Everything You Need To Know About Bicycle Accidents
Our legal team is passionate about fighting for the rights of the wrongfully injured, and we are proud to use our knowledge and experience to help bike accident victims and their families. Bike accidents can result in severe injuries, and may sometimes be fatal because cyclists often lack the type of protection to sustain collisions or falls.
Our firm is committed to holding negligent parties responsible for their harmful actions. If you were involved in a damaging bicycle accident, make sure you know who could be liable, what type of compensation you could be entitled to, and what to do next.
What Causes Bicycle Accidents?
Bicycle accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. That being said, there are certain circumstances where bicycle accidents are more likely. The NHTSA tells us that 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic-related accidents in 2018 alone, 125 of which occurred in Florida, making it the state with the highest cyclist fatality rate in the country.
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 attorney. Our firm can assess your crash to help determine who might be liable for your injuries and subsequent damage.
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.
A Recent Bicycle Accident Victory for Our Client
In one 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. He previously worked as a Securities and Exchange Commission Chief Accountant. This accident unfortunately ended his career.
The court determined that the property owners failed to warn our client of the potential danger, and was negligent in caring for their property. A Palm Beach County jury ultimately 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.
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 or mistake. If you were harmed in a bicycle crash, you need the help of an experienced legal advocate who knows precisely what to do to protect your interests. A bicycle injury attorney can help you file an injury claim, build a case, and seek maximum compensation for your medical expenses, loss of wages, future expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Our attorneys at Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. have ample experience fighting for injured victim’s rights, and we’re here to help. However complex or challenging your case may seem, our firm is here to help you pursue justice and maximum compensation while you focus on healing and recovering.
Contact Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. today to learn more about our verdicts or to discuss a potential case with our team.