While the total number of bicycle accidents in Florida is low compared to other vehicle crashes, you might be surprised to learn that the overwhelming majority of these incidents cause serious bodily harm for the victim. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Crash Dashboard for St. Lucie County, over 95 percent of all bicycle accidents injure at least one victim. Based upon the size of a bicycle compared to the motorized vehicle, you can expect that the bicyclist is the one who gets hurt.
Fortunately, Florida law does provide you with legal options as the victim of a bicycle accident. It’s possible to recover monetary damages for your losses, but the claims process can be complicated. You can trust our team at Sholtes Law, PLLC to take on the challenges and get the compensation you deserve. Please contact our office to set up a free case evaluation with a skilled bicycle accident lawyer today. Some background information regarding your remedies may also be helpful.
Liability in Bicycle Accident Cases
These incidents are usually the result of driver error, so they fall under the legal concept of negligence in terms of liability. You need to prove that the responsible motorist breached the duty to drive safely, and this failure was the direct cause of the bicycle accident in which you were injured. To illustrate, some examples of driver negligence in bike collision cases include:
- Running red lights;
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Failure to yield to a bicycle rider;
- Improper lane changes;
- Texting, talking on the phone, and other forms of distracted driving; and,
- Many others.
Legal Process for Victims of Bicycle Accidents
The first step in most cases is to file a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company. While your right to compensation may seem obvious, keep in mind that insurers are for-profit businesses. You could encounter obstacles in the claims process, potentially leading to a denial or lowball offer to settle. Under the circumstances, you may need to file a lawsuit in court.
Our attorneys at Sholtes Law, PLLC will be at your side when dealing with an insurance company, including settlement negotiations and during litigation. We strive to obtain all forms of compensation allowed by law, such as:
- Costs of medical treatment, including surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, pain medications, and related care;
- Lost wages and future earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Emotional anguish; and,
- Losses based upon how your injuries affect your quality of life and personal relationships.
Set Up a Free Consultation with a St. Lucie Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a bicycle collision, please contact Sholtes Law, PLLC to learn more about your rights and remedies. You can schedule your no-cost case assessment by calling us at 855-534-2509 or filling out an online form. We help accident victims in St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Martin Counties throughout the legal process, from filing an insurance claim to settlement negotiations to litigation in court.