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Representing Victims of Serious Bicycle & Cyclist Injury Accidents
Drivers are required to share the road. When they don't we hold them accountable.
Bicycling & cycling is a popular outdoor activity in sunny Florida, but unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous one. Florida leads the country in bicycle fatalities, with, on average, about 110 cyclist deaths per year. The majority of these fatalities involve a situation where a negligent driver sharing the road simply didn’t see the cyclist.
Cities, counties, and the state of Florida have made great strides in providing safety features on roadways to make it easier for bicyclists and drivers to “share the road”. Unfortunately, the safety of the cyclist depends on the drivers staying vigilant, attention, awake, and in control when approaching or passing a cyclist.
Common causes of bicycle accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Cross Walk Accidents
- School Zone Violations
- Highway Accidents
- Lane Merges
- Bicycle Lane Accident
- Intersection Accidents
- Loose Debris
- Direct Collisions
- Parking-Lot Accidents
If you are victim of a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another party, we are prepared to provide the experienced legal representation you need to build a case for the compensation you deserve. Our bicycle accident personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. What does that mean for you? If, and only if, we secure compensation—by way of a settlement with or a verdict against the defendant insurance company—only then will we take an attorney’s fee. There is no upfront cost to you.
Often, this is a relief for clients who tell us they’re already struggling to pay medical bills, sometimes while unable to work due to their injuries. We will deduct the reasonable costs of the case at the end of the settlement or verdict. We also must deduct the medical expenses and liens as well, though part of our job is to negotiate or reduce down the balance of your medical expenses and liens before paying them out on your behalf.
Common Injury Types for Bicycle Accident Cases
Each bicycle accident is unique, and each one may require a different investigative approach. The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. have a team of attorneys dedicated to evaluating all aspects of a bicycle accident from the physical evidence, police report, etc. Survivors of these accidents may face serious, life-altering injuries. In some cases, the victim may die or become permanently disabled as the result of their injuries. Injury types resulting from bicycle accidents may include, but are not limited to:
- Bruises, Cuts and Scrapes
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Muscle Sprains
- Fractures, Broken Bones
- Jaw, Chest, Rib, and Pelvic Damage
- Crushed Trachea/Larynx
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Broken Neck
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Severe Burns
- Permanent Sensory Deprivation (Vision, Hearing, etc)
Our bicycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. understand the vulnerabilities associated with cycling on public streets and the obstacles a rider may face of injured. Insurance companies try to convince people to accept their lowest offers, so it is imperative that you consult our team of experienced trucking accident attorneys on how to recover all the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to.
Liability & Damage Recovery
Drivers and property owners have a responsibility to ensure their actions don’t lead to the injury of others. People operating either a commercial or personal vehicle need to be careful to “share the road” and watch out for bicycle riders. Businesses that operate parks, parking lots, or other venues people might ride bikes should ensure their premises are safe and there are no hazards in the way of a bicycle rider. If these duties are ignored, others can be harmed due to negligent conduct. The driver or property owner at fault is then liable for bodily injury and any other damage that takes place as a result of their negligence.
If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident, the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. may be able to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to. Bicycle accident personal injury compensation may include:
- Hospital & Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Vehicle Damages
- Pain and Suffering
- Cost of Future Care
- Property Damages
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7 Steps To Take
Following a Bicycle Accident
Step 1: Stay on the Scene
Leaving the scene of an accident you are involved in, especially if some has been injured or even killed, is a criminal offense. Doing so could result in significant criminal charges and even jail time.
It is always best to wait for the appropriate time to leave, which will be indicated by a present law enforcement officer.
Step 2: Check on Everyone
First make sure that you are OK, and that you have not sustained any injuries. Some of your own injuries may not be immediately apparent, so be cautious before rushing to the aid of another.
If anyone on the scene needs emergency medical attention, contact an ambulance immediately.
If anyone is unconscious or in severe pain, do not move them unless they are in eminent danger, otherwise wait until qualified medical professionals arrive.
Step 3: Call the Police
The police deal with auto accidents frequently. Having a law enforcement authority on the scene will allow you to have an official police report filed detailing the occurrence, and ensure that the appropriate information has been exchanged.
Do not move your bicycle or the vehicles so that when the police arrive, the scene can be reported as accurately as possible.
Step 4: Gather Evidence
It is important to be as prepared as possible even in situations that seem less significant.
Don’t simply rely on the police report, but gather all the information necessary from drivers, which will include:
- Full Name
- Phone Number
- Drivers’ License Number
- Vehicle Registration Information
- License Plate Number
- Insurance Information
- Take Pictures!
If there are any passengers or witness, collect their names, phone numbers and addresses also. Makes sure to take pictures, and if possible draw a small diagram of the accident.
Take pictures of the accident site and of any damages to your bicycle or yourself as soon as possible. This helps ensure that you receive the appropriate amount of compensation for damage and help you recall details that might otherwise later escape your memory.
Step 5: Contact a Lawyer
A major bicycle accident is one of the most terrifying and stressful events that may occur in a person’s life. Besides having to deal with the pain of your injuries, there are other considerations, such as the damage to your bike and working with the insurance company that can become a headache for you to experience.
Contact an experienced attorney like the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. to represent you if you suffer a personal injury. A skilled attorney will be dedicated to serving your interests and can assist you in recovering financial compensation and additional aid for future expenses resulting from your injury.
Step 6: Get Medical Treatment
Sometimes due to the rush of adrenaline as a consequence of a major crash, your injuries may not be immediately apparent, as you may have sustained internal injuries that reveal themselves several days after the auto accident.
Make sure to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you don’t have insurance, and keep a detailed account of medical expenses which could bolster your case. You may be entitled to compensation for such expenses.
Our attorney team at Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. will actually guide you through this process, so that you get the appropriate treatment for your needs.
Step 7: Be Extra Cautious!
DO NOT admit fault or claim liability to anyone on the accident scene.
DO examine your surroundings, be vigilant or additional dangers, and document the scene to the best of your ability.
DO NOT call a “lawyer referral service” for help.
DO hire a lawyer who can refer you to medical treatment within 14 days of the accident.
DO NOT allow anyone to solicit you after an accident, either by phone or in person, to either hire an attorney or visit a clinic;
DO report the incident to the Division of Insurance Fraud at 1-800-378-0445. You may be entitled to a reward for the successful prosecution of solicitor crimes.
DO NOT sign anything you are uncomfortable signing nor agree to an insurance settlement prematurely.
DO ask any lawyer you are considering to hire for a free consultation.
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