Riding a bicycle can be an easy way to get around town or a fun hobby. In Florida, bicycles are legally allowed to share the road with other motor vehicles. Due to the lack of protection and slower speed, accidents involving bicycles can result in severe injuries or even death.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a West Palm Beach bicycle accident, you may be able to hold the at-fault party responsible for your medical bills and other damages.
The team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers is here to fight for your rights. Our team offers one-on-one, compassionate legal care to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Speak to a West Palm Beach bicycle accident lawyer today by calling 561-899-5020.
Common At-Fault Parties in a West Palm Beach Bicycle Accident
The first step in any personal injury case is determining who is at fault for the accident. In the case of a West Palm Beach bicycle accident, there may be several at-fault parties. These parties might include:
- A driver on the road, if they were not following traffic laws
- The occupant of a parked car, if they opened the door into a bike lane
- The municipality that paved or repaired the roadway or trail
- The manufacturer of the bicycle, if there was a defect
- The shop who repaired the bicycle, if the bike was unsafe due to their repairs
- The manufacturer of safety equipment, if defects to a helmet or other safety device caused your injury
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Damages You May Recover in Your West Palm Beach Bicycle Accident
Damages refer to the financial and physical impact of an accident. In bicycle accidents, we pursue compensation to cover a wide range of damages, including those listed below. The actual amount you may recover can vary widely and will be based on the details of your West Palm Beach bicycle accident.
After a West Palm Beach bicycle accident, you may be facing weeks or months of hospitalization or rehabilitation therapy. We will pursue compensation for all the medical bills you accrue due to the accident.
Personal Property Damage
If your bicycle or other personal property was damaged in the accident, we will pursue the cost to repair or replace those items. For example, we may seek compensation to replace your helmet, smartphone, or bicycle attachments.
Loss of Wages & Employment Benefits
If you miss days or even weeks at work due to your injuries, we will pursue back pay for the income you lost. If you are unable to return to work, we may seek the loss of future wages and employment benefits, such as employer-provided health care.
Pain and Suffering
Life after a severe injury can be painful both physically and mentally. You may be too afraid to ride a bike, or you may suffer from depression or anxiety. We will pursue compensation for all the physical and emotional impacts of your accident.
After a bicycle accident in West Palm Beach, you want a lawyer who is willing to fight for you. Call our team at 561-899-5020 to discuss your case today.
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Wrongful Death Claims Following a West Palm Beach Bicycle Accident
In some cases, a bicycle accident may be so severe that the victim does not survive the crash. In these tragic scenarios, the family or loved ones of the victim may be eligible to pursue a wrongful death case.
We understand that compensation cannot bring your loved one back to you. However, a claim may protect the financial future of your family and give you the room you need to grieve.
In addition, a wrongful death claim holds the at-fault party liable for their reckless behavior and may protect other lives. The damages available to West Palm Beach families through a wrongful death claim include:
- Funeral expenses
- Burial or cremation costs
- Medical bills
- Personal property damage
- Loss of companionship or support
- Future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
For more information about filing a West Palm Beach wrongful death case, contact the team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at 561-899-5020.
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Statute of Limitations for West Palm Beach Bicycle Cases
The state of Florida gives all accident victims a total of two years to file a case in court for any action founded on negligence, which includes most West Palm Beach bicycle accidents. This means you must file a lawsuit against the at-fault party within two years of the date of your accident.
There are very few exemptions to the statute of limitations, so it is imperative that you work with a legal team to file a case before this deadline expires.
For a free legal consultation with a Chalik & Chalik lawyer serving West Palm Beach, call (561) 899-5020
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Bicycle accidents can impact the life of the victim and their family for years. In addition to the physical scars, the emotional scars can last for years. Let us help you navigate the personal injury process and fight for your right to compensation.
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers is a family-owned law firm committed to offering one-on-one legal care. You will work directly with our owners Jason and Debi Chalik, not with lower level associates with less experience.
After a West Palm Beach bicycle accident, you want an experienced legal team who is committed to fighting for you. Let us be there for you. Call our office today at 561-899-5020 for a free review of your potential case.
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