Bicycle accidents can be devastating. The injuries are usually severe, and you are often left with extensive medical fees and a loss of wages. However, you may be eligible for compensation if you were involved in a Florida bicycle accident.
How We Can Assist You With Your Bicycle Accident Case in Palm Bay, FL
Many people assume they can handle an accident case alone. And while the law does not require you to have a Palm Bay injury lawyer, legal representation from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offers all the following. If you decide to handle your case alone, you must handle everything on your own.
Bicycle cases are often very complicated. Both parties assume the other party is at fault and it can be difficult to determine who is right. We offer a free consultation to determine whether you might have a valid case and to determine the hurdles you might face throughout the process. The complimentary consultation also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about what to expect from the legal process.
Determine Your Available Options
The first avenue we will take is filing a claim with your personal injury protection (PIP) policy. If the cost of those injuries exceed the limits of that policy, we can explore whether you are able to hold another party liable for your injuries.
If so, we will handle all aspects of building the case against the driver or other liable party.
Seek Compensation for Damages from Your Bicycle Accident
It is important that you recover damages for your bicycle-related injury. We will assist you in seeking compensation for all costs associated with your injury including:
- Medical bills
- Emergency department fees
- Expected future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Rehabilitation costs
- Home renovation costs to meet new physical demands
The specific damages, however, will depend on the details of your bicycle accident case. The insurer or judge will look at all damages and costs incurred, as well as previous accidents with similar details to determine the fair compensatory amount.
Proving Negligence in a Palm Pay Bicycle Accident
To recover compensation for your injuries, we must prove the other party behaved negligently. This might include any of the following actions:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to look for bicycle riders
- Failure to yield to riders
- Entering a bike lane
- Improper safety equipment
- Improper maintenance of bike paths and roads
We will investigate your accident to determine exactly how it happened and to establish the other party behaved negligently.
This involves establishing a duty of care (e.g., the driver had a duty to drive safely), the driver’s breach of duty (e.g., the driver entered your bike lane and sideswiped you), the breach caused your accident and injuries (e.g., the driver hit you, causing you to suffer a spinal cord injury), and you suffered damages.
Protect You from the Insurance Company
The insurance company may do what it can to avoid paying you what you deserve. It may offer you a low settlement or trick you into admitting fault. Our team has decades of combined experience dealing with insurance companies. We know what tactics to anticipate and how to defend against them.
Handle All Communication/Negotiations
Many injured bicyclists just accept the first settlement offer they receive because they do not know that they might be entitled to much more. At Anidjar & Levine, we do not let that happen. We will negotiate with the insurance company until it offers you the compensation you deserve.
If it refuses to do so, we can file a lawsuit and take your case to court. We will build a convincing case to prove that you deserve damages. If the judge or jury agrees, they will determine the value of your case and order the defendant to pay you.
It is important to note that while we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve, we will never accept a settlement without first discussing it with you. We keep you active in the decision-making process from start to finish.
Do Not Risk Losing Your Right to Recover Compensation
It is important to file your bicycling accident lawsuit within Florida’s statute of limitations. Otherwise, you could lose your eligibility to claim compensation. Florida requires injured parties to file all lawsuits within four years of the date of the accident. Contact an injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for investigation of the case.
Work With a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Palm Bay, FL Today
Working with a lawyer who is familiar with Florida bicycling laws can help ensure you receive fair compensation. Contact one of our bicycle accident lawyers in Palm Bay, FL, today at 1-800-747-3733.
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