A bicycle accident can devastate not only the victim but also the victim’s family. Every year, bicyclists die and suffer serious injuries on Florida roads through no fault of their own. Their injuries cause them and their loved ones enormous physical, emotional, and financial pain. It can take months, even years, to recover from just the bodily injuries or the shock of losing a loved one. The financial injuries might last even longer.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a bicycle accident in the Ft. Lauderdale area, the experienced bike accident lawyers at Sibley Dolman may be able to help. We have represented bicycle accident victims and their families to help ensure they receive the justice and financial compensation they need and deserve.
Why Hire an Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney
Recovering compensation for injuries sustained in a Florida bicycle accident can be a complicated process. Victims often find it frustrating to navigate Florida’s unusual no-fault insurance rules while trying to pay for mounting medical expenses and dealing with lost income. Insurance may not cover some of the most devastating costs of a bicycle accident injury or death, or the insurance company may fight payment. Victims and their families also often do not realize that there may be other options for recovering compensation from at-fault parties, even after no-fault insurance has paid out.
An experienced bicycle accident attorney can help victims sort through these issues. Often, the sooner victims and their families consult an attorney after a bicycle accident, the better their chances can be of recovering the maximum compensation to which they’re entitled.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on Broward County roads. Their only crash protection is usually just a helmet. Bicycle accidents often end in the death of the bike rider. Even when the rider survives, the injuries can be massive, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury, including paralysis
- Broken bones, cracked ribs, loss of or damage to limbs
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injuries (head, neck, back, legs)
- Disfigurement (including road rash, scarring)
Damages That a Lawyer May Help Recover in Florida Bicycle Accident Cases
Under Florida’s no-fault insurance laws, bike accident victims may be entitled to receive compensation from their own personal injury protection insurance coverage no matter who is at-fault for the accident. That coverage, together with the victim’s health insurance, may cover immediate medical expenses resulting from a bicycle accident. But what about all of the other costs?
An experienced bicycle accident attorney may be able to help victims and their families recover the costs of:
- Medical care
- Long-term care and rehabilitation services
- Lost earnings, including past and future
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- In some limited cases, punitive damages
Who May Face Liability for Damages in a Florida Bicycle Accident?
Even though Florida is currently a no-fault insurance state, who is at-fault for a bicycle accident can still matter. When a bike accident victim dies or sustains serious injuries, the victim or the victim’s family may be able to seek damages from responsible parties, including:
- Drivers making left turns in front of the bicyclist
- Passengers opening doors into a bicyclist’s path
- Anyone responsible for poor road conditions
- Anyone responsible for obstructing a bike lane
- Drivers who speed
- Drivers who do not give bicyclists a three-foot berth
How Do Those Liable Try to Get Out of Paying Their Fair Share?
Insurance companies responsible for paying out benefits to victims of bicycle accidents often try to pay as little as possible. They may pounce quickly, trying to get victims or their families to sign releases or make statements that cause victims to lose their rights to coverage for serious medical conditions. The same goes for other parties who may be at-fault for an accident. Even though Florida is a no-fault insurance state, when bicycle accident injuries are really bad, or result in the wrongful death of accident victims, it’s common for everyone involved to try and point the finger at someone else. Sometimes, they even try to blame the victims, who often cannot speak for themselves.
To avoid becoming a victim of these tactics, it can help to have an experienced Florida bicycle accident attorney by your side who protects your rights and steers you away from falling prey to people trying to avoid paying their fair share.
How Much Will a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Cost Me?
The last thing bike accident victims want to worry about is how they are going to pay for an attorney to protect their rights. At Sibley Dolman, we understand that concern, and in appropriate cases we may agree to represent bicycle accident victims on a contingency fee basis in which our client pays nothing out of pocket and we receive payment for our fees and the court costs we advance only out of any settlement or jury verdict we obtain on our client’s behalf.
Call the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Sibley Dolman
If you or a loved one is the victim of a bicycle accident, the experienced bicycle accident lawyers at Sibley Dolman’s Ft. Lauderdale office may be able to help. Call us today at (754) 208-1130 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.
100 SE 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394
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