If you’ve ever had to ride your bike on the road because there was no bike path to use, you know how careful and diligent you are with your safety measures. The good news is that in the U.S., only around eleven percent of bicycle accidents involve a collision with an automobile. Of the eleven percent collision rate, forty-five percent of the crashes happened at intersections.
The statistics don’t bother you too much because you know you take all safety measures and understand and comply with the rules of the road. You maximize your visibility so the drivers of cars see you and you recognize and abide by hazard signs on any road, especially when approaching an intersection. Even if you are doing all of the above, you can still get hit.
Please read on if a bike accident has impacted you or someone you care for. There’s relevant and significant information below on what you should know about the compensation you can get for a bike accident.
If you live or work in South Florida, you get plenty of opportunities to ride your bike. If on any occasion, you were impacted or injured in a bike accident, you often want to know if you can receive compensation. Then you want to find out if you can get your medical care and rehabilitation expenses paid for and finally if you have a legal case against whoever collided with you.
The places in South Florida that see the most bike accidents include the following areas:
- Westin, FL
- Pembroke Pines, FL
- Key Biscayne, FL
- Boca Raton, FL
- Deerfield Beach, FL, and
- Hillsborough Beach, FL
The most common reasons for being involved in a bike accident in these areas range from drivers of the car or bicycle, not stopping for traffic lights or stop signs to driving while intoxicated. Sometimes it’s the bicyclists who disobey the law and are biking on the wrong side of the road by riding against the flow of traffic. Many drivers are careless when driving their cars and fail to pay attention or see the bicyclist who is moving.
Bike Accident Compensation
If you live in South Florida and you’re hit by a car, you almost always have the right to collect financial compensation from the vehicle driver. But many legal cases are lost even though they could have been won because those involved in the bike accident don’t file a compensation claim soon enough or before their legal right to compensation window closes. Sometimes they wait too late to contact a legal professional who can help them go through the steps they need to have in place when they file a lawsuit for compensation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2017 Florida, as a whole, led the entire nation in the number of accidental bicycle deaths. NHTSA reports that there were 857 bicycle or pedal cyclists fatalities in 2018. The fatality number doesn’t take into account the additional 6,175 injuries that occurred the same year.
Steps to Take For Receiving Compensation After the Bike Accident
The first thing you do, no matter what state you’re in or who was at fault for the bike accident, is to call 911 to report the bicycle accident. If you need emergency medical services, the 911 operator will ensure you receive it. If you can’t dial 911 yourself, please try to have someone else who witnessed the accident do so for you so you can receive medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible.
You must document your injuries if you want to recover the medical treatment expenses and compensation you deserve. It’s essential to facilitate the steps you need to take for your compensation claim, and that means having a copy of all your medical bills, invoices, and any receipts that are related to the accident. If possible, you need to be keeping a diary or an account of your pain, suffering, and any after-effects you’re suffering from after you have the bicycle accident.
You may even notice that due to the injuries you suffered in the bicycle accident, the dynamics of your personality have changed, or a relationship has suffered because of the ongoing stress and pain from the accident. The next step you’ll be a part of is when an insurance investigator adjustor contacts you or your attorney regarding your claim, and that when your legal case begins.
Compensation After Motorbike Accident and Meeting With Your Attorney
Having an accident on your motorbike follows the same steps as the bicycle accident. Still, for either of these accidents, you need to meet with an attorney to go over your compensation options. Most of the time, a South Florida attorney won’t want you to provide a written or recorded statement of the accident to the insurance company. The insurance company has one objective, and that is to settle your claim as low as possible.
Many times what an insurance adjuster offers you in a claim for a motorbike or bicycle accident is far less than what you can get with a stellar and knowledgeable bicycle accident attorney. In South Florida, the law states that a bicycle is considered to be a vehicle just like a motorbike. Therefore, cyclists must follow the rules of the road, and when accidents occur, it’s a matter of determining who is at fault for the accident.
Motorbike and Bicycle Accident Compensation
When you or someone you care for is involved in a motorbike or bike accident, you need to reach out to Vivo Law Offices in Jupiter, Florida. Nothing you do legally will be better than hiring the esteemed and reputable legal practice of Vivo Law Offices. You deserve to have the best legal representation fighting for your compensation rights.
Vivo Law Offices know you need compensation for the injuries, pain, and suffering you’ve had to go through. Please don’t wait until the time runs out, and you can no longer make a claim. No one should go it alone as they go through a legal maze while they fight for the compensation they are due. Reach out to the best legal advocate you can have on your side.