Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale

Bicycling is a fantastic option for transportation, travel, work, fun, exercise, and sports, but it can be quite dangerous. Each year, more bicyclists are killed in Florida than in any other state, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Transportation professionals speculate that dangerous roadways and congestion are what makes the Sunshine State is so dangerous for cyclists.

Even when cyclists are well-protected with helmets and gear, when they are involved in traffic accidents, they often sustain serious injuries that leave them with long-term or permanent damage. If you or your loved one was recently injured in a bicycle accident, call a bicycle accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights: 954-524-2820.

You might be entitled to financial compensation, and we can help walk you through the process.

What are the common causes of bicycle accidents?

Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents involve not obeying the rules of the road, inattention (e.g., texting, eating), driving or biking under the influence, defective equipment and accessories (e.g., handlebars, pedals, or helmets), road construction, and unsafe roadways.

Our attorneys have managed many different types of bicycle accident cases including when:

  • A driver turns in front of a bicyclist
  • A driver pulls out into traffic in front of a bicyclist
  • A driver fails to yield at an intersection
  • A driver fails to stop at a stop sign or red light
  • A driver fails to look both ways when resuming travel after stopping at a stop sign
  • A driver opens a door and knocks a bicyclist over
  • A driver of a government or municipal vehicle or bus hits a bicyclist

What types of injuries do cyclists sustain in traffic accidents?

In a bicycle-auto accident, the cyclist generally sustains the brunt of the injuries. Injuries often include:

  • Bruises
  • Road rash
  • Multiple fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Broken and dislocated shoulders, hips, and limbs

Many of these injuries require hospitalization and ongoing treatment. The medical bills can mount quickly, and victims typically must take time off work to recover, causing further financial strain.

Who is responsible for paying for my bicycle accident injuries?

Much depends on the factors that led to your bicycle accident.

If you were totally at fault for your accident, you will need to look to your own insurance company for help paying for your expenses. Florida is a no-fault accident state, so if you have an auto policy, you can use your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Most people keep the minimum PIP coverage of $10,000. It covers 80 percent of your medical bills and 60 percent of your lost wages, up to your policy limit. If you do not carry auto insurance, you can use your own health insurance to cover your medical bills.

You may have additional avenues of compensation if you sustained permanent injuries, another party contributed to your accident, and your PIP is not enough to cover your losses. For instance, if your accident resulted from defective brakes on your bike, you can file a claim against the manufacturer. Similarly, if your accident resulted from the negligence of a car or truck driver, motorcyclist, or pedestrian, you can file a liability claim against them.

Bicycle accidents and insurance claim procedures can get quite complicated. Our bicycle accident lawyers can determine liability and give you a clear understanding of what your rights and responsibilities are. This way, you can make educated decisions and maximize your chances of obtaining a full and fair settlement for your harms.

What is the value of my bicycle accident claim?

The amount of money you can collect after a bicycle accident depends on the severity of your injuries, your prognosis and future needs, who was at fault for the accident, insurance policy details, and how aggressive and tenacious your lawyer is.

Our lawyers at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos. & Lehrman, P.L. have won several multi-million dollar suits for our personal injury clients. We take the time to understand your injuries and how they impact your life, and paint a clear, convincing case for the insurance company or court. The more thorough and detailed we are in our investigation and in our demand for damages, the larger your potential settlement.

Some of the damages you may be able to recover include those for:

  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of wages, loss of benefits, and reduced capacity to work
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • In-home assistance, e.g., nursing and household services
  • Pain and suffering
  • Death benefits in fatal bicycle accident cases, such as funeral costs loss of your loved one’s income and household contributions, and loss of services

Get an unbiased, professional assessment of your bicycle accident claim before agreeing to any settlements. Signing an agreement prematurely almost always results in a lower settlement.

Do I need an attorney for my bicycle accident case in Fort Lauderdale?

Attempting to file a bicycle accident claim on your own is ill-advised because 1) you probably do not fully understand your rights or how to maximize your chances of recovering all of your losses, and 2) your energies could be much better spent recuperating from the accident.

Let Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. fight for your best interests and get you the justice and restitution you deserve. If we take your case, we only receive payment for our work if we succeed in winning a recovery for you. Call us at 954-524-2820 to get started.