With its year-round warm weather, abundant sunshine, and flat landscape, Miami offers an ideal location for bicyclists to enjoy their hobby. While bicycles are a fun and healthy way to get around the city, Miami’s sprawl and traffic present many dangers to cyclists. In a car-bicycle collision, the cyclist almost always comes in second place. Even a vehicle strike at slow speeds can lead to back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or other catastrophic damage for a bicyclist.
If you suffered injuries in a bicycle accident South Florida, a member of the personal injury team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can protect your rights. We help you pursue the compensation you deserve to pay for your medical bills, lost time at work, pain and suffering, and other damages. Let us handle the legal process and the insurance company negotiations so you can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting back to your life.
To schedule a free case evaluation with a bicycle accident lawyer in Miami, FL, call 1-800-747-3733 today.
Drivers Must Share the Road, but Many Do Not.
Drivers in Florida must share the road with bicycles. Cyclists must follow all the same rules of the road as motorists, including stopping at red lights, yielding the right of way, signaling for turns, and so forth. Bicyclists are even allowed to ride in traffic lanes when no bicycle lanes are available, though they must move as far to the right whenever possible to let faster traffic pass.
Unfortunately, a combination of ignorance and impatience keeps many drivers from peacefully coexisting with bicyclists on the road. Some of them are simply unaware that bicyclists have the same rights as they do. Others are aware but feel that bicyclists, who typically travel at slower speeds than motor vehicles, are a nuisance and in the way.
This situation can easily cause an accident. For cyclists, that is a particularly dangerous—potentially even lethal—situation.
How Do Car-Versus-Bicycle Crashes Happen?
Some of the most common types of bicycle accidents involving cars including the following.
Collisions at Intersections
Many bicycle accidents occur due to a vehicle strike at an intersection. Drivers often do not watch closely enough for bicycles or pedestrians when making a turn or proceeding through an intersection. These accidents can take the following forms:
- A “right cross”crash, where a driver turning right at an intersection strikes a bicyclist proceeding straight across the intersection; or
- A”t-bone” collision, where a driver proceeds through an intersection and strikes the side of a bicyclist crossing in front of them.
Other Types of Collisions
Bicyclists are also at risk for rear-end collisions. In this case, A car driver attempts to overtake a bicycle but does not leave enough room and strikes its rear tire, often causing the rider to flip off the bicycle.
Door clotheslines are another common scenario. This type of collision often occurs on busy streets and involves an occupant of a parked car opening a door into the path of an oncoming bicycle.
Were You in a Bicycle Accident Involving a Car?
Not all bicycle accidents involve cars, but those that do tend to share a few common characteristics. Most significantly, due to the size and weight difference between a car and a bicycle, the injuries to the bicyclist are often severe. Also, in a car-bicycle accident, the driver usually is at least partially at fault.
Sometimes both the car driver and the bicyclists share the blame for a collision. Because Florida follows contributory negligence rules, you can win damages even if you were partially at fault. If a car collided with your bicycle but you were distracted by your phone at the time, you could be partially to blame for the crash. If your share of the blame equals 20 percent, for example, you would receive 80 percent of your total damages.
What to Do After a Bicycle Accident in Miami
Bicycle accident injuries can be severe, requiring hospitalization, surgery, and potentially months or even years of therapy and rehabilitation. The medical bills from these services can accumulate quickly. Take action as soon as possible after a bicycle accident and hire an attorney who will protect your rights and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.
What Compensation Am I Eligible to Recover After a Bicycle Accident?
The legal team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine wants to help you recover the full damages for which you are eligible after a bicycle accident. We do not let our clients leave any money on the table. Before you accept a settlement offer from the driver who hit you or their insurance company, talk to us. Insurance company settlement offers tend to pay much less than what you could receive with an attorney negotiating on your behalf.
We have won substantial settlements for many of our clients in the Miami area. Your award might include some or all of the following damages:
- Medical costs, including both current and anticipated future bills from hospitals, surgeons, doctors, physical therapists, and more;
- Lost wages, which include any paychecks you missed out on during your recovery;
- Reduced earning capacity, which is your inability to return to the same level of work you were doing before the accident;
- Property damage, which compensates you for the full value of your bicycle and other personal property lost in the accident;
- Pain and suffering, which is money to compensate you for the physical and emotional pain you have experienced; and
- Punitive damages, or additional compensation to punish the responsible party if they were behaving recklessly or maliciously.
Call 1-800-747-3733 to Schedule a Free Attorney Case Evaluation Today.
The team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine wants to get started on your case right away. To schedule your free case evaluation, call 1-800-747-3733.