If you suffered an injury in a bicycle accident, you know the uphill battle you now face. Bicycle injuries are some of the most severe injuries a person can suffer because the bike itself offers little to no protection. Even if you wore a bicycle helmet, you likely still suffered severe and potentially life-threatening injuries. You may even face a lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability.
When this occurs, you need someone on your side that can take the legal burdens off your shoulders. You have enough on your plate simply putting your life back together again after a bicycle accident. You shouldn’t also deal with sly insurance adjusters or aggressive creditors.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, has considerable experience representing injured cyclists. Our bicycle accident attorneys let insurance companies know we won’t let them lowball our clients. We know the best way to obtain compensation is to diligently pursue maximum compensation
Filing a Florida Bicycle Accident Claim
Our attorneys must first clearly establish who the at-fault party is when filing a bicycle accident claim or bicycle injury lawsuit. This means we must identify who caused your accident and hold them accountable for paying your bills and the damages you suffered. This often involves diving into the bicycle laws in your state. After all, the “at fault” driver’s insurance company will likely try to claim that you also broke the rules and are at least partly to blame for the accident.
Important Florida Bicycle Laws You Should Understand
Different states have established unique laws regarding bicyclists, but generally, they define a bike as a vehicle and its’ rider as a motorist. This means that bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities on the roadway as any other vehicle driver. Cyclists must adhere to the same traffic laws as motorists, and motorists must know when cyclists share the roadways.
Typically, bikers are required to ride in a designated bicycle lane or, when there is none, in the far right-hand lane of traffic. However, an exception to this rule allows cyclists to exit their designated lane if conditions in the roadway would make continued travel in that lane unsafe. If, for example, a vehicle is parked in the bicycle lane or the cyclist sees a large pothole ahead, they are permitted to move to avoid the obstacles and the inevitable bike crash safely.
Florida Helmet Laws May Influence Your Bicycle Accident Lawsuit
States have different helmet laws to protect the rider’s skull in case of a fall or accident. They help prevent injuries ranging from minor but painful skin scrapes to the face to severe traumatic brain injuries resulting from a decisive blow to the skull. We encourage bicyclists to take a look at our list of the best and worst bicycle helmets.
Given these helmet laws, many cyclists may believe they are not entitled to compensation for damages following a crash simply because they were not wearing a helmet. This is not always the case. If you were not wearing a helmet during your injury, call our bicycle accident lawyers for a free case evaluation to learn your rights and the potential compensation.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles are a great way to exercise, save the environment, and save money. However, a serious crash during a leisure ride or commute can result in traumatic injuries. No rider should pay out-of-pocket for medical costs due to a drunk, aggressive, negligent driver, distracted, or drowsy driver. While negligent drivers are at the core of most bicycle crashes, other things go wrong on your ride; for example, a defective or misplaced part or poor design can contribute to your life-altering crash.
At Dolman Law Group Accident Personal Injury Lawyers, we support cyclists who suffer injuries due to the negligence of others. Negligent parties can include other drivers, bicycle repair shops, or manufacturers. Negligence is a core component of personal injury cases. We investigate bicycle accidents to determine liability for our client’s damages. If you suffered serious harm due to someone else’s carelessness, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Some of the more common causes of bicycle accidents include:
Driver Inattention Can Lead to Serious Bicycle Accident Injuries
The driver’s inattention causes most vehicle-bicycle accidents. Distracted driving habits like texting, changing the radio station, or eating, take the driver’s focus away from the road and the surrounding area, making it challenging to notice cyclists sharing the roadways. Additionally, these distracted driving habits make it more likely that the driver may swerve while traveling down the road and possibly sideswipe a cyclist, particularly in areas where no designated bike lane exists.
Drivers may also severely injure bicyclists even when their car is in park, like in dooring accidents where an inattentive driver opens their car door into the path of a bicyclist. When a negligent motorist injures a cyclist, the motorist’s insurance policy via the applicable insurance company is on the hook for the damage.
