Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one are injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Colson Hicks Eidson, you can count on having a team that is ranked among the top trial attorneys in the US on your case. We handle cases throughout the State of Florida (as well as nationwide). Our bicycle accident attorneys are ready to investigate all aspects of your case so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
How often do these accidents occur?
When analyzing the statistics compiled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, we see that there were 6,675 total bicycle crashes. As a result of those crashes, there were:
- 128 bicyclist fatalities
- 6,263 bicyclist injuries
Bicyclists are at a high risk of injury in a bicycle crash. With little protection against the impact of a passenger vehicle slamming into them, it is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries in Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident victims:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures and dislocations
- Loss of or damage to a bodily organ
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Significant disfigurement
- Injuries that inhibit a person’s ability to perform daily activities
Victims of bicycle accidents often incur major medical expenses. In many cases, they are injured so severely that they cannot work for long periods of time. This can put bicycle accident victims and their families in financial jeopardy.
Common causes of bicycle accidents
Bicyclists have significant rights on the roadways in Florida. Both drivers and bicyclists are required to obey traffic laws. Unfortunately, there are times when the negligent of other drivers cause a crash. Some of the main causes of these crashes include:
- Drivers failing to slow down at intersections
- Motorists making a right turn into a bicyclist
- Drivers striking a bicyclist as they attempt to pass them
- Car doors opening in front of a bicyclist
Drivers who operate while impaired by alcohol or drugs, as well as those distracted by their cell phones, are particularly dangerous for bicyclists. These drivers tend to strike bicyclists at higher speeds, leading to more significant injuries.
We want to point out that bicyclists are also vulnerable to poorly-maintained roadways, including potholes that have not been repaired by those responsible for roadway maintenance.
Take the next steps in your case today
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. The team at Colson Hicks Eidson is going to investigate what happened in your crash and work towards securing the following:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent party