West Palm Beach Bicycle Accidents
A bicycle accident is a life-changing experience. From expensive medical bills to an extended recovery, it can feel like a never-ending ordeal. If you weren't responsible for the accident, the situation is even more upsetting. Not only must you try to rebuild your life, but you must also live with the knowledge that the entire problem could have been avoided. The last thing you need is the additional stress of being bullied and given the run-around from insurance companies. Our job is to give you peace of mind and be your partner through the process of getting you the compensation that you deserve. Fortunately, you may be able to recover some of your financial losses by filing a claim against the party responsible for the accident.
Common Injuries From Bicycle Accidents
Despite wearing the best helmets and other safety gear, bicyclists remain vulnerable to collisions with motor vehicles. After a car crash, a bicyclist may suffer catastrophic injuries. A head injury is the most common and often causes permanent disability. Other common injuries from bicycle accidents include:
- eye trauma from airborne objects like dirt or insects
- dental fractures
- facial contusions, soft tissue injuries and fractures
- fractured bones
- dislocated joints
- muscular strains
- road rash
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Bicycle Accident Claim Basics
Following an injury from a bicycle accident, the first step is to file an insurance claim with the party responsible for the accident, which may include an auto insurance policy. In some cases, this can also include the bicyclist’s auto insurance coverage, which may protect them even if they were riding their bike when involved in a motor vehicle accident. Once the bicycle accident claim is opened, an insurance adjuster will try to settle for as little money as possible. Oftentimes, the settlement offered by the auto insurance company won’t be sufficient to cover all expenses. The driver at fault for the accident may not have enough auto insurance coverage to provide you with adequate compensation, or they may not even have auto insurance. Consult an experienced bicycle accident attorney to ensure that all your rights are protected.
Consulting a bicycle accident attorney does not automatically mean you are filing a lawsuit. Depending upon the case, you may be able to negotiate an appropriate settlement with the insurance company outside of court. Other times, legal action will be necessary. Regardless of your situation, your attorney will work hard to make sure you get the settlement you deserve
Bicycle accidents occur in South Florida for numerous reasons, including rear-ending, left-cross, right-hook, pull-out, and dooring -- outcomes that are most often the result of distracted driving on the part of the motorist. If a motorist is talking or texting on their phone, or doing anything other than paying full attention to the road, they are distracted. Motorists have an obligation to obey driving laws and respect the right-of-way of all vehicles, including bicycles.
Other common causes of bicycle accidents in South Florida include dangerous road conditions, defects or malfunctions of the vehicle responsible for the bicycle accident, and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. If any of these factors played a role in the accident, victims can file a personal injury claim against the responsible party.
Do I Have A Case?
Are you dealing with a personal injury after a bicycle accident? Are you wondering whether you should file a claim? You might not be sure you have a case. A bicycle accident attorney can help you confirm whether you are entitled to a settlement, and how much you can expect to receive as compensation for damages you have suffered including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
According to Florida law, you must file a personal injury case within four years of the date of injury from the South Florida bicycle accident. If you fail to file, you could lose out on compensation for your injuries and trauma. Call DiBiaggio Law for advice on whether you have a case and help in filing your claim.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
We can't tell you how much your case is worth without learning the details. You'll need to be able to prove fault, detail your losses, and account for any pain or suffering you experienced in addition to financial damages. The limits on the driver's policy and your own insurance coverage will also affect the amount of your potential settlement.
Contact us at (561) 473-9800 or toll free at 844-443-1212 to talk to a DiBiaggio Law accident attorney who can help you build your case. We'll help you determine your possible compensation and guide you through your case