Boca Raton Bicycle Accident Lawyers
As bicycles increasingly become a more popular mode of transportation in Florida, it is important for riders to understand their legal rights and responsibilities when sharing the roadway.
At the Shiner Law Group, our nationally-recognized and award-winning law firm has over a decade of experience advocating for victims who have sustained a physical injury in Florida bike accidents. We have the legal resources to help you build and present a compelling case to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
Call us today or visit us online to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation. Shiner Law Group operates on a contingency-fee basis: you pay nothing unless we win your case.
Florida’s Bicycle Laws
For the past few years, Florida has unfortunately become a leading state in the number of bicycle accident fatalities. And while protective gear, helmets, and other safety measures can ultimately prevent severe and debilitating injuries from occurring, negligence remains a critical factor.
Under Florida law, bicycles are considered a vehicle that must adhere to state and local traffic safety laws, which includes right of way, stopping at stop signs, and obeying traffic lights. As Florida’s no-fault insurance law requires accident victims to pursue an injury claim with their respective insurance company, certain provisions must be met for a bicycle rider who has sustained personal injury.
If an injured bicycle rider does not maintain an auto insurance policy, an experienced attorney can help you pursue other options, such as utilizing other forms of insurance to protect you in the event of an accident; however, when a bicycle rider uses the sidewalk as traveling lane, bicycle riders are considered pedestrians and must obey the safety standards associated with using a sidewalk.
For example, bicycle riders are required to alert pedestrians when passing from behind or yield the right of way.
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim For A Bicycle Accident
Bicycle accident victims can suffer from a broad range of injuries, including, but not limited to, abrasions, broken bones, bruising, joint pain, head injuries, and even wrongful death. With the benefit of a Shiner Law Group attorney, you can secure the pecuniary compensation to avoid severe financial hardship.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a Florida bike accident, it is important to call emergency services to report the accident and receive medical attention, as these critical steps can protect you and bolster your claim in a complex legal proceeding.
Insurance agents, however, may seek to take advantage of the situation by requesting a written or oral statement in regard to the accident. Bicycle accident victims are not legally required to provide such information, and statements should only be given after first consulting with legal counsel.
Your Shiner Law Group personal injury attorney can help you quantify your damages and secure relief for past and future medical expenses, lost earning potential, and other economic losses and non-economic losses.