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Orlando Bicycle Accident Attorney

Michael T. Gibson, P.A., Auto Justice Attorney offers free case reviews to victims of Orlando bicycle accidents and other injury-related claims. You can either call our office at (407) 422-4529 or fill out one of our short contact forms to discuss your injuries and potential recoveries you may be entitled to.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Orlando please call the legal team at Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson. We offer free consultations for victims of bicycle accidents. You can either call our office at (407) 422-4529 or fill out one of our short contact forms.

Whether your bicycle is just a fun way to exercise, a passion you have embraced for years, or an eco-friendly way to get around that provides more speed and convenience than your feet, you expect to enjoy your ride.

Unfortunately, a bicycle accident can derail your plans for an enjoyable outing and leave you struggling with long-term injuries that may even permanently change how you live your life. If you have suffered serious injuries in a bicycle accident, you may need an Orlando bicycle accident attorney to help you seek compensation for the full cost of your injuries.

Why Michael T. Gibson, PA, Is Your Orlando Bicycle Accident Attorney

When you need an attorney after a bicycle accident, you want an experienced attorney who knows the Orlando court system and knows how to fight for the compensation you deserve. The legal team at Michael T. Gibson, PA, has a long history of working with the Florida courts to obtain the compensation its clients deserve. Our past case results evidence the fact that we consistently achieve successful outcomes in kinds of vehicle accident claims.

These results do not guarantee the funds you will receive in compensation for your accident. They do, however, provide a clear view of the experience offered by our firm.

Bike Accident Injuries in Florida

In a recent year, The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department reported 7,124 bike accidents in Florida, with over 400 occurring in Orange County. The majority of these (6,652) involved injuries, and 211 fatalities were also reported.

Based on the NHTSA’s most recent statistics, Florida has the highest bicycle fatality rate in the country. California had 124 bicycle accident fatalities. The agency suggests that tourism in both states contributes to these high numbers.

While bicycling is popular in urban and rural areas across the country, fatal accidents occur more frequently in urban areas. In cities, bicyclists sometimes share heavy traffic conditions with cars, trucks, buses, and large trucks.

Our Orlando bicycle accident lawyers are familiar with the roads, intersections, and communities where these accidents occur. Our local knowledge presents a great advantage to use when seeking fair compensation for injured victims.

Common Injuries After a Florida Bicycle Accident

Bicycles offer a great way to get around. On crowded streets, you may travel faster on a bicycle than you can in a car. 

Unfortunately, in an accident, they provide you with no protection against the vehicle or the ground. Some common injuries that cyclists often receive in an accident include:

Traumatic brain injury: Wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of serious head injury by as much as 70 percent. Unfortunately, wearing a bicycle helmet does not prevent the possibility of a head injury entirely, especially in an impact at high rates of speed. Victims of traumatic brain injury may lose consciousness at the scene of the accident. Following that loss of consciousness, they may experience a wide range of serious symptoms, including headaches, cognitive difficulties, and mood swings.

Mild traumatic brain injury does not always resolve with time, and more serious traumatic brain injuries may present symptoms that linger long after the accident. Regardless of severity, a TBI patient may experience lifelong cognitive limitations due to the accident.

Spinal cord injury: Mild spinal cord injuries present as persistent pain or stiffness. In more serious cases, however, spinal cord injury may lead to paralysis.

Amputations: In a bicycle accident, you may find your limbs crushed under the vehicle that strikes you, causing so much damage that your doctor sees no option but amputation. In other cases, you may suffer amputation during the accident itself. Following an amputation, many victims require extensive therapy to learn how to complete normal daily functions again.

Burns: When the vehicle that strikes you goes on to strike another object, it may burst into flames, leading to serious burn injuries. Victims of bicycle accidents may need help to get out of the way of the flames, especially after a serious injury. Burns may cause permanent disfigurement and limit movement and function following a serious bicycle accident.

Broken bones: A car striking a cyclist with high force may break bones on impact. The cyclist may also break bones when striking the pavement or other items in the area. Some people cannot return to work with broken bones, especially if they work in a labor-intensive profession.

Other accident victims find that the impact of broken bones lingers long after healing completes, including partial loss of function in broken limbs, loss of sensation, or ongoing pain in the area surrounding the break. To learn more about your legal options, speak with an Orlando car accident lawyer about your case today.

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Just like vehicle accidents, bicycle crashes occur under many circumstances. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association report, A Right to The Road, tracked the initiating factors that contributed to documented accidents.

Bicycle accident fatalities frequently involve these incidents.

  • A vehicle driver overtakes a bicyclist moving in the same direction.
  • A motorist turns into a bicyclist’s path.
  • A motorist enters a road from a driveway, alley, or parking lot.
  • A motorist opens a door, cutting off the bicyclist’s path.
  • Low light, other vehicles, or other circumstances limit the biker’s visibility.
  • A vehicle operator or bicyclist misjudges how much time they have to pass.

Bicycle Accident Injury Statistics in Orlando, FL


Claiming Compensation for Your Injuries After a Bicycle Accident

After a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to claim compensation. Many victims accept the first offer issued by the insurance company, which often fails to reflect the full cost of the accident injuries. By working with an attorney, however, you can better understand how much compensation you should seek for your injuries. An experienced bicycle accident lawyer can help you decide when to accept the settlement offer issued by the insurance company and when to continue negotiations.

Is the driver who hit me always responsible for paying for my injuries?

No. After a bicycle accident, you may assume that the driver bears fault in the accident. In some cases, other parties may also share liability for your injuries following a bicycle accident. 

For example, if your accident involved a drunk driver, a bar or restaurant that knowingly over-served the driver may share liability for your injuries. 

An accident due to a mechanical defect in the vehicle may shift liability to the manufacturer of the vehicle or a mechanic who recently repaired it. Working with an attorney can help you better identify all the parties who may share responsibility for your accident.

How much compensation do I deserve for my bicycle accident injuries?

Following a bicycle accident, the compensation you receive will vary based on the severity of your injuries and the insurance coverage carried by the driver who caused your accident. You will not receive more compensation than the policy’s maximum amount, even if the cost of your medical bills exceeds that amount. Most people, following a bicycle accident, claim:

Medical expenses: Your medical bills may mount fast after a bicycle accident. First, you will receive transportation to the hospital, often via ambulance. The emergency room begins the long list of medical expenses you may incur as you recover from your injuries. Some victims require long-term hospitalization, while others may undergo surgeries and tests to help determine the extent of their injuries and treat them.

Once you return home, you may need skilled care to help you complete normal daily activities or to provide for your medical needs. Many victims need months or even years of therapy to help restore their quality of life after a bicycle accident, including physical therapy to help restore strength and flexibility, occupational therapy to learn new ways to accomplish tasks despite serious injuries, and psychological therapy to deal with mental and emotional concerns after the accident.

Pain and suffering: Following your bicycle accident, you may suffer serious pain from your injuries. Not only that, serious bicycle accidents can substantially limit the time you can spend enjoying your favorite activities.

In addition to the physical pain and suffering, many victims struggle with anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Working with a lawyer can help you better understand how to assign a monetary value to your pain and suffering.

Compensation for lost wages or lost earning potential: Many accident victims find it impossible to return to work immediately after their bicycle accidents. If you work in a highly physical job, for example, you may not have the ability to take on your daily work responsibilities with broken bones.

Severe pain or the need to take heavy-duty pain medications can make it impossible to take on any type of job responsibility, while victims with traumatic brain injury may struggle to complete their normal job duties.

Worse, some accident victims cannot return to their former professions due to their injuries. In this case, compensation for lost earning potential can help provide a source of funds while you try to decide how to handle your employment needs in the future, including providing funds for training for a new profession.

Why You Need an Attorney After a Bicycle Accident

Our attorneys can help increase the compensation you receive. Many bicycle accident victims find that when they hire an attorney to work on their behalf, the insurance company immediately takes their claim more seriously. Our attorneys can also help determine all the parties liable for your bicycle accident case, put together your claim, and help you calculate how much compensation you should seek in your claim.

