Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Miami, Florida, Providing Helpful Legal Representation to Injured Cyclists Seeking Compensation
Riding a bike is an activity and mode of transportation which has only increased in popularity in recent years as people more commonly work from home and do away with their work commute, become more conscious about their global footprint, or look for low-cost ways to stay healthy. With that increase in bikers, there is, unfortunately, also an increase in bike accidents.
If you have suffered an injury in a bicycle crash, you may be eligible to recover compensation from the parties at fault. Not every bicycle accident claim is going to be successful – sometimes, an accident is nobody’s fault. But if the accident victim and their lawyers can show that a negligent driver or other reckless actions led to the collision, then it is very likely that you may have the solid makings for a winning lawsuit.
Many bicycle accident victims want to believe that a car insurance policy will have their back. However, far too often, insurance companies will lowball injured victims in an attempt to pay as little as possible for a bicycle injury claim. The insurer may even go so far as to say that the accident was partly the cyclist’s fault. Even if a settlement is offered by the insurance company, it may prove to be inadequate for paying off the costly medical bills associated with the injury. As such, it may be necessary to hire legal representation to represent your best interests.
At the Miami law firm Mausner Graham Injury Law PLLC, our personal injury attorneys have years of experience helping accident victims seek compensation for their injuries. As your attorneys, we will examine all relevant evidence from the scene of the bike accident, review medical records, speak with eyewitnesses to the crash, and attempt to build an airtight case so that you receive the settlement that you deserve.
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only need to worry about paying for legal representation in the event that we recover compensation for your bicycle accident case. If we are unsuccessful in any financial recovery for your case, you won’t owe us a dime in legal fees. Our lawyers also offer a free case evaluation to prospective new clients. This is a zero-obligation consultation. You may seek representation elsewhere if you do not feel that we are the right legal team for your case. You have nothing to lose in calling our office to schedule your free consultation to discuss your case in more detail.
Is Florida Statistically the Most Dangerous State for Bike Riding?
Data shows that there are more bicycle fatalities in Florida than in any other state, effectively making it the most dangerous state in the country for biking. Florida reported 6,399 bicycle crashes statewide in the year 2021 alone. Of those, 53 were fatal.
Statistically, fatal bicyclist accidents are rising everywhere across the country. But Florida still keeps pace ahead of every other state. In the ten years between 2011 and 2020, a reported 1,428 Floridians died in a cycling accident.
In the year 2020, Miami-Dade County reported 757 bicycle crashes. Of that 757, 696 resulted in physical injuries, and 15 resulted in death.
This is a community issue. The roads were designed for motorists with little concern for the cyclists that are asked to share the same space. More protected bike lanes and motorist awareness would go a long way to limiting the number of cyclists struck by a car every year, thus limiting the number of Floridians who are rushed to the emergency room with life-threatening conditions.
What Injuries Are Commonly Seen in Bike Accidents?
Riding a bike can be healthy for the mind and body, but stats show that it can also be a dangerous activity. Like a pedestrian, bicycle riders have relatively little protection if they are ever hit by a car. Those on bikes may be hurled into windshields, thrown a hundred feet in the air, or knocked to the pavement and dragged underneath oncoming traffic. These serious injuries often require immediate medical care to save the cyclist’s life.
Examples of bicycle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones.
- Cuts and lacerations.
- Internal organ damage.
- Loss of limbs.
- Loss of sight.
- Pelvic fractures.
- Punctured lungs.
- Road rash.
- Soft tissue damage.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Wrongful death.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury, you should first seek professional medical treatment. When you are stable, please reach out to an experienced bicycle accident lawyer to discuss your case.
What is the Most Common Cause of a Bike Crash?
The most common cause of a bicycle accident is some form of reckless driving, distracted driving, or simple negligence. It is unfortunate to think that someone could be so careless while operating a motor vehicle, but some drivers have become so casual with driving that they begin to take chances. They enter a sort of ‘auto pilot’ mode behind the wheel. And in doing so, people get hurt.
Other common causes of bike accidents include:
- A car door opens suddenly in the path of a bike rider (aka ‘dooring’).
- Cars driving up the curb and onto the sidewalk.
- Dangerous weather conditions.
- Debris in the road.
- Defective bicycle.
- Driver fatigue.
- Driving under the influence of drugs.
- Drunk driving.
- Failure to yield.
- Rear-end collisions.
- Road disrepair and potholes.
- Turning into a cyclist’s path without seeing the biker on the road.
- Unsafe lane changes.
It’s dangerous out there. In order to better protect yourself while riding bikes, please wear all recommended safety equipment. The most essential piece of equipment is a helmet of appropriate size, firmly strapped to your head at all times.
What Sort of Financial Compensation Could Be Awarded in a Successful Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
If you decide to take legal action and file a lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation in the form of both economic and non-economic damages.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Future medical costs for ongoing treatment and therapy.
- Loss of ability to work and make a steady income.
- Lost wages.
- Medical expenses.
- Property damage.
- Surgical reconstruction of facial disfigurement.
Non-economic damages may include:
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium, companionship, or partnership
- Pain and suffering
- The psychological damage caused by new depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders
- Wrongful death
Schedule a Free Case Consultation with Experienced Bike Accident Lawyers Today
If you’ve been the victim of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. This can be a long process, though, with a number of procedures and hoops to jump through. It may be too much to ask of a badly injured civilian nursing their wounds. Consider entrusting a reputable personal injury law firm with your case. Injury victims who hire professional legal representatives tend to have a higher chance of success in reaching a settlement or going to trial than those who opt to represent themselves.
At Mausner Graham Injury Law PLLC, our bicycle accident lawyers pride themselves on providing compassionate legal care to accident victims who need legal help. As your attorneys, we will do everything within our legal power to build a winning case that awards you maximum compensation for your bike injury claim.
Our law firm is based in Miami, but our lawyers serve clients across the Sunshine State. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t have to pay our team anything in legal fees if we are unsuccessful in recovering financial compensation for your case.
We’re sorry to hear about your tragic circumstances, and we hope you recover from your injuries quickly. In the meantime, please consider discussing your case with our legal team. You may schedule your free initial consultation by calling 305-344-4878.