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
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:
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.
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:
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.
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In Florida, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is four years from the date of the injury. This means that if you've been injured, you have four years to initiate legal proceedings. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time frame, you may lose your right to seek compensation.
Florida operates under a no-fault insurance system. This means that after most traffic accidents, your own insurance policy will compensate you for medical expenses and lost income, irrespective of who was at fault. However, in severe injury cases, you might be able to step outside this no-fault system and file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule. If you're found to be partially at fault for your injury, your compensation may be reduced by a percentage equal to your share of the blame. For instance, if you're found to be 20% at fault, you can still recover 80% of your total damages.
In Florida, you can seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include tangible costs like medical bills and lost wages, while non-economic damages cover intangibles like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
The duration varies based on the complexity of the case, the parties involved, and the evidence. While some cases might settle quickly, others, especially those that go to trial, can take months or even years to resolve.
We operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only get paid if you win your case or secure a settlement. Typically, the fee is a percentage of the compensation you receive.
First, prioritize your safety and seek medical attention. Then, if possible, document the scene, take photographs, gather witness information, and report the incident to the police or relevant authorities. It's also advisable to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you're hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver in Florida, you can turn to your own insurance policy's uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This coverage can help compensate for your injuries and damages.
Pain and suffering are subjective and can be challenging to quantify. Evidence such as medical records, therapy sessions, personal journals, and testimonies from friends and family can help establish the extent of your pain and suffering.
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