Failure to Yield to Bicyclists May Cause Devastating Bicycle Accidents
Many drivers fail to realize that bicyclists are accountable to the same traffic laws as motor vehicles and are considered vehicles just like them. This means bicyclists have to respect the right of way, observe signs, and utilize the road according to cars’ regulations. On the other hand, bicyclists should be afforded the same care one has with other motor vehicles since the same laws apply. This means that bicyclists can have the right of way.
Unfortunately, many drivers treat bicyclists more like pedestrians than other vehicles that should be afforded the same care, leading to many bicycle accidents every year. One prevalent cause of bicycle accidents is failure to yield to bicyclists with the right of way. This happens when drivers make turns, use roundabouts, or even drive down the same road as bicyclists. Failure to observe the right of way, even with bicyclists, absolutely can make a driver liable for the damage they cause a bicyclist if they collide with them.
Bicycle Accidents Involving Drunk Driving or Hit & Run May Cause Serious Injury
The popularity of bicycling around scenic and downtown areas also increases the risk of cyclists sharing the road with motorists (or even other cyclists) drinking alcohol. Collisions involving DUIs present a unique set of circumstances, particularly where the drunk driver flees the crash scene for fear of criminal prosecution or monetary liability.
While hit-and-run drivers may be difficult to track down, it is not necessarily impossible. If a hit-and-run driver strikes you, call 911 as soon as you can. In addition to law enforcement, your bike accident lawyer can work to help find the negligent party and bring them to justice. If the hit-and-run driver cannot be located, the cyclist’s own uninsured motorist insurance policy or health insurance may compensate the victim for the bodily injury.
Aggressive Drivers Can Be Held Liable for Bicycle Crashes
Aggressive actions such as purposely running a cyclist off the road, yelling, or throwing objects can cause a crash. No one should suffer extreme physical, emotional, and financial stress due to the impatience or anger of another person.
Far too many bicycle crashes occur because of other drivers who:
- Do not want to share the road.
- Do not believe they must share the road.
A driver who changes lanes without signaling or runs a red light can face liability for your harm. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, aggressive driving can escalate into road rage. If your injuries resulted from a driver who failed to share the road responsibly, we could help you. The medical costs you incur and the impact on your career are unfair and worthy of a fight for compensation.
Dangerous Road Conditions Are a factor in Some Bicycle Accidents
Another critical consideration in vehicle-bicycle crashes is that the car driver is not always the only person who can be held legally liable for the accident. In some cases, dangerous road conditions or low visibility areas due to poor maintenance may also be blamed.
In these cases, the bike riders may also have a claim against the government agency responsible for maintaining the roadways and traffic control devices. It is also possible that the bicycle itself caused or contributed to the cyclist’s injuries if it was not properly manufactured or designed. In these instances, the injured party may have a claim against the companies that designed and built the bicycle.
A Dolman Law Group bicycle accident lawyer will investigate every possible cause of your catastrophic injuries. Our bicycle accident attorneys will fight for your rights to recover from all responsible parties. Not all accident attorneys are the same. When selecting a bike accident attorney, be sure the lawyer or law firm has experience handling similar cases. We have experienced bicycle accident attorneys who will fight to get you the necessary medical care.
Bicycle Accident Injuries Are Often Catastrophic
According to the National Highway Transportation Authority (NHTSA), vehicle versus bicycle accidents resulted in 677 cyclist fatalities in one recent year. That number accounts for two percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States. In addition to deaths, motor vehicle collisions injured about 38,000 cyclists. However, only about 10 percent of all vehicle-bicycle injuries are reported to the police, so the number of injuries is probably much higher.
Bicycle accidents are rampant in Florida and produce potentially catastrophic crash injuries. Cyclists are sometimes called vulnerable road users. This term relates to the limited protection available in a crash. Cyclists have no physical protection in a bike crash outside of a helmet. This exposure can result in severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Minor injuries include skin scrapes, bruises, and sprained appendages.
