West Palm Beach Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bicycles are a popular way for people to get around in our area. With typically wonderful weather year-round, bicycles are used for exercise and recreation as well as for commuting. Drivers and bicyclists alike have to share the road with one another. Unfortunately, there are times when serious accidents occur. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our bicycle accident lawyers are ready to get to work on your case in West Palm Beach. Our attorneys handle cases throughout the State of Florida (and nationwide). If the negligent or careless actions of another person have caused you harm, let us work to secure the compensation you deserve.
The bicycle accident statistics
The latest full reporting year of statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that there were 6,675 total bicycle accidents in Florida. Out of those, there were:
- 128 bicyclist fatalities
- 6,263 bicyclist injuries
Nearly every bicycle accident results in an injury. Injuries from these accidents are often serious and can include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures and dislocations
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Significant disfigurement
- Other injuries that inhibit a person’s daily activities
The costs of bicycle crash injuries to victims and their families can be tremendous and extend beyond medical bills. Victims also have to worry about lost income if they cannot work as well as immense emotional and psychological damages.
What causes most bicycle crashes?
Bicyclists are given significant rights on Florida roadways. Drivers and bicyclists alike need to obey the rules of the road at all times. However, even when a bicyclist is obeying the law, they can still get injured. Some of the main causes of bicycle crashes include:
- Drivers making a right turn and hitting a bicyclist
- Drivers striking a bicyclist as they pass them
- Drivers opening their car door in a bicyclist’s path
Of particular danger to bicyclists are drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs and those who are distracted by their phones, other devices, or something else inside their vehicle. Impaired and distracted drivers tend to strike cyclists at higher speeds. Bicyclists are also more vulnerable to poorly maintained or poorly designed roadways.
We are ready to get to work on your case today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, seek legal assistance now. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our nationally-recognized team is ready to get to work on your case. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to worry about attorney fees unless we are successful in your case. We want to secure the compensation you need right now, which includes:
- Coverage of your medical bills related to the accident
- Lost income and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
We will even work to pursue possible punitive damages against the negligent party. When you need a bicycle accident attorney to handle your case in West Palm Beach, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.