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Bicycle accidents can lead to severe injuries, leaving victims and their families grappling with physical, emotional, and financial burdens. In fact, the costs of bicycle injuries and deaths from crashes typically exceed $23 billion each year in the United States. These costs encompass health care expenses, lost work productivity, and estimated costs associated with lost quality of life and lives lost. From helmet regulations to fault attribution, the legal nuances surrounding these accidents can greatly impact a cyclist’s rights. Our team of national bicycle accident lawyers is well-versed in navigating these complexities, ensuring robust defense and protection for cyclists’ rights.

Why Choose Us?

Choosing Senft Injury Advocates means joining forces with a team of national bicycle accident lawyers who blend accessibility with personalized attention. Our commitment to a no-win, no-fee approach means pursuing justice without financial risk. With offices across the nation, we are equipped to assist you, ensuring that no matter where your accident occurs, you have expert support. We are more than just legal representatives; we’re dedicated advocates guiding you on the path to recovery. At Senft Injury Advocates, we prioritize your peace of mind by taking on the stress of legal proceedings during this difficult time. Leave the toughness up to us while you focus on getting back to your life.

Steps After a Bicycle Accident

If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, taking the right steps immediately afterward can significantly impact the outcome of any potential legal case.

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Health & Safety

Move to a safe location if you can. Moreover, assess yourself and others for injuries. Call 911 if medical attention is needed. Even if you feel fine, some injuries may not be immediately apparent.

Report the Bicycle Accident

Contact law enforcement to file a report. Depending on the severity of injuries and property damage, Florida may legally require you to report the bicycle accident.

Gather Information

Swap contact and insurance details with the other involved parties. Take photos of the accident scene, including all vehicles involved, damages, and any relevant road conditions or signs.

Contact a Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Before settling with insurance companies, consulting with a bicycle accident lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure fair compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Senft Injury Advocates, we operate on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t pay any upfront fees. Our fees are contingent upon us securing a favorable outcome in your case, ensuring that seeking justice is financially accessible to all.

The timeframe to legally pursue compensation for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident, known as the statute of limitations, varies significantly depending on the state where the accident occurred. Generally, this period can range from one to three years from the date of the accident. In certain circumstances the timeline might be extended. For instance, if the injured party is a minor, the statute of limitations may not begin until they reach the age of eighteen. Given these complexities, partnering with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer is crucial. They can help with your case, ensuring your rights are fully protected and you can pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.

The primary cause of bicycle accidents is driver negligence. This includes behaviors such as distracted driving, failing to yield the right of way, and not leaving adequate space when passing cyclists. However, other factors can also contribute to these incidents. These include cyclist errors, like ignoring traffic signals or riding against traffic, and environmental conditions, such as poor road conditions or low visibility.

Additionally, alcohol involvement plays a significant role in the severity of bicycle accidents. In 2019, alcohol was reported to be a factor in 34 percent of all fatal cyclist crashes, involving either the motor vehicle driver or the bicyclist. This highlights the critical need for both drivers and cyclists to practice responsible behavior on the roads to ensure safety for all users.

Determining fault in bicycle accidents is often a complex process involving various factors, including the behavior of both the cyclist and the driver, road and weather conditions, and adherence to traffic laws. Fault determination can be further complicated by state-specific negligence laws. Some states use comparative negligence rules, which allow for the fault to be divided between both parties involved, possibly reducing the compensation each can receive based on their share of fault.

Drivers are often at fault due to negligence, which includes speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, or failing to yield the right of way. Drivers have a legal duty to share the road safely with bicyclists, which means respecting cyclists’ rights and space on the road. Proving driver negligence involves demonstrating that the driver had a duty of care, breached this duty, and caused the accident and resulting damages.

Cyclists are also required to follow traffic laws, which include signaling turns, riding in the direction of traffic, and using designated bike lanes where available. Fault can be attributed to cyclists if they fail to adhere to these laws or ride recklessly. Like drivers, cyclists can contribute to accidents through improper actions, such as ignoring traffic signals or riding under the influence of alcohol.

Coverage types and the extent of protection offered can vary widely based on the policy details, state-specific insurance requirements, and minimum coverage laws. Cyclists should carefully review their insurance policies and familiarize themselves with local regulations to ensure they have sufficient coverage, helping manage potential financial and legal issues from bicycle accidents. Here’s a breakdown of some common insurance types that may cover bicycle accidents:

  • Auto Insurance: This includes Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in no-fault states, which covers medical expenses and lost wages regardless of who is at fault. Liability coverage may apply if a motorist is at fault, and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage can protect you if the at-fault driver lacks sufficient insurance.
  • Homeowner’s or Renter’s Insurance: These policies often include personal liability coverage, which might cover legal liabilities if you injure someone else while cycling. Additionally, they may cover theft or damage to your bicycle, usually only when the bicycle is on your property or inside your home.
  • Health Insurance: Typically covers medical treatments for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident, subject to any deductibles or copays.
  • Specialized Bicycle Insurance: Provides comprehensive coverage tailored specifically for bicycles, which can include theft, damage, liability, and roadside assistance.

 Wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle is crucial for safety, but not wearing one does not automatically make you at fault if an accident occurs. Fault in bicycle accidents is primarily determined based on the actions that led to the collision, rather than whether a safety helmet was worn. However, there are some implications that can affect your case:

  • Contributory Negligence: In some states, not wearing a helmet could be considered contributory negligence if you sustain head injuries. This doesn’t change who caused the accident but might reduce the compensation you can receive if it’s determined that wearing a helmet could have lessened your injuries.
  • Helmet Laws: Some states have laws requiring helmets, especially for minors. While breaking these laws can lead to fines and affect compensation, it still does not inherently determine fault in an accident.
  • Insurance Claims: Insurance companies might argue that injuries could have been minimized with a helmet, potentially affecting claims outcomes.

Overall, while not wearing a helmet is not advisable for safety reasons, it does not inherently make you at fault in an accident. Legal fault is based on who acted negligently or violated traffic laws leading to the crash. However, it is always best to wear a helmet both for physical protection and to avoid complications in potential legal proceedings.

While you can technically file a bicycle accident claim on your own, there are several reasons to consider hiring a skilled bicycle accident lawyer to handle your case.

  • Expertise in Law and Negotiations: Bicycle accident lawyers are well-versed in the specific laws and regulations that apply to bicycle traffic and accidents. They understand the nuances of personal injury law and can effectively navigate the legal system. This expertise is crucial in building a strong case, especially when it involves negotiating with insurance companies who have their own teams of experienced lawyers.
  • Maximizing Your Compensation: An experienced attorney can help ensure that all potential areas of compensation are considered, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Lawyers are skilled in calculating both current and future costs associated with your injuries, which can significantly increase the compensation you might receive compared to handling the claim yourself.
  • Handling Documentation and Deadlines: The legal process involves a lot of paperwork, detailed documentation, and strict deadlines. Missing a deadline or failing to properly document injuries and losses can jeopardize your claim. A lawyer can manage all aspects of your case, ensuring that all necessary documentation is accurate and submitted on time.
  • Reducing Stress and Providing Peace of Mind: Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming. Having a lawyer by your side can provide peace of mind, knowing that your case is being handled professionally. This allows you to focus on your recovery rather than the complexities of legal proceedings.

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