Chalik and Chalik Injury Lawyers is a family-owned and operated Florida law firm that prides itself on representing clients with integrity and respect. If you suffered injuries in a bicycle accident and you can’t work, consider working with our Orlando bicycle accident lawyers.
Neither the other party’s insurance adjusters nor the attorneys representing them are under any legal obligation to work on your behalf. In fact, it’s just the opposite. They’re 100 percent working for the other party involved in your accident. They know the law, the vehicle code, and the claims process backward and forward.
Don’t you think you should have a team of trained professionals who know the vehicle code and claims process working on your behalf too? Our personal injury lawyers can help you understand your rights and fight for fair compensation for your financial damages and pain and suffering.
Bicycle Accident Injuries Can Be Severe and Fatal
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 379 bicycle accident injuries and 17 fatalities in Orange County in 2021. Our attorneys are familiar with helping victims and their families seek compensation for severe and fatal injuries, including:
- Spinal injuries
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Sprain and strains
- Bruising and lacerations (road rash)
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Facial injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
If you suffered injuries on West Orange Trail, Pleasant Hill Road Path, or on any other bicycle path or roadway in Orlando, we are here for you. We can help you recover the awards you need to pay for your medical care and other losses without sacrificing your family’s financial stability.
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How Could You Expect to Recover in Bicycle Accident Damages?
No two bicycle accidents are alike, which means your case is completely unique. That’s why you want to be sure you’ve got legal representation who will fight for you after a bicycle accident. That’s also why we recommend consulting with Chalik and Chalik Injury Lawyers.
Once we can get a full picture of the unique details surrounding your particular case, we can give you a better idea of how to proceed and how much your case may be worth.
Remember, anytime you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident (or any other kind of accident), there is a long list of potentially recoverable damages. A partial list of recoverable damages we will seek on your behalf includes, but is not limited to:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Ambulance bills
- On-going medical treatment (e.g., physical therapy, follow-up procedures, and long-term care services)
- Medications and medical equipment
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential if you suffered a permanent or disabling injury
- The cost of fixing or replacing your bicycle and other damaged property (e.g., cell phones, watches, jewelry, and electronics)
- Monetary awards for physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Economic and non-economic losses related to the wrongful death of a loved one
You Can Seek Awards With an Insurance Claim
Florida’s no-fault insurance system requires that most motor vehicle drivers carry personal injury protection insurance (PIP). If you have PIP coverage, it should extend to injuries you sustained while bicycling.
According to Florida Statutes § 627.736(a), your PIP pays for 80 percent of your necessary treatment as long as you seek care within 14 days of your accident, regardless of fault for your injuries.
Our lawyers can help you file a PIP claim. We can also seek awards under any other applicable coverage you have, such as protection against uninsured/underinsured motorists. Furthermore, if you have serious injuries or your treatment costs exceed your PIP, we could assist with a liability insurance claim or lawsuit against the liable driver.
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Causes of Orlando Bicycle Accidents Our Firm Often Sees
There can be several different causes of a bicycle accident. Motorists often do things like fail to check their blind spot, turn right in front of a cyclist, or open their door without first checking for an oncoming cyclist. Three factors in collisions involving bicycles and motor vehicles are:
Florida bicyclists have all the same rights and duties as motor vehicle operators under Florida Statutes § 316.2065, including the responsibility to travel with the flow of traffic. When bicyclists go against traffic, a crash can occur.
Motor vehicle drivers should allow bicyclists to travel in the same direction on roadways and bicycle lanes. They should also avoid tailgating, illegally passing, or passing too close to a cyclist.
Intersections and Driveways
Many motorist-caused bicycle collisions occur when a vehicle turns into the path of a cyclist pulling out from a cross street or driveway.
Bicycling at slower speeds could cause fewer collisions. This is because cyclists can stop more quickly when a motor vehicle violates their right-of-way. The vehicle’s speed is also significant. Higher speeds affect a car’s stopping distance, and high-speed collisions often result in more serious injuries.
While motorists may not intentionally cause accidents, it doesn’t mean they haven’t violated the vehicle code or local traffic laws in causing a bicycle collision. The degree to which the other party was reckless, negligent, or in violation of the vehicle code could potentially increase the amount of any compensation you receive.
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Proving Fault Can Be Difficult to Do Alone After an Orlando Bicycle Accident
Proving fault and recovering damages that result from a bicycle accident can be a tricky proposition for several reasons:
Several Parties May Be at Fault
First of all, there is the question of who you can sue for a bicycle accident. Then there is the fact that different jurisdictions in Florida have different laws regarding cyclists—and special provisions regarding hit-and-run accidents.
Chalik and Chalik Injury Lawyers have offices all over Florida, which means it’s very likely we’ve handled cases like yours.
The Other Party May Dispute Liability
If the other party contests fault and there are no witnesses to the accident, it may be difficult for you to convince them to accept their responsibility for the accident. In fact, they may decide to avoid contact with you altogether.
If you’re not in direct contact with the driver of the car in your accident, it doesn’t get any easier. At this point, it’s likely you’ll be dealing primarily with their insurance company adjuster or an attorney. In either case, remember that these trained professionals make a living resolving cases as quickly and cheaply as possible.
These are just a few reasons why consulting with Chalik and Chalik Injury Lawyers after a bicycle accident can benefit your case. We are proud to say that we’re a family-owned and operated firm. That’s why our founding partners personally handle every case we take. We will work directly with you to achieve the best resolution possible for your case.
For a free legal consultation with a Chalik & Chalik lawyer serving Orlando, call (407) 420-9838
How Chalik and Chalik Injury and Accident Lawyers Can Help You
If you sustained injuries in a bicycle accident, your first and most important job should be focusing on your physical recovery. You’re already in pain, and you could even be in the hospital. Chalik and Chalik Injury Lawyers focuses on making your financial recovery as complete and painless as possible.
While we can’t relieve the physical pain you may be experiencing, we can and will handle your case in a thorough, professional manner. We have offices all over Florida, and we’re willing to come to you to handle your case.
If you choose our Orlando bicycle accident lawyers to represent you, we will guide you through the maze of paperwork, medical bills, and phone calls. These obstacles can make the mental and financial aftermath of a bicycle accident seem more painful than your physical injuries.
Don’t Worry About Affording Our Legal Services After a Bicycle Accident
It’s no secret that legal bills can be expensive. That’s why your first question after a bicycle accident might be whether you can even afford a lawyer. The good news is that your first consultation with Chalik and Chalik Injury Lawyers is not only free, it’s convenient!
You can come to one of our many offices throughout Florida to discuss your particular case. If you can’t make it to one of our offices, we’re happy to come to Orlando to meet you!
Furthermore, we take cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means you don’t owe us anything unless and until we recover compensation on your behalf. That basically makes calling Chalik and Chalik Injury Lawyers after a bicycle vs. car accident a win-win situation.
Call Today to Get Help from an Orlando Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Contact us as soon as possible because the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit for a personal injury is two years from the date of the accident, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11. If your loved one suffered a fatal bicycle accident injury, the statute allows two years from their time of death to pursue a wrongful death case.
The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin analyzing the facts of your case and coming up with a strategy to get you the best possible outcome. We’re a community-based, family-operated law firm that will dedicate our resources to getting your life back on track after a bicycle accident. So, pick up the phone and give us a call. You’ve got everything to gain!
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