Whether for exercise or recreation, bicycling is a great way to travel from Point A to Point B while doing something positive for your health and for the environment. But while bicyclists are entitled to use the roadway and must obey many of the same traffic laws that motorists must follow, bicyclists are not often treated as equals on the road in Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida. This has helped contribute to some of these bicycle accident statistics statistics:
- In 2014, there were 985 bicycle crashes and 15 bicycle crash fatalities in Miami-Dade County;
- Escambia County had one of the highest bicycle crash rates in all of Florida with 5.26 percent accidents; and
- There were approximately 120 bicyclists who lost their lives in accidents in Florida.
If you have been seriously injured while bicycling in South Florida, compensation may be available for your injuries and losses. Contact Englander Peebles' Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accident Lawyers today.The Anatomy of a Bicycle Accident Case in Florida
A bicycle crash claim where the bicyclist suffers severe injuries is not unlike any other type of personal injury case. An experienced bicycle accident lawyer can help you in proving:
- The other person or motorist involved owed you a “duty of care”: The “duty of care” requires motorists and other people who use roadways, walkways, and bicycles to conduct themselves in a reasonably prudent and careful manner given all the relevant circumstances;
- The other person or motorist breached this duty of care: A “breach” of the duty of care happens when that person does not conduct himself or herself in a reasonable and careful manner. A person who does not obey road signs and signals or simply does not follow the “rules of the road” can be found to have breached the duty of care that he or she owed to you;
- You, the injured bicyclist, suffered injuries as a result: This element of your case is met with proof not only of the severity of your injuries but also that these injuries are directly attributable to the other person’s breach of the duty of care. In other words, your injuries must have been caused by the other person’s careless actions. Even if you were partially at fault for causing the bicycle accident, you may still be able to secure compensation for your serious injuries.
Our Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accident Attorneys are available to assist seriously injured bicyclists and their families recover the compensation they need and deserve to meet expenses such as medical bills and therapy costs after an bicycle injury incident. Englander Peebles handles cases throughout the state of Florida and offers free initial consultations. Our attorneys will carefully analyze your case, identifying key witnesses and evidence, and persuasively present your case to the negligent party's insurance company. We are based out of Fort Lauderdale and can be reached at (954) 500-4878. Contact us today for a no obligation consultation.