Florida has one of the highest rates of bicycle accidents in the country. According to FIRES (an extension of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles), there were 6,565 reported bicycle crashes and 112 bicycle crash-related fatalities in 2017. Since the start of 2018, Broward County has already seen nearly 200 bicycle crashes.
The Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident attorneys at Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. are here to serve you when you are suffering because of someone else’s carelessness or error. With eight highly accomplished lawyers on staff, we are more than qualified to handle your case.
Get in touch with us by calling (954) 467-8800 now.
Do I Need a Lawyer After a Bicycle Accident?
Dealing with the aftermath of a bicycle accident can be extremely troublesome, especially if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. If you were harmed in a bicycle crash, you need the help of a legal advocate who knows precisely what to do to protect your interests.
A Fort Lauderdale bicycle injury lawyer from our firm can help you file an injury claim, build a case, and seek maximum compensation for your medical expenses, loss of wages, and more. We have ample experience fighting for injured victims' rights. However complex or challenging your case may seem, our firm is here to help you pursue justice and maximum compensation while you focus on recovering.
A Bicycle Accident Victory for Our Client
In a recent case, our firm represented James Schnurr and his wife Christine Schnurr following a serious, tragic bicycle accident that took place near their home. While he recovered from his life-changing injuries, Mr. Schnurr could no longer work, resulting in a substantial loss of income. The accident ultimately ended his career.
A Palm Beach County jury awarded Mr. Schnurr a $41 million verdict. Additionally, for the loss of her husband’s comfort, society, and attention, Christine Schnurr was awarded $5 million in damages.
Types of Compensation for Injured Cyclists
Depending on how you were harmed in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for several damages.
The most common damages in a bicycle accident include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning capacity
If the cyclist is fatally wounded in a crash, the surviving spouse and family may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit on their loved one’s behalf. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the family may also claim compensation for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, future lost earnings, and more. Our Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident lawyers can fight for every bit of compensation that you deserve!
Florida PIP & No-Fault Insurance Laws
Florida has what is called no-fault insurance laws (also commonly referred to as personal injury protection). This means all parties involved in a crash are to use their own auto insurance policy as the first line of defense when seeking to cover costs associated with the accident.
Even if you were not at fault, Florida laws still require you to recover whatever compensation is available through your insurance provider before going after the driver who hit you.
However, you may have a difficult time getting your insurance company to provide you with the compensation you need to cover your damages and losses. Our bike accident attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can help you with your claim and make sure your insurance provider treats you fairly. Contact us today for help.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. That being said, there are certain circumstances where bike accidents are more likely, especially when motorists fail to exercise reasonable care.
Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Driver distraction
- Drunk or intoxicated driving
- Disregard for traffic laws
- Drifting into other lanes
- Lane merging
Depending on what caused the crash, the liable party may vary. If, for example, a cyclist is struck by an inattentive driver, the driver may be liable. However, if a cyclist falls because of roadside debris near a construction site, the construction site manager may be liable.
Whatever the circumstances of the crash, it’s important to go over the details of your case with an experienced bicycle accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale. Our firm can assess your crash to help determine who might be liable for your injuries and subsequent damage.
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You don’t have to suffer in silence, go bankrupt paying for medical costs, or let your insurance company hold on to the money you need to cover your losses. Our firm operates on the driving belief that justice should always be served on behalf of the injured.
We are prepared to help you make that happen, whether it means going up against your insurance company, filing a claim against a reckless driver, or taking any other negligent person or entity to court.
Don’t wait. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.