Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Miami, FL
The consistently warm weather makes Florida a great place for bike riding. However, if you experience a bicycle accident, everything changes. You may acquire severe injuries and expensive medical bills.
How We Can Assist You with Your Bicycle Accident
It is normal to have questions following a bicycle accident. You may wonder how you will keep up with household bills while you recover from your injury. It can also be confusing to determine who was at fault for the accident and who should cover the costs. A complimentary consultation gives us the opportunity to get to know you and your case. It is an important step for us to help determine your next best legal steps.
It is not always clear who is at fault for a bicycle accident. Cyclists must follow the same rules of the road as drivers.
But traffic law violations are far from the only causes of bicycle accidents. Road conditions, poor road maintenance, and other factors may also be to blame. We can help you collect evidence to prove how the accident happened and who is at fault. Some evidence we may collect includes:
- Police reports
- Medical records
- Witness statements
- Expert witness statements
If necessary, we will also call on local experts to recreate the scene of the accident, further helping to establish fault and liability.
Getting You the Compensation You Deserve
Cycling accidents often lead to expensive medical bills, long recovery times, and lost wages. It is important for responsible parties to cover these costs. We will assist you in recovering these costs:
- Medical bills (past, present, and future)
- Lost wages
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future earnings capacity
- Property damages
Florida’s Bicycle Laws
Florida expects both automobile drivers and cyclists to share the roads in a safe manner. Failing to follow these rules can lead to a dangerous accident.
In addition to the laws of the road, Florida also expects cyclists to follow these laws:
- Appropriate lighting when cycling after sunset and before sunrise
- Avoiding wearing “noise cancelling” headphones while riding
- Only having the number of passengers on the bike it is designed for
- Using available bike lanes
Florida’s Bicycle Accident Statute of Limitations
To file a claim and be eligible for compensation, we must do so within Florida’s statute of limitations. All third-party bicycle injury cases must be filed within four years from the date of the accident. Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at 305-944-2035 for help with your case to ensure you stay within the statute of limitations.
Bicycle Accident Causes
Florida expects the automobile driver to exercise extreme caution when operating a vehicle near cyclists. Unfortunately, many bicycle accidents are the result of negligent driving.
These are some possible causes of bicycle accidents on Miami roads:
- Distracted or negligent driving
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to look for bicyclists
- Operating a motor vehicle in a bike lane
- Opening a door in the path of a bicyclist
- Failure to yield to a bicyclist
- Turning into a bicyclist’s path
Your bicycle accident case must establish the defendant’s fault and liability. Call a bicycle accident lawyer in Miami from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers for legal help.
Seeking Compensation for Injuries From a Bike Accident
If a driver caused the bicycle accident, you can pursue civil action against the negligent driver. You can file a third-party liability claim against the negligent driver, and you may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver. Injured bicyclists may also be able to collect compensation under their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
Working with a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with both the no-fault and bicycle accident laws in Florida can help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you are dealing with injuries from a bicycle accident in Miami, FL, we want to help. Call a Miami bicycle accident attorney today at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at 305-944-2035.