The beautiful weather and scenery in Florida are perfect for outdoor activities, including bicycling. Unfortunately, with such incentive to be on our bikes, accidents are also common when riding, and can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death. The Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Robert Dixon are experienced in dealing with the aftermath of such accidents and aiding clients to recover damages for their injuries. Our attorneys practice throughout Florida, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. We are available to evaluate any claims you may have associated with your bike crash.Bicycle Collisions in Florida
In 2012, 6,425 Florida cyclists were involved in crashes that resulted in injuries and, in some cases, fatalities. Being injured in a bike crash can lead to a lifetime of recovery. Due to the nature of such accidents, and the potential degree of impact, bicyclists are especially susceptible to traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Sharing the road is the law, but negligent motorists are all too common in Florida. Some typical causes of bicycle crashes include:
- Failure to check for oncoming bikes when opening doors
- Poorly maintained bicycle lanes, trails, or paths
- Faulty bike parts
- “Buzzing” by passing cars
A “buzz” occurs when a motorist, either unintentionally or intentionally, passes a cyclist at a high speed and in close proximity. To curtail buzzing, Florida has passed a “three-foot law” that requires motorists to maintain a safe distance of three feet when passing a bicycle or pedestrian.Who Can Be Held Liable for Bike Accident Injuries?
Negligent drivers can be found on all roads in Florida, from highways to neighborhood streets. Even the most mindful biker can suffer serious injury due to the carelessness of those who are behind the wheel. In order to recover from a negligent motorist, a victim must show that the driver breached his or her duty to exercise reasonable care, and that breach resulted in the victim’s injuries.
Aside from motorists, cyclists can encounter other dangers along the way. The government has a duty to maintain the areas traveled by bikes, so it could be responsible if you are injured due to an uneven or bumpy bike path. It is important to consult a knowledgeable attorney to determine what rights you may have and who could be liable for your injuries following a biking accident.Compensation for Injuries Sustained in a Bike Crash
Involvement in a bicycle accident can result in life-altering injures. Making sure you are emotionally and financially able to cope with such injuries is crucial. A seasoned personal injury attorney can make sure you receive fair compensation for losses, including:
- Lost Wages
- Past and Future Medical Expenses
- Loss of Future Earning Capacity
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
In the tragic case that a biking accident leads to the loss of a loved one, you may have a wrongful death claim. It is important, even in the face of such heartbreak, to promptly contact an attorney to preserve your rights against responsible parties.Legal Representation for Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accident Victims
Cyclists should have the freedom to enjoy the open roads of Florida equally with other travelers, and those who fall victim to another’s negligence should have the opportunity to hold them accountable for their actions. The bike accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Robert Dixon are experienced in fighting for the rights of cyclists injured in collisions throughout the Miami area. We will work tirelessly to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Please call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation, even if you are not sure if you have a claim.