Bicycle Accident Lawyers

BICYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS

Florida Bicycle Accident Lawyers
There are countless numbers of Floridians who ride bicycles regularly, for exercise, transportation or to simply enjoy the natural beauty our state has to offer. Unfortunately, as the number of motorists and bicycles sharing the road in Florida have increased, so have the number of collisions between motor vehicles and bicyclists.

For good reason, Florida is generally considered the most dangerous state in the nation to ride a bicycle. Since 2012, Florida has averaged well over 6,000 motor vehicle related bicycle accidents each year and the number of accidents has been on the rise. In fact, Florida has nearly double the bicycle accident related fatalities than the second deadliest cycling state.

Very similar to motorcycle accidents, accidents between cars and bicycles can and often do result in catastrophic injuries to the bicyclist. The lack of protection for the bicycle rider and the dramatic weight difference between a motor vehicle and a bicycle puts the bicyclist at a substantially greater risk for serious injury or death.

It’s not uncommon for our injury law firm to see bicycle accident victims that have tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages because of their collision with a car. Unfortunately, many bicycling accident victims are unaware that they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, from the at-fault driver’s auto insurance.

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What You Should Know About Bicycle Accident Cases in Florida…


Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Many motorists fail to realize their responsibilities when sharing the roadway with bicyclists. Their lack of understanding or unwillingness to follow the rules of the road can put bicyclists in a very dangerous situation.

A majority of the reported accidents between bicycles and motor vehicles are caused by one of three mistakes, which are all avoidable.

Failure to Yield:

When leaving a driveway or parking lot, drivers are required by law to yield to oncoming traffic. This includes bicyclists. Many motorists will watch for other motor vehicles before entering the roadway, but fail to yield to the bicyclists on that same roadway.

Right Turns:

Under Florida law, drivers of motor vehicles are required to use their signals before turning. Crashes happen when motorists fail to signal before making a right hand turn or make sudden right turns across the bicyclists lane.

Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance:

Motorists are required by Florida law to keep a distance of three feet between their vehicle and bicyclists, when passing.

Bicycle Accident Compensation

If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be facing a substantial amount of medical bills, an extended period out of work with no income and possibly a long-term or permanent disability that can negatively affect your earnings capacity and quality of life.

It’s important for bicycle accident victims to understand that compensation for their damages may be available to them, not only from their own auto insurance, but the at-fault party’s auto insurance as well. If you have been injured on a bicycle, due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim to recover compensation for the following:
 

  • Past Medical Bills & Lost Wages
  • Future Medical Expenses & Lost Income
  • Lost Quality of Life
  • Physical / Emotional Pain and Suffering

 

Bicycle Accident Lawsuits

Navigating the legal waters of a bicycle accident claim, on your own, can be difficult. Like car accidents, auto insurance is usually the primary source of compensation for bicycle accident injury claims. However, determining liability and the insurance coverage available for an injury claim can vary dramatically from case to case.

The following are a few examples of factors that can impact what compensation may or may not be available to an injured bicycle accident victim:
 

  • Was the bicycle accident victim a Florida resident or out-of-state visitor?
  • Was the at-fault driver a Florida resident or out-of-state visitor?
  • Was the at-fault driver using their own vehicle or borrowing one from a friend or relative?
  • Does the at-fault driver or vehicle owner have auto insurance?
  • Does at-fault driver live on their own or with a relative?
  • Does the bicycle accident victim own an automobile and is that automobile insured?
  • Does the bicycle rider live on their own or with a relative?

 
The answers to these questions and many others can and will determine the compensation you are entitled to and what insurance policies that compensation comes from. Rest assured, all the involved insurance companies, including the bicycle accident victim’s own insurance carrier, will know the answers. The insurance adjusters will use them in every way possible to deny the claim outright or limit the compensation they may offer as a settlement to the victim(s).

Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today

The law firm of Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for both legal skill and ethical conduct. Our experienced personal injury lawyers focus on treating each client with compassion and the highest ethical standards possible, while tirelessly pursuing just and fair compensation on their behalf.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, we offer no cost initial consultations. We also handle all bicycle injury cases on a contingency basis. This means you owe absolutely no attorney’s fees unless we settle your case or win a favorable judgement in court.

For a no cost initial consultation to review your case by one of our experienced injury attorneys, call us today at 800-802-8182 or send us an email. We’re here to help YOU.
 

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