Florida is an extremely dangerous state for bicyclists. This is due to the presence of more elderly drivers, densely populated cities, and tourists who are unfamiliar with the roads. Although many cities are either adding or increasing the size of bike lanes, accidents still occur. If you’ve been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you have a right to seek compensation for damages.
Ehrlich & Naparstek, are bicycle accident attorneys, providing aggressive representation for bicycle accident injuries to the people of West Palm Beach, Stuart, Florida, the Treasure Coast and the entire state of Florida for years. We understand what it takes to build a strong case after a bicycle accident that was caused by driver negligence. Over 27 years experience. Ehrlich & Naparstek bicycle accident injury lawyers are avid cyclists fighting for injured cyclists. Partner, Matt Naparstek, is an avid cyclist who runs the Western Athletic Group, a group of over 400 cyclists. It’s our goal to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve for your bicycle accident injuries and ensure you get back on your feet as quickly as possible. Ehrlich & Naparstek are avid cyclists and bicycle accident attorneys who care about you and the devastating impact a bicycle accident can have on you and your family. Contact us today for a free confidential bicycle accident injury consultation at (561) 687-1717 or (772) 842-8822
Driver Negligence That Results in a Florida Bicycle Accident
According to Florida bicycle laws, cyclists have the same rights and duties as other motorists on the road. Unfortunately, when driver negligence leads to a vehicle/bicycle accident, the cyclist is usually the one who sustains major injuries. Even while wearing a helmet, a bicyclist can still sustain injuries that could lead to permanent disability. It is extremely important that you speak to an experienced bicycle accident attorney at West Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast.
Proving negligence is the primary goal when filing a personal injury claim after an injury. Some of the most common forms of driver negligence in bicycle accidents include:
- Failure to Yield to Cyclists
- Failure to Use Rear-view Mirrors When Backing Up
- Speeding or Reckless Driving
- Opening the Door of a Parked Car Without Looking for Cyclists
- Distracted Driving
- Driving While Intoxicated
These situations can result in a direct collision between a vehicle and cyclist. The rider may also be forced into traffic while trying to avoid an accident and end up being struck by another vehicle. Regardless of the scenario, these accidents can easily lead to serious injuries and even death.
Common Injuries Sustained in Florida Bicycle Accidents
Cyclists must take precautions while riding alongside traffic. Helmets, reflective clothing, and lights are all highly recommended. However, sometimes an accident comes out of nowhere and there’s nothing the cyclist can do to prevent it. This can result in a wide range of serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries sustained in bicycle accidents include:
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Bones
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Internal Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
If you’ve sustained any type of injury after a bicycle accident, it’s important you seek medical attention and follow up with your doctor’s recommended treatments. At Ehrlich & Naparstek, our attorneys will evaluate your injuries, medical bills, and any other damages such as lost wages to determine the right compensation to fight for. We are dedicated trial lawyers who will fight to get you full and fair compensation and justice for your injuries. If we don’t get an appropriate settlement from the insurance company, we’re not afraid to fight for your rights in a court of law.
Contact Our West Palm Beach & Stuart, Florida Bicycle Accident Attorneys Today
The attorneys at Ehrlich & Naparstek have the knowledge and experience needed to provide strong personal injury representation for victims of bicycle accidents. In fact, partner Matthew Naparstek is an avid cyclist. When Matt is not in the courtroom you will find him riding the streets of Palm Beach County, Martin County and the Treasure Coast on his bicycle. We have the first hand knowledge of the challenges and dangers cyclists face on the road. Bicycle injury lawyer Matt Naparstek leads a group of over 400 cyclists. At Ehrlich & Naparstek, we are a small enough practice to treat you like family, yet have the resources and dedicated team to take on even the largest insurance companies and corporations. This means we’re capable of providing personalized service while also fighting the hard to obtain compensation you deserve. Contact our bicycle accident attorneys today at (561) 687-1717 or (772) 842-8822 to schedule a free initial consultation.