If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a bike accident, contact the compassionate and experienced St. Lucie bicycle accident attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. today. Because bike riders have very little to protect them in the event of an accident, the injuries they suffer are usually severe and are in some cases fatal. When the unthinkable happens and you or a loved one are hurt in a bike accident, turn to the attorneys who have helped countless others across the Treasure Coast region get the justice they deserve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2016 there were 840 bicyclists killed in accidents, and approximately 450,000 injured that same year. If your accident was due to another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Understanding the law can be complicated and frustrating. You should not have to worry about legalities during a time when you should be focused on healing. The experienced St. Lucie bike accident attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. are here to help. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at 772-336-4357.
Why Do I Need a Bike Accident Lawyer?
Recovering physically and financially after a bike accident can be a lengthy process. Some common injuries victims of bike accidents face include:
- Head trauma
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
- Severed limbs
- Road rash or abrasions
- Broken bones
- Severe bruising
- Torn ligaments
Dealing with injuries and treatment can become costly. In addition to bills piling up, an individual in a bike accident may miss time at work and lose wages.
Having an attorney can help make sure that you get the full compensation you are owed. When insurance companies refuse to pay you what your claim is worth, your attorney will negotiate to get what is fair, or will take your case to trial.
Why Choose The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. ?
The compassionate attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. have over 25 years of experience helping those who have been hurt in accidents in St. Lucie and the surrounding areas. We understand that each client’s circumstances and needs are different. That’s why we strive to treat each client with the individualized attention they deserve. In addition to other accolades, we have been honored with, in 2014 and 2015 we received an Avvo Client’s Choice Award.
Over the years we have collected millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and you can trust that we will fight to help you get the compensation to which you may be entitled. Dealing with the aftermath of a bike accident can be challenging. You do not need to worry about legalities as well. Let the experienced accident lawyers at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. help and look out for your best interest.
Our firm represents clients in and around Port St. Lucie, including:
- Port St. Lucie
- St. Lucie West
- Fort Pierce
- Lakewood Park
Cases We Handle
While most cyclists take precautions to stay safe while riding, unfortunately, accidents still do occur. Bike accidents can be caused by a number of circumstances that may involve another party behaving negligently or recklessly. Some common causes of bike accidents include:
- Negligent motorists – When drivers speed, fail to yield the right-of-way, drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, pull out in front of cyclists, open their doors in the path of oncoming cyclists, or otherwise fail to respect the rights of cyclists to share the road, they could be held liable for injuries they cause.
- Environmental conditions – Inclement weather can cause problems with visibility or can make the roads slick, leading to serious accidents.
- Roadway conditions – When roads are not maintained, cyclists can be injured by potholes, debris, uneven surfaces, and other hazards.
- Dog attacks – Animals that are not properly restrained could attack cyclists and cause severe injuries.
- Manufacturer defects – Cyclists depend on their bikes to be responsibly designed and manufactured. A defective bike could cause serious harm to the rider.
In these or other instances, when a party’s negligent or reckless actions cause a bike accident, the victim may be compensated for their injuries and damages to property.
Negligence in Florida
Negligence occurs when a party with a duty to prevent foreseeable harm to others fails in their duty.
Individuals owe a duty to one another to act reasonably in an effort to prevent harm. For example, it is well established that motorists have a duty of care to drive and act reasonably so as to prevent accidents. Likewise, governments have a duty to maintain safe roadways for bicyclists, and dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their dogs do not attack others. If your accident was caused by another party’s failure to fulfill their duty of care, they may liable to you for your injuries.
Importantly, Florida follows the pure comparative fault rule for negligence cases. This means that even if a victim is found to have been partially at fault for causing the accident that lead to injury, they will still be able to recover compensation from the other parties found at fault for the accident. The monetary award will simply be reduced by the percentage for which the victim was deemed to be at fault for the accident.
Negligence law can be confusing and can be even more complicated if the government is a party to the lawsuit. Having an experienced St. Lucie injury attorney can help with ensuring that those responsible for your injuries after a bike accident are held accountable.
What Type of Compensation Am I Owed?
Bicycle accidents can cause damage to people and property. The financial burden of being in an accident can be hard to overcome. However, if you have been injured due to another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation for damages including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
If you have been hurt in a bike accident caused by a reckless or negligent act, you could be owed compensation from the responsible party. An experienced bike accident attorney can explain your rights and legal options and can help make sure that justice is served.
At The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., our attorneys fight aggressively for the rights of cyclists across the Treasure Coast region. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, we’ll be here to help you. While we recognize that money cannot undo the harm you and your family have suffered, it can help alleviate some of your stress and allow you to focus on healing and recovery. To learn more about your rights and to what types of compensation you may be owed, schedule a free initial consultation with The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. today by calling us at 772-336-4357. We’ve helped countless individuals in St. Lucie, and we’re here to do the same for you.