The hard impact of striking the pavement, a building, or a vehicle can often result in more severe bicycle injuries, such as:
- Fractures or broken bones
- Road rash
- paralysis or disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries
- Herniated discs and back injuries
- Damage to internal organs such as kidneys, spleen, and liver
- Traumatic brain injuries (despite helmet use)
Protect Your Bicycle Accident Lawsuit By Seeking Medical Assistance
This is not a complete list of the injuries possible in a bicycle crash. The best way to reduce the risk of compounding your injuries is to seek prompt medical treatment so that a healthcare professional can evaluate your injuries and administer the appropriate care.
Additionally, this protects the integrity of your bicycle accident claim. If you seek medical treatment promptly, insurance companies will have a difficult time claiming that you exaggerated your injuries or failed to mitigate your damages, two situations where your bicycle accident claim could be reduced or even dismissed.
What Are The Common Types of Bicycle Accidents?
Unfortunately, bicyclists are vulnerable to a variety of accidents that may end in serious injury. In many cases, the negligent driver failed to yield the right of way to a bicyclist, resulting in a crash. When riding a bike, cyclists should always remember to ride with the flow of traffic, observe lights and stop signs, and stay in the bike lane whenever possible. Some types of common bicycle accidents include:
- dooring bicycle accidents
- right hook and left hook bicycle accidents
- right or left cross collision
- rear-end collisions
- intersection accidents
What Damages Can I Recover in a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
A tragic crash can affect your relationships, career, and overall quality of life. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, you or a loved one may need a lifetime of care. The long path to recovery can include both financial and non-economic costs.
Economic costs can usually be easily enumerated because they come with price tags, while non-economic damages are just as valid but can be more subjective to evaluate. For example, a bicyclist who suffers a compound leg fracture would likely incur economic damages like the cost of surgery and mobility aids, as well as non-economic costs like the emotional toll of a painful recovery.
Dolman Law Group is committed to ensuring that the full scope of our injured client’s damages are recognized in their final settlement. This dedication and diligence help us obtain maximum compensation for our injured clients. We will seek to obtain bicycle accident settlements and awards that include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Lost promotions
- Medical expenses (both past, present, and future)
- Long-term care
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
In the event of a fatality, the surviving family members of the deceased cyclist may recover from the negligent party under your state’s wrongful death statute.
Families Can Recover Damages in Fatal Bike Crash Lawsuits
If you lost a loved one in a fatal bicycle crash, contact us to learn if you qualify for legal action. State laws are specific as to who may file wrongful death lawsuits. In addition, a member of our team can determine if your relationship with the deceased qualifies you for pursuing compensation for your loss and damages. Trying to handle your case alone only adds to your stress. Let us take the burden of:
- Investigating the accident
- Determining liability
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Proceeding to trial if necessary
As wrongful death attorneys, we are on your side during your time of grief. We treat our clients with compassion as they mourn the sudden and unexpected loss. Compensation can never replace your loss; however, it can help pay funeral expenses. The loss of income from a spouse or loss of inheritance for children is another possible type of compensation.
A wrongful death case is emotional for family members and complex regarding state law, so it is best to have an expert wrongful death attorney on your side to explain the process and interpret complex legal jargon.
How Much Is My Bicycle Accident Case Worth?
No matter where you live in the United States, motorists should see bicyclists throughout their towns and rural roads, especially in downtown and beach areas. While biking is a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation, it can prove deadly when a collision occurs between a bike and a motor vehicle.
If a careless motorist crashed into you while riding your bicycle, or killed a loved one, call the bicycle accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group for a free case evaluation to see if you can recover compensation for injuries or losses you suffered. A bike accident can turn into a liability battle with the applicable insurance company. The sooner we get involved, the better.
Most injured cyclists want to know how much their case is worth. This is a difficult question to answer because so many factors affect the total settlement or award. Those factors include:
- The extent of your injuries
- The long-term impact of your injuries
- Disabilities suffered
- Amount of time missed from work
- Pain and suffering
- Liability of the other driver
- Multiple parties to blame
We want to hit the ground running and begin investigating the bicycle crash from day one. It is essential to get witness statements while their memory is fresh and collect evidence before it disappears. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, our bicycle accident attorneys will work tirelessly to investigate your accident and identify all liable parties. We then work with your medical team and other experts to determine how your injuries will affect your life and future.