Your attorney can take over negotiations on your behalf. You have enough to deal with as you recover from serious injuries and try to move forward with your life after a bicycle accident. Letting an attorney take over negotiations for you will free up your time and reduce your stress.

Your attorney can help collect evidence. Not only can our attorneys help access any video evidence of the accident or record witness testimonies, but they can also bring in expert witnesses to help establish fault in your accident.

How to Choose the Best Orlando Bicycle Accident Lawyer for Your Case?

Choose the best Orlando bicycle accident lawyer by taking the following factors into consideration:

Specialization and Experience: Look for a lawyer who specializes in bicycle accident cases or personal injury law with a focus on cycling accidents.

Reputation: Research the lawyer’s reputation by reading reviews and testimonials from past clients.

Initial Consultation: Schedule a consultation to discuss your case directly with the lawyer. This meeting will help you gauge their understanding of your situation and see if their communication style aligns with your needs.

Case Strategy: Ask about their approach to handling your case. A good bicycle accident lawyer should be able to outline a clear strategy that includes investigation, gathering evidence, and dealing with insurance companies in Florida.

Credentials and Bar Membership: Ensure the lawyer is licensed to practice in Florida and is in good standing with the state bar association. Membership in relevant legal associations, particularly those related to personal injury or cycling, is also a good sign.

Fee Structure: Understand how the lawyer charges for their services. Make sure you are clear about any potential costs or fees.

Communication: Choose a lawyer who can communicate effectively and keeps you informed about the progress of your case. We have heard many cases where victims of a bicycle accident had a hard time communicating with their lawyers, resulting in stress, frustration, and delays.

Empathy and Trust: Trust your instincts about how comfortable you feel with the attorney. Choose an attorney who shows genuine empathy and understanding of your situation and who can provide the support that you need.

If you’re looking for a dedicated and experienced Orlando bicycle accident lawyer, look no further. At Michael T. Gibson, P.A., Auto Justice Attorney, we specialize in bicycle accident cases and are committed to advocating for your rights.


Contact Michael T. Gibson After a Florida Bicycle Accident

As with most injury cases, you have a distinct advantage when you work with an Orlando bicycle accident attorney. Bicycle accidents often cause serious and catastrophic injuries. Legal issues sometimes complicate a case and make damage recovery more challenging. Bicycle accident attorneys like ours understand these issues. They intervene with insurance companies, claims investigators, and defense attorneys while their clients take the time they need to heal.

If you suffered serious injuries in a Florida bicycle accident, you may need an attorney to help file your claim. Contact the Orlando personal injury attorneys at Michael T. Gibson, P.A., Auto Justice Attorney today, or call us at 407-422-4529 to schedule your free consultation.

Michael T. Gibson, P.A., Auto Justice Attorney
2420 S. Lakemont Avenue
Suite 150
Orlando, FL 32814
Phone: 407-422-4529

Frequently Asked Questions

Orlando Bicycle Accident FAQ


Bicycles are an enjoyable way to get from point A to Point B. Orlando provides the perfect cycling environment, but remaining safe is sometimes a challenge. Cyclists are everywhere, navigating urban, suburban, and rural streets. They encounter the same traffic and safety issues as the car and truck drivers with whom they share the road. There’s one major difference, though. When a vehicle and bicycle crash, the cyclist must often seek medical treatment while the vehicle operator simply drives away.

When you ride a bike, accidents are sometimes unavoidable. We’ve created an Orlando bicycle accident FAQ because we believe that it’s important for bicyclists and motor vehicle operators to know and understand the issues.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents bicycle fatalities in the Traffic Safety: Bicyclists and Other Cyclists report. The agency places bicycle riders in the pedal-cyclist category. It defines a pedal-cyclist as a person operating a bicycle or any other two-wheel, non-motorized vehicle. These include tricycles and unicycles powered solely by pedals.

