicles in general. Seabreeze is known for being an area high in accidents and collisions. You can’t avoid every dangerous road, or you will never get where you are going. The best you can do is be attentive and be safe while bicycling down to the beach, and the best way to be safe is to remember the laws of the road. Mainly knowing what side of the road to ride on, and where you can be easily seen day or night. Remember, just like driving a motorized vehicle, you should not be on your phone. Especially don’t use your phone or device with headphones as audible cues can be fundamental to your safety. You will hear a vehicle coming up behind you before you will see one. Even if you have mirrors on your bicycle, the sound of a running motor can reach you first.

Vibrant colors are always useful on a bike as well. Ever see a group of bicycle riders with bright blues, greens, pinks and so on? Did you notice them rather easily didn’t you? That is the main point of the colors, to make them stick out to motorists. Wearing darker colors or your typical camouflage makes you a lot harder to spot and more likely to get accidentally hit by a motorist. In fact, not making yourself visible might get the motorist off the hook. There is a documented case where a bicycle rider was struck by a vehicle at night, and the ruling was that since the bicycle rider wasn’t easily visible to the lady who hit him, it was not her fault.

So stay protected, stay visible, and stay ready. If you follow all these steps and still find yourself involved in an accident contact the Law Offices of Rue & Ziffra. We can defend you, and make sure you get the compensation you are rightfully due.

 

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It’s Like Riding a Bike

Daytona Beach Bicycle Accident Attorney

Daytona Beach is a city alive with beautiful scenes and plenty to see. Many of us get to see these scenes through a car window or share the view with others as we take a bus down Ridgewood. A few of us get to really appreciate the beauty of the city though, because we choose the healthier path and bike around the city. Bicycle riding isn’t just a hobby in Daytona Beach, it’s a part of many people’s life. Rather they ride their bicycle for work, for health, or just for fun, it’s a common sight to see them going down the side of the road.

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With so many bicyclists in Daytona Beach though, it is inevitable there will be a few accidents as well. Bicycle accidents are tragic because they can ruin perfect days, and maybe even perfect lives. There isn’t a lot of protection you can use when riding a bicycle. While a bike helmet can help prevent damage to the head, you have an entire body left to worry about. You also don’t get seatbelts on a bicycle. Not only do you have the impact of the vehicle to worry about, you have to worry about impacting the ground as well.

The sad part is, even if you follow all of the rules of the road, it doesn’t eliminate all chances of a bicycle accident. Many times, it is the most careful drivers and bicycle riders who suffer the most. In fact, a little over 800 bicyclists were killed on U.S. roads in 2015. That is only counting fatal accidents and not incidents where the bicyclist survived with or without injury. Each year, it is common to have at least 600 fatal bicycle accidents in the United States alone.

So what causes these bicycle accidents? There are numerous reasons why they occur. Sometimes it is the fault of the driver, and sometimes it is the fault of the rider. The best way to avoid accidents altogether, for both sides of the equation, is to know the rules of the road. One common mistake that is made, is not stopping at intersections. A bicycle is still a wheeled vehicle and must stop at any place a motorized vehicle would stop at, including stop signs and red lights. It also can not be stressed enough, to make yourself visible on the road. Even if it is just wearing bright clothing, or a bright vest, make sure cars can see you. Especially if you plan on riding at night or early morning.

Something else that is completely essential, for drivers and bicycle riders, is to make any wheeled vehicle a text free zone. Sure, you might think it takes talent to ride a bike and text your friends at the same time, but it can also take a life as well. This isn’t just for Daytona Beach bicycle accidents, but for all accidents. Texting distracts us and opens the way for all kinds of accidents to happen. Don’t let it be one of these accidents that convince you to put the phone down behind the wheel.

Like we said before, though, accidents can happen, even when you are following all the rules. So, what happens when you are in a bicycle accident? The first thing is to follow the basic rules of any accident. Contact the proper authorities to get immediate medical attention. Once you have been seen by a doctor and are recovering, it is time to make sure you get proper compensation for any injury or loss of life. While a Daytona Beach Bicycle Accident Attorney can’t mend your injuries any faster, we can fight to make sure insurance companies and guilty parties do not take advantage of you. This includes getting you compensation for medical costs, lost income due to injury, and any cost related to adapting to a disability caused by the accident.

Rue & Ziffra has had the honor of serving the Daytona Beach area for over 40 years. In that time, we have helped countless clients who have been injured in accidents. Rather it is an automobile accident, a motorcycle accident, or a bicycle accident, every case is important to us. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, don’t hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at Rue & Ziffra today.

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