Why Should I Hire a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
We know from talking to thousands of clients that all of them are wondering, “At what point do I need to hire a personal injury attorney?” All too often, injured cyclists attempt to handle claims and negotiate with insurance companies independently. Insurance carriers are not on your side- not even your own uninsured motorist insurance carrier. The insurance adjuster’s job is to settle your bike accident claim for the smallest amount of money possible.
A bike accident attorney’s job is to obtain full compensation for your claim and make you whole or as close to being whole again as possible. So while they may agree to cover your medical bills resulting from an accident, they may refuse to pay for additional expenses such as loss of income or pain and suffering caused by the crash. This leaves many injured cyclists grossly under-compensated, with no way to continue earning income and providing for their families.
Accepting an insurance settlement offer without consulting with an attorney first is risky. Your acceptance can prevent you from pursuing legal action in the future, should your medical condition decline. A bicycle injury lawyer from our firm can fight for the compensation you both need and deserve. The careless actions of the party responsible for your bicycle crash make them a real danger to other cyclists. Let us help you hold those liable accountable for their negligence.
Why Should I Choose Dolman Law Group to Help With My Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
After being severely injured in a bicycle accident, you may be unsure what your next steps should be. You need a trusted source of legal advice to guide you through the process of filing a bicycle accident lawsuit. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group represent your bicycle accident lawsuit, not insurance companies. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of our clients effectively, and we are not afraid to take your case to trial if a just resolution cannot be met.
The bike accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group have a combined 115 plus years of experience handling injury claims with licensed local counsel. We have handled over 10,000 personal injury claims and have recovered $175 Million for our clients via insurance claims and lawsuits since 2009.
We keep our clients updated as we proceed with their cases. Our door is always open should you have questions. We will not stop fighting until we secure the best possible outcome for your case. Our clients’ care differs from the firm resolve we use with insurance companies.
Dolman Law Group Delivers Outstanding Results
We know you have many choices when selecting a law firm to represent you. Our bicycle injury lawyers have an exceptional track record of success representing injured cyclists in cities. We can help you get money to pay for your treatment and damages.
Many injured bicyclists choose Dolman Law Group to represent them based on recommendations from friends who previously used our services to obtain maximum compensation for damages. We provide prospective clients access to these testimonials so they can see for themselves the quality of service we provide. At Dolman Law Group, our clients are the priority, and the results we produce reflect that sentiment.
Before selecting a bicycle accident lawyer near you, allow us to meet with you and show you what we can do. We can then explore your legal options with you. Our law firm offers FREE initial consultations and reviews to quickly get the answers you need.
Issues to Consider Before Selecting a Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Whether you choose as your bicycle injury lawyer, you should consider five important issues before hiring legal representation.
Dolman Law Group Will Relentlessly Pursue a Fair Settlement
When you are seeking a dependable bicycle accident lawyer to represent you, you should look for a reputable law firm with a track record for taking cases to trial when negotiations stalled. Insurance carriers, by nature, are unfair. Their goal is to limit payouts to injured bicyclists.
Insurance carriers keep detailed records on all law firms they deal with. They know which law firms have a reputation for aggressively prosecuting cases when necessary and the attorneys or firms that tend to leave money on the table. Since insurers are often large entities (some are publicly traded), their sole goal is to return maximum profits to their shareholders.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers maintains a nationwide litigation practice with offices on both coasts. We handle cases throughout the nation with local counsel in specific jurisdictions. Our colleagues often send us their most important and most complicated cases because they know we can win.
Dolman Law Group Can Assist With Medical Treatment Issues for Bicycle Injuries
After a bicycle accident, many law firms simply want to make a quick settlement. This leaves money on the table, which can financially burden injured bicycle accident victims and their families. Our bicycle injury lawyers assist our clients with obtaining competent and convenient medical treatment.
