Winter Haven Bicycle Accident Attorneys Standing up for the Rights of Injured Cyclists to Receive Compensation
In Florida, bicycle accidents are common and mostly due to distracted or reckless drivers. A bicycle accident has the potential to be very serious and can cause injuries as well as damage to your bike. Our law firm helps injured cyclists protect their rights and receive fair compensation after a bike accident. Here are a few important answers concerning bicycle accident claims in Florida.
Can I File a Lawsuit Against a Driver Who Caused My Bicycle Accident?
If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident caused by the driver of a motor vehicle, there are a few options to recover compensation. The first one is to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You may initiate a claim to recover costs for your injuries, medical bills, and damages to your bicycle.
In cases where the driver was uninsured, underinsured, or where the insurance company denies your claim, you may choose to initiate a civil lawsuit for personal injury and try to recoup your losses with the help of a court. A personal injury lawyer in Winter Haven can recommend the best course of action for your specific case.
What Happens if My Accident Was Caused by Faulty Equipment or Poor Road Conditions?
Some accidents can be caused by poor road conditions due to a road design error, inadequate road signage, or poorly-maintained roads. The same applies to bicycle accidents resulting from uneven or cracked sidewalks and paths. In this case, if you can prove that your accident was a direct result of improper road or sidewalk conditions, you may be able to file a claim against the party responsible for that road or sidewalk, which could be a homeowner, a business, or oftentimes, a government agency.
How Much Is My Bicycle Accident Claim Worth?
When you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident and are unable to work, your first thought is probably how much money you can receive for your accident. Because bicycle accidents are treated as personal injury cases, the value of a claim varies depending on several factors. Those factors include the severity of your injuries and whether your accident caused you to be unable to work and earn your normal wages, the damage to your bicycle and cycling gear, the cost of medical treatment and/or rehabilitation for your injuries, and the degree of pain, suffering and emotional distress resulting from the accident.
Because each case is unique, it is difficult to provide an exact estimate, but the more serious your injuries and the more significant your damages, the higher your settlement amount is likely to be. There are no guaranteed outcomes, and the best thing to do is to speak to a bicycle accident attorney to better understand the value of your claim.
Why Should I Hire a Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney?
Because a bicycle accident is considered a civil case, the burden of proof lies on the injured party (the plaintiff). In other words, it is your job to show that the other party is responsible for causing the accident. This requires the help of a seasoned bicycle accident attorney who can handle every aspect of the case on your behalf and can build a strong set of arguments in your favor.
At Jiles Law, P.A., we have helped many injured cyclists to get fair compensation for their accidents. Give us a call at 863-875-6900 to see how we can help you, too.