Bicycle accidents can lead to severe injuries, disability, or even death. The road to recovery is long and painful, requiring medical care, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. If someone’s negligence caused your cycling accident, you deserve financial compensation for your injuries and damages. Holding the at-fault party liable for the harm they caused sends a powerful message that may help other cyclists avoid suffering the same fate.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today to schedule a free consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer in Jacksonville, FL. We will work diligently to get you the fair financial compensation you deserve and the medical treatment you need to get your life back on track.
Call us now at 1-800-747-3733 to get started.
Bicycle Accidents Cause Devastating Injuries
In Jacksonville, bicycle accidents commonly occur because of cars, trucks, and busses striking the cyclist. In some cases, defective equipment can lead to an injury accident, as can road hazards such as potholes, construction equipment, and barricades.
Research from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) demonstrates that motor vehicle-bicycle incidents can occur because motorists fail to yield to the cyclist’s right-of-way.
Other common causes of cycling injury accidents include:
- Motorists driving in bike lanes
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Reckless driving
Sadly, some irresponsible drivers intentionally “buzz” cyclists, swerving to scare them. These intentional acts, if they result in an injury, may exceed simple negligence and cross the line into criminal behavior.
The most common injuries suffered by bicycle accident victims include:
- Internal injuries
- Concussion and head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and back injury
- Spine and nerve injury
- Amputation of digits or limbs
- Paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia
Many cycling injuries are life threatening or even fatal. Many more result in permanent or long-term disability.
The value of your bicycle accident injury claim will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries. However, the basis of your claim will include your medical care costs and lost wages to date, your property damage (typically your bicycle), the estimated future cost of your medical care and lost wages, and pain and suffering.
You may also claim the legal value of any long-term or permanent injuries or disability you suffered.
A Bicycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we are passionate about getting our personal injury clients the resources they need to get their lives back.
We will protect your legal rights and handle the entire claims process on your behalf, and we will ensure you get the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries.
We will begin by gathering all available evidence regarding your bicycle accident. This may include photos, videos, witness statements, the police report, and any other information we can obtain to prove the at-fault party’s liability.
We will also assemble information regarding your injuries as well as your medical care to date. We will call on medical experts to provide testimony about your prognosis and the type of care you will require in the future.
Submitting a Claim and Litigation
We will submit your claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company and begin the negotiation process with the insurer’s claims adjustors and legal representatives. In most cases, we can negotiate an acceptable settlement with the insurance company. Sometimes, however, if the insurance company will not negotiate with us in good faith, we will recommend filing a lawsuit.
If that happens, we will prepare your case for trial. We will use our extensive network of resources, including medical experts, safety specialists, accident scene reconstructors, and other subject matter experts to help us document your case.
Throughout the process, we will be there for you, to answer your questions and help you get the resources you need. We will work tirelessly on your behalf and do everything in our power to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.
Determining Who Had Fault for Your Bicycle Accident
Our legal team will carefully analyze the details of your accident to determine fault. To prove legal liability, we will establish the at-fault party’s negligence by demonstrating that they owed you a duty of care and by violating that duty they caused the incident that led to your injuries and actual economic damages.
For example, motorists owe a duty of care to other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and anyone else who shares the roadways. If the at-fault party violated that duty of care by texting and driving, subsequently swerving and striking you on your bicycle, their breach of duty caused your accident. Consequently, the driver and their insurance company have liability for your actual damages.
Because Florida follows comparative negligence principles for personal injury liability, the insurance company may argue that you contributed to the accident by violating the law or riding carelessly. In that case, if they can provide proof that you contributed to the accident, it may reduce your settlement by your percentage of fault.
For example, if you bear 20 percent of the fault for the accident and the settlement award is $100,000, you will receive 80 percent of the amount, which is $80,000.
If your cycling injury resulted from a road hazard, we can pursue the municipality responsible for street maintenance or possibly construction contractors whose work caused the hazard. Alternatively, if a defective cycle led to your crash and subsequent injuries, we can explore the possibility of a product defect lawsuit against the bike’s manufacturer or retailer.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL
Do not talk to the insurance company or provide any statements until you consult with a bicycle accident lawyer, as you could inadvertently compromise your legal rights to seek compensation.
As soon as possible after a cycling accident, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to consult with a bicycle accident lawyer in Jacksonville, Fl to help you with your accident injury claim. We provide a free consultation and case review, to answer all your questions and explain your options. This allows you to make an informed decision about your future.
To schedule your free case evaluation, contact our office today at 1-800-747-3733.