Additionally, we aim to ensure our clients are not left with medical bills upon resolving their claims or personal injury lawsuit. We will help establish who the actual at-fault party is in your accident.
Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers Offer Unmatched Personal Attention
When you suffer an injury in a bicycle accident, you need a law firm that can devote time and attention to your case. Our law firm was built on referrals from delighted former clients. We accomplished this by providing personal attention, not just stating our firm does; as lip service.
Our clients are provided the cellphone number of the firm’s Managing Partners. We return calls and text messages. This is not a volume shop or television law firm where you might not get to speak with a lawyer and are simply passed off to support staff.
Dolman Law Group Has the Financial Resources to Succeed
Before you choose a bicycle injury attorney, ask yourself if they have the financial resources to take on the most prominent insurance carriers in the nation? At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we maintain an extensive credit line to retain the top experts and maximize the damages in the particular claim.
Our law firm has taken on the most prominent corporate giants, including Walt Disney World, Walmart, Target, Publix, Cash & Carry, Marriott, Bloomin’ Brands (Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grille, etc.), and every primary auto insurance carrier imaginable. You need a bicycle crash attorney with financial resources to take the case the distance.
Dolman Law Group Has Success Handling Bicycle Accident Claims Like Yours
Has the lawyer or auto accident law firm successfully handled similar bicycle accident claims? Bicycle accident injury claims are not the same as your run-of-the-mill car accident case. Liability is often disputed, and the car driver will state that the bicycle rider violated their right of way or failed to adhere to traffic rules.
Not all bicycle accident lawyers are of the same quality. Our bicycle injury attorneys have handled numerous injury claims and understand the top experts to retain to prove liability and damages. Please be sure to research their reviews and results.
FAQs About Bicycle Accidents and Bicycle Injury Lawsuits
What should I bring to a meeting with my bicycle accident lawyer?
Any information you may possess regarding your crash may help your case. Your lawyer must get to work as soon as possible. Providing them with the following can jumpstart your case and save valuable time:
- Crash scene photographs
- Contact information for eyewitnesses
- A copy of the official police report
- Copies of your medical reports and expenses
- Information regarding your wages and lost income
Severe injuries may prevent you from collecting this information. Your lawyer can gather the information they need to build your case in such a case. If you remember an important detail, your lawyer is a phone call or email away.
What are my rights as a Florida bicyclist?
Many of our injured clients who have been injured by someone else’s negligence have been fed myths about bicycle accidents, including the common misconception that failure to wear a helmet means you have forfeited your right to seek damages. The truth is, that Florida bicyclists have a right to be on the road. Even if you were partially at fault for the bicycle accident or weren’t wearing a helmet, you are likely still eligible to recover some damages if you were severely injured in a bicycle accident caused by another party’s negligence.
How Much Does a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Cost?
A bicycle accident lawyer, as well as other types of personal injury lawyers, works for a contingent fee that you pay after they get you compensation via a settlement or court award. Instead of paying by the hour, a personal injury lawyer takes their contingent fee as a percentage of the money they get you. This percentage often is around 33% with some variance but they figure this into negotiations in order to make sure you still receive adequate compensation. This means your lawyer has a vested interest in the outcome of your case and if they fail then 33% of zero is zero and you pay nothing.
Contact Dolman Law Group for Help With Your Bicycle Accident Lawsuit
At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we believe in supporting cyclists who enjoy the same road rights as others. While riders have the same rights and responsibilities as other road users, no rider should suffer a lifetime of pain due to negligence.
You can afford to work with us, as we accept clients on a contingency fee basis. This means we only collect our legal fees if and when we secure compensation for you. Get started on the path to accountability, justice, and possible compensation by contacting us today.
If you or someone you know has suffered a bike injury as a cyclist caused by a motorist’s negligence, faulty road conditions, or a poorly designed bicycle, please contact a bicycle accident attorney at Dolman Law Group for a free consultation and case evaluation. You can contact our firm by filling out an online form or calling us at (727) 451-6900.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 N Belcher Rd
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: (727) 451-6900
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