Miami Bike Accident Attorney
Bicycles were the original wheeled single-use vehicle and offered nineteenth century urban and rural dwellers the ability to get to and from places with ease (and at a much quicker pace than walking) without the use of a horse. Since this time, the bicycle has undergone massive changes and updates and continues to be a desired form of transportation for individuals throughout the country. Unfortunately, as Miami bike accident attorney David W. Lipcon has seen firsthand, motor vehicle drivers do not always recognize the danger which cars pose to bicyclists on the roadways and often do not drive with bicyclists in mind.
Florida Bicycle Crash Statistics
The bicycle crash numbers in Florida remained relatively similar between 2013 and 2014, hovering around 7,000 annually. The majority of the bicycle accidents throughout the state occurred in Miami-Dade County, followed closely by Broward County. Out of the 7,000 bicycle accidents, 135, unfortunately, led to fatalities. In 2014, Miami-Dade County was the county with the highest number of fatal bicycle accidents, although in 2013, Broward County was the county with the highest number of fatal accidents. It is important for law enforcement officers in both counties (and throughout the state of Florida) to adequately ticket and punish motor vehicle drivers who violate traffic laws concerning bicyclists. However, if you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Florida, you are able to seek a claim for damages against the responsible party.
Bicycle Crash Recovery
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that regardless of the percentage that you may have been at fault for your injuries, you and your Miami bike accident attorney will be able to bring a claim for damages against the responsible party. However, the amount of damages you may receive will be limited by the percentage of your own fault for the accident. For example, if you were 25% at fault for your resulting injuries in a bicycle accident (for not wearing a helmet or for failing to signal), then your damages will be limited to 75% of the total damages.
As a victim of a bicycle accident, your first focus should be on your recovery. Unlike a motor vehicle driver, you do not have the luxury of a thousand pound vehicle to protect you in the impact of the accident. Instead, your helmet is the only item that offers minimal protection, and therefore injuries tend to be severe. Once you have recovered enough to face the aftermath of the accident and related expenses, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible party including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
An experienced Miami personal injury lawyer will be able to assist you in determining the full amount of damages you can include in a claim for your injuries.
Free Consultation with a Bike Accident Lawyer in Miami, FL
If you or a loved one were injured in a bike accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A. Our lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience in handling personal injury cases, including injuries caused by bicycle accidents. Call our Miami office today at 305-670-6144 to schedule your free consultation.