The report shares statistics from accidents that occurred during just one year.

  • 783 cyclists died in the United States.
  • Florida had 125 bicycle fatalities.
  • Cyclists comprised 2.1 percent of all traffic fatalities in the country.
  • 75 percent of fatal cycle accidents occur in urban areas.

NHTSA’s traffic statistics show that fatal bicycle/vehicle accidents happen every day of the week and at all times of the day and night.

  • Fatal crashes occurred in varying lighting conditions: Daylight, 48 percent; dark, 47 percent; dawn, 2 percent; dusk, 3 percent.
  • More fatal bicycle accidents occurred on weekends.
  • Weekend bicycle/vehicle accident fatalities happen most frequently between 9 and 11:59 PM.

As the GHSA explains, children were the most frequent bicycle accident victims in previous years. Adults ride more frequently now, so the casualty statistics have changed.

GHSA and NHTSA bicycling reports offer these national statistics.

  • Adults consist of 88 percent of the fatal bicycle accident victims.
  • Men were 89 percent of the fatally injured victims.
  • Male bicyclists sustained fatal injuries at six times the rate of females.
  • The average age of a cyclist killed in an auto crash increased from 41 in 2010 to 47 in 2017.
  • Of the 783 bicyclists killed in accidents across the USA in one recent year, 53 were aged 14 or younger, and 48 were aged 15 to 19.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents many factors when a fatality occurs.

The Bicyclist and Other Cyclist Traffic Safety Facts Report provides these insights into the types of vehicles and initial impacts involved.

  • Drivers struck bicyclists with the front of their vehicles in 82 percent of all fatal crashes.
  • Light trucks were involved in 44 percent of all bicyclist fatalities.
  • In 88 percent of those crashes, the front of the truck struck the bicyclist
  • In bicyclist fatalities involving a large truck, 28 percent of the collisions involved a right-side impact.
  • 48 percent of bus-related cyclist fatalities involved the bus’s right side.
  • The NHTSA attributes the large vehicle, right-side crash pattern to a large vehicle’s tendency to make wide right turns.

Bicyclists are more likely to sustain serious injuries because they’re more vulnerable when an accident occurs. A simple impact with any vehicle often sends a bicyclist to a hard sidewalk, roadway, or stationary object. An accident that’s minor from the vehicle’s standpoint sometimes leaves a bicyclist struggling to survive. Injured bicyclists must often recover from fractures, internal damages, head and brain trauma, and other serious and catastrophic injuries.

Several factors help increase a bicyclist’s potential for injuries.

  • Bicycle weight: Traditional bicycles weigh an average of 19 pounds. While e-bikes usually weigh between 38 and 70 pounds, that’s still no match for even a compact vehicle that weighs approximately 4,000 pounds. The difference is far more drastic when an accident involves a bus or commercial truck weighing 10,000 pounds or greater.
  • Balance: Although a few cycles have three wheels, most have only two. Remaining balanced and upright is usually impossible after an impact with a motor vehicle.
  • Protection: Bicyclists have no seat belts, airbags, or steel-reinforced compartments to protect them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Bicycle Safety Page recommends three safety measures to prevent bicycle injuries. When properly fitted, helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injury. Lighting increases visibility. More helmet laws increase helmet use.
  • Infrastructure: City bicyclists require riding paths that separate them from cars and trucks; this often isn’t the case, meaning cyclists must share the roadway in close proximity to fast-moving automobiles.

Title XXIII Motor Vehicles §316.2065, “Bicycle regulations,” outlines the statutes relevant to all bicycles. §316.2128, “Micromobility devices, motorized scooters, and miniature motorcycles; requirements,” designates certain powered mobility devices as bicycles. This provision applies to E-bicycles and other low-powered motorized devices. It explains that micro-mobility devices have the same rights and privileges as bicycle riders.

Here are a few of the most important regulations.

