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Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accidents Lawyer

The Fort Lauderdale area is well known for its walkability and number of cyclists. Florida also has the dubious honor of leading the nation in cyclist-related deaths. In 2015, there were 0.57 bicycle deaths per 100,000, twice the national average of 0.23 per 100,000. These numbers, however, don’t paint a complete picture of the devastation a bike accident wreaks on the victim of a bike accident. If you’ve been injured while riding your bike, you may have options for legal recourse.

Considerations for Bike Accidents

Bicyclists and vehicles have a legal right and obligation to “share the road.” In other words, cyclists are required to observe the same traffic law as vehicles, and vehicle operators must keep a safe distance. Yet, cyclists continue to incur serious injury each year due to their vulnerable position on our roadways.

There are certain types of bike crashes that are more common than others. Statistically speaking, you’re more likely to crash:

  • At an intersection. Of all bicycle crashes reported each year, only 11% involve a vehicle. But of those, half occur at an intersection. A common example would be crossing at a crosswalk, and a car turning right into a bike.
  • While riding against traffic. Some people think that riding against traffic is safer, but it’s actually against Florida law. Following the flow of traffic will decrease your chances of being in an accident.
  • Into a road hazard. While riding on roads that aren’t well maintained, bicyclists run the risk of injuries from potholes, or other dangerous obstacles.

Who Is at Fault in a Bike Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a bike accident, you’re likely worried about your medical bills and how much time you’re missing from work. Receiving compensation is a matter of determining who’s at fault for your injuries. In some cases, determining fault is simple. A driver of a motor vehicle has a higher standard of care than a bicyclist since the rules of the road dictate that they be mindful of hazards (like a traveling bicyclist).

In some cases, however, a driver and a biker may share fault. For example, a rider who is breaking a traffic law by riding against traffic will share some of the blame for the accident. In this case, any compensation claim would be reduced by the bicyclist’s degree of fault. If, for example, the accident incurred $50,000 worth of damages but the bicyclist was 20% at fault for the accident, the maximum claim would be $40,000.

How Can a Personal Injury Settlement Help?

A personal injury settlement can help pay for the costs related to your bike crash. Florida law requires that all motorists carry personal injury protection with their insurance, so you’ll likely file a claim with the motorist’s insurance company. There are a couple types of damages in personal injury settlements:

  • Special or economic damages compensate for tangible losses associated with your accident. These damages may include medical bills, lost wages, and the cost of rehabilitation.
  • General damages address the immaterial losses of being involved in a bike accident. These may include pain, suffering, and emotional distress.

Finding a Bike Attorney in Fort Lauderdale

If you’ve been recently injured in a bike crash, you likely have more questions than answers. A personal injury settlement can help erase financial insecurity and provide victims with the tools to recover. At the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs, we help victims of bike accidents get compensation for their injuries and work with insurance companies to ensure a fair settlement.

Your personal injury claim process begins with a free initial consultation. Let us review the facts of your case and help you decide on your next steps. Contact our office to get started.

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