Bike Accident Attorneys in Miami
Representing Victims of Cycling Accidents in Florida
With plenty of warm days and opportunities for outdoor recreational activities,
it’s no wonder why Florida is nicknamed the “Sunshine State.”
One of the more popular activities for Florida residents and tourists
alike is bicycling, whether it’s by the beach or in your own neighborhood.
Unfortunately, the popularity of bicycling also means there is a higher
risk of getting injured in a bicycle accident. These accidents can easily
be caused by other bicyclists and even pedestrians, but our Miami bike
accident lawyers have handled countless cases where motor vehicle drivers
Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, P.A. is available to help you after you’ve been harmed in a bicycle accident.
If your injuries are serious, you could be facing tens of thousands of
dollars in bills and missed wages – we can win the compensation
you need to cover these costs and more.
Contact us online or by phone today at
(305) 900-5493 if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident. Many bike
accidents are caused by drivers and need experienced counsel from a firm
that has handled motor vehicle accidents.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bike accidents shouldn’t be taken lightly. While some bicyclists
emerge from their accidents with minor injuries, the reality of accidents
involving cars and other motor vehicles is that bicyclists most often
suffer serious injuries and sometimes fatalities. In 2018, 857 bicyclists
were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While this number
is low compared to the number of drivers and passengers killed in accidents,
it’s still a number that shouldn’t exist.
Because motor vehicles are responsible for most bicycle accidents and injuries,
it’s likely that you’ll be eligible to file a
personal injury claim against the driver in question. Most motor vehicle accidents are caused
by human error, or negligence, and are preventable.
Some common factors that contribute to bike accidents in Florida and across
the country include:
- Distracted driving: Drivers who are texting on their phones, taking calls,
or eating or drinking while driving may not notice a bicyclist crossing
the street or riding alongside them. Many drivers can cause collisions
when they merge into the bike lane, blocking the path of an oncoming bicyclist.
- Failure to yield to right-of-way: Under Florida laws, drivers must yield
to the right-of-way of bicyclists, especially when they attempt right-hand
turns in the bike lane. Many drivers violate this and cause unnecessary
injuries to bicyclists who are following the law.
- Careless driving: Careless or reckless driving involves any behaviors that
violate traffic laws or are considered dangerous. Drivers can crash into
bicyclists crossing the street when they run red lights or stop signs,
and if a bicyclist is in a car lane, drivers may cause accidents when
they tailgate or drive too closely behind them.
Establishing Liability in Personal Injury Claims
If you were harmed by a driver while riding your bike, you will need to
prove that the driver was negligent in order to have a successful claim.
Our Miami bicycle accident attorneys have decades of experience that we
can use to prove that the driver breached their duty of care and directly
caused your injuries and damages.
It’s possible that the at-fault driver and their insurance company
will attempt to shift the blame onto you, as bicyclists have some of the
same responsibilities under Florida laws. For instance, they may allege
that you weren’t riding in the bike lane at the time of the accident,
or that you were making abrupt turns without using hand signals.
This is one of many reasons why hiring a personal injury attorney is important.
We can collect evidence like photos of the damage, witness statements,
and medical records to show that you didn’t cause your accident.
Damages Our Team Can Recover for Bike Accident Victims
If you were injured as a bicyclist, it’s likely your injuries are
painful and severe. While drivers and passengers have multiple protections
in accidents like airbags and seat belts, bicyclists have nothing to protect
their bodies besides a helmet. This is why common injuries can include
face, eye, and dental injuries, punctured lungs,
spinal cord injuries like paralysis, and
head and brain trauma.
If you require multiple surgeries, long hospitalizations, and medical equipment
or physical therapy, you’ll be facing a hefty medical bill. Fortunately,
our attorneys have successfully recovered more than $900 million for our
clients and have what it takes to secure the maximum amount available
to you under the law. When you call us for help, you can expect us to
exceed your expectations because we don’t want our clients to simply
heal – we want you to thrive.
(305) 900-5493 for a free consultation today from our bicycle accident lawyers in Miami.
We have the availability to schedule same-day appointments and conduct
our services in English or Spanish for your convenience.