  • An owner isn’t required to register a bicycle.
  • An operator doesn’t have to have a driver’s license.
  • A rider cannot allow a child to remain in a child seat unless the rider is controlling the bike.
  • A rider under age 16 and their passengers must wear a properly fitted and secured helmet.
  • A bicyclist who fails to comply with the helmet statute is subject to a non-criminal citation and fine.
  • When riding after sunset, a bicycle must have a white headlight that’s visible up to at least 500 feet.
  • The bike must also have a red rear reflector and a red light visible from at least 600 feet.

Bicycle-vehicle crashes often occur because a vehicle driver doesn’t see the cyclist. Often it’s because another vehicle blocks their view. It’s sometimes a matter of perceptions because a vehicle driver doesn’t see the bicyclist as an equal. Accidents sometimes occur when a bicyclist sees a vehicle headed their way yet doesn’t anticipate that the driver might not stop. These dynamics often occur because drivers haven’t learned to share the road with bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other non-vehicle riders.

Governor’s Highway Safety Association. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association explains that vehicle drivers who engage in red-light running, distracted driving, and impaired driving create safety issues for both bicyclists and other motorists.

The organization recommends its 3-E Approach for promoting safe cycling:

  • Engineering improvements
  • High Visibility Law Enforcement
  • Driver and Cyclist Education

Florida Bicycle Association. The Florida Bicycle Association explains that “…roads are a cooperative system.” They expect vehicle drivers and bicyclists to learn the rules and drive accordingly. The organization provides resources and information for Florida cyclists.

They believe in sharing the road and promoting safety.

  • The SBA encourages vehicle drivers to recognize a bicyclist’s right to share the road.
  • They believe that adult bicyclists shouldn’t have to ride on the sidewalk or the edge of the road to avoid accidents.
  • They encourage impatient vehicle drivers to “…pause and think it through…” Impatience with cyclists often contributes to accidents when motorists attempt unsafe passing.
  • Bicyclists should ride big. Bikers should ride in the middle of their lane, as it minimizes the risk of sideswipes and other common types of vehicle/bicycle accidents. It also discourages cars and trucks from passing illegally.
  • The SBA serves as a bikers’ advocate. They encourage local and national legislators to pass laws that ensure biker safety and rights.

Despite their ubiquity, bicyclists still struggle to remain safe each time they ride in traffic. The Green Lane Project encourages cities to provide safer bike-riding infrastructure. Protected bike lanes increase safety by physically separating bikers from motor vehicle traffic.

The organization projects that protected lanes will provide several benefits:

  • Economic boost to local businesses
  • Health and productivity advantages
  • Skilled worker retention
  • Support for urban real estate markets

Orlando’s bike trails already provide a network of protected riding environments for bikers. These trails average 250,000 rides per month. Once completed, the proposed Orlando Bicycle Beltway will provide an 8.5-mile trail. Ultimately, it will wind through Orlando’s Central Business District and connect with existing trails.

Bicycles have become an integral part of everyday life. They provide such valuable services that state and local governments designated bicycle shops and bicycle technicians as essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some cyclists ride only recreationally. Others use bicycles for commutes. Bicycles also provide economical transportation for gig workers and small business operations.

Many local and national businesses incorporate bicycle-riding employees into their daily operations.

  • Police departments
  • Package delivery services
  • Food delivery services
  • Pedicab taxi drivers
  • Bicycle transport and delivery services

A Ghost Bike is a roadside memorial that honors a bicyclist who was fatally injured in an accident. It’s a white-painted bicycle that’s permanently located in the spot where a rider died in an accident. People often add flowers or other mementos. The FLHSMV allows the memorials to remain in place as long as they comply with Florida’s roadside memorial guidelines.

E-bikes have electric motors that enhance a cyclist’s riding efforts. Bicycle shops sell e-bikes. Companies such as Lime, Spin, Wheels, Bird, HOPR, and Lynx offer bicycle ride-sharing services. Users download an app to authorize bicycle use. They locate bikes via app geo-tracking, then scan the bike and ride away. Orange County recently banned e-bike use in certain unincorporated county areas.