Miami Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Helping Victims of Bicycle Accidents Throughout the State of Florida
As cycling has become more and more popular in the U.S., the number of bicycle accidents and fatalities has increased significantly. Unfortunately, this is especially true in Florida, where the per-capita cyclist death rate (6.2 per 100,000 people) is almost 60 percent higher than in any other state.
Evidently, every time you ride your bike in Florida traffic, you are in danger of being involved in a serious injury accident. Many drivers just do not know how to share the road with cyclists, and their negligent, careless or distracted driving frequently causes serious injury accidents.
If you or a family member has sustained serious injuries because of a careless motorist, you deserve justice from the responsible party. The best way to get the financial compensation you deserve is to get help from an experienced Florida bicycle accident attorney. At the Boyers Law Group, we have been helping injured bicyclists and their families for over twenty years. Let us put our experience and legal expertise to work for you.
Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Florida Cyclist
As a cyclist in Florida, you are entitled to your fair share of the road and enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as a driver of any other vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends you ride a safe bike, know where you’re going, use equipment to protect yourself and make yourself more visible to others.
When cycling in Florida, you also need to drive with the flow of traffic, obey all traffic signs and rules of safe driving, and stay focused on your riding. If you are going slower than the rest of the traffic, you should attempt to use any available, designated bike lanes. However, if a bike lane is not available, you should ride on the road as far to the right as possible.
Of course, Florida motor vehicle drivers also have a responsibility to be mindful of bicyclists and avoid dangerous collisions. They need to yield to cyclists just as they would for other drivers and not turn in from of them at intersections, when entering a driveway or when turning right on a red light. Motorists also need to adhere to all safe driving laws, including following the speed limit, signaling when they are turning and passing, only passing other vehicles when allowed, and stopping at stop signs and stop lights.
Drivers who do not adhere to Florida’s traffic safety laws or who are negligent or distracted while operating a motor vehicle and then cause bicycle accidents should be held accountable for their actions. Their unlawful or negligent actions can result in life-altering injuries for vulnerable cyclists.
Your Bicycle Accident Case
If you or a family member has been injured in a bicycle accident, you can take legal action against the driver if he was completely or partially responsible for the accident. In your bicycle accident claim, you need to show that
- The driver had a duty to operate a motor vehicle safely in accordance with Florida law, but he breached that duty by doing something negligent, careless or in violation of Florida’s traffic laws.
- The breach of this legal duty was the direct cause of the bicycle accident and your injuries.
- You sustained injuries and/or other damages from the accident.
The experienced personal injury attorneys of the Boyers Law Group can help you build and prosecute a strong bicycle accident case. We are experienced negotiators and litigators with the expertise you need to successfully navigate Florida’s insurance, traffic and personal injury laws and obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
Compensation for Your Bicycle Accident Injury
Bicycle accident injuries include traumatic brain injuries, fractures and dislocations, punctured lungs and abdominal injuries. These injuries can be very painful, serious, life-altering and prevent you from being able to work. The necessary medical treatment, care and rehabilitation can also be difficult and very expensive.
The driver responsible for your injuries, pain and suffering should be held accountable for his actions, and you should be compensated justly for your financial and non-financial losses. The compensation can include payment for pain and suffering, past and future medical bills and treatment costs, lost wages and emotional distress.
Contact the Experienced Florida Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Boyers Law Group
After a bicycle accident, it is important to get any necessary medical attention as soon as possible. If you can, it’s also important to obtain the contact information from the drivers and any witnesses involved, as well as photographs of your injuries and the accident scene.
Many times, bicycle accident victims’ injuries prevent them from being able to obtain photos and contact information at the scene, but the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys of the Boyers Law Group can handle everything for you, including accessing the police report, finding witnesses, protecting your rights and obtaining justice against those motorists who are responsible for your accident.
Call us today at 800-545-9100 or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website for a free consultation and expert legal advice. Our team of experienced Florida injury lawyers and investigators welcomes the opportunity to put our skill, knowledge and resources to work for you.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (n.d.). Bicycle Safety.
Whitley, D. (2018, Sept. 25). Florida is a killing field for cyclists. Orlando Sentinel.