At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we understand the devastating toll that a bicycle accident can take on your life. We know that you have bills to pay and that you may be out of work while you heal. If another party’s actions led to your losses, their insurer could be liable for your medical bills and other damages. We want to help you seek the financial awards you need to take care of yourself and your family during this difficult time.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, a Punta Gorda bicycle accident lawyer from our firm can assist you with filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. We are here to help you with every step of your case. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733.
Motorists and Bicyclists Must Share the Road
To keep everyone safe, motorists and bicyclists must share the roadway, obey traffic laws, and uphold their duty of care.
All Motorists Have a Duty of Care
If a motorist’s negligence resulted in your accident and injuries, you could hold them financially responsible for your damages by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Motor vehicle operators have an obligation to:
- Obey the speed limit
- Watch for bicyclists, especially at intersections
- Share the roadway
- Yield to bicyclists as they would other vehicles
- Not consume alcohol or drugs before or while driving
- Pass bicyclists safely and with ample room
- Avoid distracted driving
You typically have a four-year period to file a lawsuit against a negligent party, per Florida Statute § 95.11.
Bicyclists Must Also Uphold Their Duty of Care
Bicyclists must also follow the law in order to protect themselves and others.
According to Florida Statute § 316.2065, bicyclists must:
- Assume the same rights and duties as all other road users
- Wear a helmet if they are under the age of 16
- Not attach themselves to any other vehicle while on the roadway
- Use the bicycle lane if one is available
- Use a front lamp between sundown and sunup
- Yield to pedestrians
These regulations are just a handful of those outlined in the statute. Yet, if you were violating a bicycle regulation at the time of your accident, you still may be able to pursue compensation.
Under Florida Statute § 768.81, you can recover a percentage of your damages even if your actions contributed to your injuries. There is no fault threshold in Florida, which means you may seek damages even if you are 99 percent responsible for your accident. However, your settlement will be reduced by the amount of fault assigned to you.
Bicycle Accident Injuries Can Be Serious and Expensive
Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries, including lacerations, bruises, broken bones, and neck and spinal injuries. One of the biggest threats to bicyclists during a crash is head injuries. Even with a helmet, the force of a crash could result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially if the rider is thrown from their bicycle.
Bicycle accident injuries can lead to medical expenses and a loss of income. Our team can examine the impact of your bicycle accident on your life and calculate the cost of your damages accordingly.
To learn more about the legal action you can take after a bicycle accident in Punta Gorda, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733.
Our Team Can Help You Secure Financial Recovery
If you have serious injuries, we believe that the party that caused them should pay for your expenses. A Punta Gorda bicycle accident lawyer can help you seek compensation from the liable party.
You could receive financial awards to pay for your medical care, including:
- Emergency treatments
- Surgical procedures
- Rehabilitation services
- Physical therapy
- In-home nursing
- Mobility aids, like wheelchairs
- Past and future healthcare needs
Your attorney can also recover the cost of your lost wages, reduced future earning capacity, and damaged property. You may also seek reimbursement for mental health complications, pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurement.
Compensable Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
Bicycle accidents have a high rate of fatalities. If you lost a loved one because of a crash, you may be eligible to seek awards for their passing.
Some recoverable losses include:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance
- Loss of household benefits
- Loss of income and inheritance
- The decedent’s final healthcare expenses
- Funeral, burial/cremation, and memorial costs
If you are ready to take action, reach out to the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine as soon as possible. We will make every effort to settle your case outside of court, but if a lawsuit is necessary, we can litigate on your behalf.
The statute of limitations only gives you two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit, so call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today.
We Will Go the Extra Mile for You
A Punta Gorda bicycle accident lawyer is here to handle your case. Life does not stop just because you are hurt or grieving. We know that you want to seek compensation, and we are here to assist you.
If you work with our team, you pay us nothing up front or out of pocket. We only collect our fees if we win your case. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to start a free, no-obligation case review.
We Can Help.