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Personal Accident Attorneys for Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Accident Car Crash With BicyclistWhile cyclists are often rewarded for helping the planet, the bicycle accidents that bike riders endure are less advertised. Unfortunately, cyclists around the United States are nervous about using the roads due to the number of bicycle accidents that occur. In 2019 alone, 160 cyclists were killed on Broward County roads.

Furthermore, the National Center for Health Statistics claimed that over 700 cyclists died in 2019 in collisions involving motor vehicles. While some cases involve a hit and run, others are a result of negligence, carelessness, recklessness, and other causes. As is present with car accidents, a significant number of bicycle accidents are preventable, and this is why compensation for bicycle accidents is an important talking point.

In Florida, we have a higher bicycle accident death rate than in any other state. Sadly, this means that cyclists take to the road knowing that there’s a death rate of 7.4 people in every one million. Government officials and lawmakers are working hard to reduce the rate of bicycle accidents, and accountability is also essential - something aided by a bicycle accident lawyer.

Common Injuries After a Bicycle Accident

Due to the very nature of bicycle accidents, cyclists often come off worse after a collision. While car drivers have a protective shield of metal, cyclists are far more exposed. Though drivers might experience whiplash and some light injuries, you, as a cyclist, might experience broken bones, spinal cord damage, and other serious personal injuries as a cyclist.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, feel free to contact The Injury Firm. With a bicycle accident lawyer, you have an opportunity to recover compensation while focusing solely on recovery. Other common injuries after a bicycle accident include:

  • Soft tissue damage
  • TBIs (traumatic brain injuries)
  • Internal damage
  • Facial lacerations
  • Sprains and strains

As mentioned previously, several bicycle accident cases also end in death. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another road user, you deserve compensation to deal with the damages that have arisen. From everyone at The Injury Firm, we’re sorry to hear of your loss - we appreciate that this is an incredibly difficult time. It’s important to act quickly if you’re to recover the damages that your family deserves.

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Over the years, we’ve come to realize that all bicycle accidents are different. Hit and run accidents are a problem in the United States, and this is because people try to escape responsibility and accountability. If the driver had been drinking, for example, they think that driving away is the best option.

With this, we touch on one of the most prominent causes of bicycle accidents - intoxicated drivers. In 2021, we hope as road users that everybody follows the rules of the road.

Motorists take risks on the road in many other ways, and drugs and alcohol are two examples. When intoxicated, this causes problems because reaction times are slower, concentration reduces, and coordination is also an issue.

The Injury Firm has also seen accidents with the following causes:

  • Drivers opening car doors without spotting a cyclist
  • Motorists driving too closely to cyclists
  • Drivers making turns without paying attention to cyclists
  • Negligent, careless, distracted, and reckless driving

In this guide, we’ve been negative towards drivers, but they aren’t always to blame for an accident. Sometimes, compensation for bicycle accidents comes from bike manufacturers or even the government. This is common when the bike has a defect or if the roads haven’t been maintained respectively.

Whatever the cause, The Injury Firm as a bicycle accident lawyer is here for you. After getting injured in a bicycle accident, professional lawyers protect your legal rights and chase compensation while you attend medical appointments and focus on recovery.

Compensation for Bicycle Accidents

What compensation can you expect after an accident? Well, the amount all depends on the accident itself. However, compensation is designed to recover damages. If you aren’t at fault for the accident, you shouldn’t have to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs. In most cases, these are three of the largest economic damages. Your case might also include loss of earning capacity and upgrading your home to accommodate a new disability.

The reason legal cases are so complex is that compensation packages often include non-economic damages too. In other words, damages that don’t have a monetary value. Examples include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Naturally, personal injury cases will also differ from wrongful death claims. All in all, the best way to get your case started is to contact a bicycle accident lawyer, and you have everything you need with The Injury Firm.

When Can You Pursue a Claim for a Florida Bicycle Accident?

As people aim to reduce their carbon footprint and get healthier, more people are riding their bicycles for leisure and small journeys. Every year, the government takes steps to make cycling safer with bike lanes and other regulations. However, accidents still happen year after year.

It’s now 2021, but many motorists don’t know how to behave with cyclists and share the road appropriately. If you’ve been involved in an incident, you need a Florida bicycle accident lawyer. After suffering serious injuries, you deserve compensation from the party that caused the accident.

Since the burden of legal action falls on the victim, you need a personal injury lawyer to look after your best interests and pursue a claim. In the meantime, you can focus on recovering. If you’ve lost a family member after a bicycle accident, The Injury Firm bicycle accident lawyers will handle your case with determination and sensitivity.

Can You Pursue a Claim?

After a bicycle accident on Florida roads, you’re probably wondering whether you can claim against the guilty party. In Florida, legal action is available when another party was completely or partly responsible for the accident. Thanks to comparative negligence laws in this state, you can claim compensation even if you were partly responsible. For example, it could be deemed that you’re 20% responsible. In this case, you can still get compensation for the other 80%.

Either way, a Florida bicycle accident lawyer will need to prove that the driver acted negligently. Often, we’re able to do this by gathering evidence, using medical and police reports, and talking to eyewitnesses and expert testimonies.

Whenever a driver enters the road, they have a legal obligation and a duty of care to all other drivers. If the motorist failed to live up to this standard, we’ll make this very clear in the claim. From here, we’ll need to draw a link between negligence, recklessness, or carelessness and the accident. In other words, we’ll prove that the motorist was negligent, and this caused the accident.

Then, the final step is to show that the negligence and breach of duty that caused the accident also caused your injuries. When claiming compensation, the idea is to bring yourself back into the same position you were in before the accident. Therefore, you cannot claim for pre-existing injuries.

The driver may be responsible after speeding, driving recklessly, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or ignoring stop signs.

A personal injury lawyer will pursue a claim on your behalf, and this is likely to include lost income, current medical bills, any future medical bills, emotional anguish, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. If it’s a wrongful death claim, compensation can include funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, and other related costs.

Contact The Injury Firm as a Florida bicycle accident lawyer today to get the ball rolling with a free case evaluation!

How Can a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Help?

Compensation for bicycle accidents is possible, and you deserve it after suffering in an accident that you didn’t cause. After experiencing a collision, your health should always be the priority. Don’t worry about a legal case right at the beginning if you need medical attention. All you can do is keep all paperwork and follow the medical advice.

If you’re able, photograph the bicycle accident scene and gather contact details for eyewitnesses. Also, never admit fault to anything and don’t speak with any insurance adjusters until you’ve contacted The Injury Firm.

A bicycle accident lawyer will help by primarily protecting your legal rights. While adjusters are trying to get you to admit fault and reduce compensation, The Injury Firm will advise you at every step of the journey. We’ll also gather evidence, negotiate a settlement, speak with eyewitnesses, reconstruct the accident, and communicate with expert witnesses. In other words, we’ll do whatever it takes to get you and your family compensation after getting injured in a bicycle accident. Why not pick up the phone now and call for a FREE CASE EVALUTION?

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