Our Attorneys Help Victims of Bicycle Injuries in Miami and Across Florida
Bicycle accidents can result in life-changing injuries and death due to lack of protection. When bicycle accidents are caused by negligence, the injured cyclist may be eligible for financial compensation. To find out if you qualify for compensation, contact the Miami personal injury lawyers at Baron & Herskowitz today. Our lawyers represent bike riders who are seriously injured in collisions with motor vehicles as well as those who are injured in accidents caused by defective bike parts.
Involved in a Bicycle Accident? Here is What You Need to Know
By law, vehicle drivers must share the road with bicyclists and must use caution when bicyclists are on the road. Yet, the vast majority of bicycle accidents are caused by cars or trucks that hit the bike rider – or – cause the rider to fall from their bike. It’s unfortunate, but many of the drivers who cause a bicyclist to wreck don’t even stop.
If possible, get medical help and document the crash:
If you are involved in a bicycle accident, it is important to document as much of the accident as possible so you can prove liability. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries and your bike if it is damaged. If the accident involves a motor vehicle, make sure to take down the license plate number as well as the insurance information of the driver. If there were witnesses, be sure to collect their names and contact information. It is always a good idea to call the police so the accident is documented and to seek medical attention, even if your injuries seem minor.
There is a 4 year statute of limitations:
In most bike accident cases here in Florida, accident victims will need to file a lawsuit within 4 years. While this may sound like a lot of time, it’s important to note that the longer the person waits to file a claim, the harder the case becomes. Memories of the accident fade. Witnesses are harder to reach. Evidence at the scene changes as people drive, bike or walk through the accident scene. Quick investigation by the bike wreck attorney will help ensure your evidence is protected.
You can sue the driver who caused your bicycle accident, but it’s complicated:
Florida bicycle accident cases can be complicated. Because bicycles are treated as vehicles and Florida is a no-fault state for accident claims, victims may need to file insurance claims against the person(s) responsible for the accident – which may include their auto insurance policy. And, they may even have to turn to their own car insurance coverage under their Personal Injury Protection (PIP) plan. Beyond that, if the injuries are deemed ‘serious’ – you can file a lawsuit against the responsible driver to recover medical bills, lost wages or earning potential and for pain and suffering. Our Miami bike accident lawyers can explain all of this to you.
Bike accident injuries – what can you sue for?
If you’ve been involved in a serious bike accident here in Miami or anywhere in Florida, you can sue the responsible party for damages caused by their negligence. This may include past and future medical expenses, doctor’s bills, surgeries, rehabilitation and therapy. It can include lost time at work or earning potential from your job. Additionally, you can be compensated for loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, disability and pain and suffering.
Bike accidents are common in Miami and across Florida:
Florida averages over 110 bicycle accident deaths each year along with thousands of accidents in which the victim suffered serious injuries. And Miami-Dade county leads the way. Hundreds of bicycle accident lawsuits are filed each year in Florida.
This is What Our Miami Bike Injury Lawyers Will Do For You
We know that many people hesitate when deciding to speak with an attorney about their bicycle accident. Our goal is to make the process of working with us easy. First and foremost, we have worked with hundreds of clients over the years. We understand the physical, emotional and financial difficulties faced by our clients and their families. We want to hear about your bicycle accident injuries so we can help.
√ We will answer your questions with a Free, No-Obligation Case Review:
: It all starts with a conversation. We want to hear what happened and are here to answer the questions that we know you must have. We can provide insight and direction for you – often within the first 10 minutes of our conversation with you. You’ll speak directly with an attorney. You won’t pay for us to review your case and there is no obligation to hire us. During this call, we’ll explain exactly how we would work on your behalf. This is important for people who have never needed to hire a personal injury lawyer and are unsure of how they can help.
√ We will thoroughly investigate your bike accident claims:
If hired to represent you, we will immediately begin working on a complete bicycle accident investigation – collecting police accident reports, talking to witness and getting statements, taking photos of the accident scene and much more. We want to establish exactly what happened to you, why it happened and how we can best begin to take legal action.
√ We will record all or your medical expenses:
Bike accidents often leave their victims facing terrible injuries and a lot of medical bills. We know these bills from doctors, therapists and the hospital can begin to pile up and it’s frightening to have to face this on top of trying to heal from your injuries. We’ll work to collect all expenses and communicate how we will address them.
√ We’ll represent you against the insurance companies:
Once you hire an attorney, it’s best to let us represent you in conversations with the insurance companies. We know their tactics and their desire to pay out as little as possible on bicycle accident claims. We’ve represented hundred of injured clients dealing with unsympathetic insurance adjusters and know what it takes to be successful on your behalf.
√ We don’t charge upfront legal fees:
Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee. That means we only get paid if we can help you recover money from a settlement or verdict. Most bicycle accident lawyers in Miami work this way. You won’t have to pay any upfront fees during your case, no matter how long it goes. We’ll explain this on our call together.
√ We’re focused on getting you the best compensation possible:
We know that mounting bills, lost work time and the pain and suffering you’re experiencing take a toll. Being compensated financially to the fullest amount can provide comfort and stability. Our goal is to work toward your success like we have for so many other clients.
Bicycle Accident Cases and Driver Negligence
The following are examples of driver negligence that can result in serious accidents and injuries that can lead to bicycle accident lawsuits for Miami residents:
- Failure to check for bicyclists before making a right turn
- Ignoring traffic signals such as pedestrian crosswalks, stop signs and stop lights
- Driver distractions such as texting or talking on a hand held phone while driving
- Reckless driving and speeding
- Driving while intoxicated
- Veering into the bike lane
Bike parts manufacturers may also be found negligent if a defective part results in an accident. At Baron & Herskowitz, we represent individuals that are injured in accidents caused by faulty brakes, defective bike tires, unsafe helmets and sticky gears. Even if you are unsure if the bike you were riding is defective, you should hold on to the parts and we can help you get it inspected.
Types of Bicycle Accident Injury Claims
At Baron & Herskowitz, we represent individuals who suffer serious injuries in bicycle crashes, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, paralysis
- Back and neck injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries
We also represent the families of persons who are killed in bicycle accidents caused by negligence.
Start Today with a Miami Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love is critically injured in a bicycle accident, you may be facing financial, physical and emotional challenges. At Baron & Herskowitz, we are familiar with the struggles you face and will serve as your advocates. We will help you recover the full amount of compensation you are entitled to so you can focus on recovering. To find out if you qualify to file a bicycle accident lawsuit, contact our law office today.
Read More About Miami and Florida Bicycle Accident Stats.
Orlando Sentinel: Florida is a killing field for cyclists
Miami New Times: Five Signs Miami Is a Nightmare for Bicyclists
People Powered Movement: Florida’s Complete Streets Aims to Eliminate Bike Accident Deaths
Florida Cycling Law Blog: Florida Drunk Drivers Are a Major Cause of Cycling Fatalities