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Seeking Compensation After a Bike Accident in Florida
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Category: Bike Accidents

Bike riding is a popular mode of transportation and recreation in Florida, with its sunny weather and picturesque landscapes. However, with the increase in bike riders comes the unfortunate reality of accidents. If you’re a cyclist involved in an accident, knowing your rights and options for seeking compensation is important.

 

Ensure Your Safety and Seek Medical Attention

 

Your safety and well-being should be your top priority after a bike accident. If you can, move yourself to a safe location away from traffic. Check yourself for injuries and assess your physical condition. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it’s still essential to seek medical attention promptly. Some injuries might not manifest immediately and could worsen over time.

 

Contact Law Enforcement

 

Call 911 to report the accident and request law enforcement assistance. Having an official police report can be crucial in determining liability and fault. When the police arrive, provide them with an accurate account of what happened. Avoid speculating or making assumptions about the other party’s intentions. Stick to the facts as you remember them.

 

Gather Evidence

 

Preserve evidence at the accident scene if you can do so safely. Take photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and any damage to your bike. Exchange contact information, insurance details, and driver’s license information with the involved parties. If there were any witnesses, ask for their contact information as well. Their statements can serve as valuable evidence later.

 

Seek Legal Representation

 

Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney specializing in bike accidents is wise. They can guide you through the legal process, explain your rights, and help you understand the potential compensation you might be entitled to. Your attorney will assist you in communicating with insurance companies and negotiating a fair settlement.

 

Notify Your Insurance Company

 

Even though the other party might be at fault, you should still inform your insurance company about the accident. Depending on your policy, they may cover medical expenses and damages. It’s essential to be truthful and accurate when providing information to your insurance company.

 

Understand Florida’s Comparative Negligence Laws

 

Florida operates under a comparative negligence system, meaning that compensation can be awarded based on the degree of fault each party bears for the accident. If you are found partially responsible for the accident, your compensation may be reduced proportionally. Having a skilled attorney by your side can help ensure your rights are protected during these proceedings.

 

Document Medical Treatment and Expenses

 

Maintain detailed records of all medical treatments, prescriptions, and other related expenses. These records will be essential when calculating the compensation you’re entitled to. Medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and potential future medical expenses should be accounted for.

 

Pursue Compensation

 

Your attorney will work with you to build a strong compensation case. This could involve negotiating with insurance companies, gathering expert opinions, and, if necessary, filing a lawsuit. Compensation could cover medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Experiencing a bike accident can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience. However, knowing your rights and understanding the steps to seek compensation can alleviate some stress. By prioritizing your safety, seeking legal assistance, and preserving evidence, you can work towards obtaining the compensation you need to recover physically, emotionally, and financially.

If you’ve recently experienced a bike accident in Florida, don’t let uncertainty hold you back. Your safety, well-being, and rights are of paramount importance. Our dedicated attorneys are ready to fight for you and guide you through every step of the legal process.

 

 

 About the Author:

 

Andrew Winston is the founding partner at the personal injury Law firm, The Winston Law Firm. For over 20 years, he has successfully represented countless people in all personal injury cases, focusing on child injury, legal malpractice, and premises liability. He has been recognized for excellence in representing injured clients by admission to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and named one of America’s Top 100 High-Stakes Litigators. Mr. Winston is AV Preeminent, Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of professional ethics, enjoys a 10.0 rating by AVVO as a Top Personal Injury Attorney, and has been selected as a Florida Top 100 “Super Lawyer”  and Miami Top 100 “Super Lawyer” – an honor reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in the state – was voted to Florida Trend’s ”Legal Elite,” recognized by Expertise as one of the 20 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale and 20 Best Car Accident Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale.

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