How Our Florida Bicycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You
Our experienced bicycle accident lawyers can take your claim from start to finish and can manage everything your claim needs. We can investigate the bike crash, determine who should be held responsible, negotiate for a settlement, and even take your claim to court if needed. At Fine, Farkash and Parlapiano, P.A. our experienced lawyers have handled bicycle accidents throughout the region, and we’re ready to help you.
After an initial consultation, our lawyers can begin thoroughly and independently investigating the crash. We’ll work to find out what really happened, and who was actually responsible for your injuries. We’ll work with local authorities and investigators, and we’ll collect the evidence that your claim needs. We’ll pull together your statements, witness statements, and crash scene evidence such as video and photos of the accident. We may also call on experts if needed to reconstruct the accident.
As part of the investigation, we’ll review your injuries and speak with medical experts as needed to evaluate your injuries. Some injuries are obvious and easy to evaluate, others may take longer to show up or may have subtle and lasting consequences on your life. It may also be necessary to work with vocational and financial experts to calculate your total losses. We’ll listen to you and craft a claim for compensation for your injuries.
Following the investigation, we’ll fight to hold the at-fault parties responsible for their actions. Based on our investigation of the crash and the extent of your losses, we’ll advocate for you and the recovery you need.
Our attorneys will be prepared to stand up for your interests during negotiations with the insurance company. Insurers handle accident negotiations all the time, and their objective is to pay you the lowest amount possible. That’s how they protect their bottom-line profits. Despite what their ads may say, they do not have your best interests at heart. In fact, no one but your personal injury attorney will look out for you – not the insurance companies, not the police, not the courts.
Our experienced lawyers know how to evaluate your claim and how to represent you with the strength and professionalism that you deserve. Throughout any discussions, we’ll use our years of experience to help you recover the compensation you need.
If those responsible for your accident refuse to offer a reasonable settlement, we will be ready to fight for you in court. Our experienced lawyers can develop a legal strategy, prepare any evidence, and zealously fight for you in any proceedings. We’re proud of the work we do for clients, and we’re available to help you.
What If the Driver Fled the Scene of the Bike Crash?
Bicyclists are uniquely vulnerable on the road, and when a driver flees the scene, cyclists need to act fast to protect themselves. If you’re involved in an accident where the driver flees the scene, do your best to capture the license plate number and description of the vehicle that hit you. If you didn’t catch it, immediately talk with those in the area to see if anyone else did.
If you were injured and unable to get that information, and there were no witnesses, there may be other ways to get information about the driver. A bike accident lawyer can work with local authorities, talk with individuals and businesses who may have a video of the accident, and work diligently to uncover the identity of the person who hit you.
In some hit-and-run crashes, the responsible driver may never be found. Even if you are in this situation, you may still have an avenue for recovery under Florida law. If you have auto insurance that includes uninsured motorist (UM) coverage, you may be entitled to benefits under that policy – even though you weren’t driving your car at the time. Our Florida bicycle accident lawyers are prepared to pursue every option for your recovery.
How Long Do You Have to File a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit in Florida?
In Florida, bike accident victims generally have four years from the date of the accident to file a suit for their injuries and any damage to their property. If someone dies due to a bike accident, a representative of their estate may bring a wrongful death suit within two years from the date of death.
There may be rare circumstances where you have a longer amount of time, but it’s important to know that courts usually enforce these limits without question. That means if you fail to file a suit within the legal time limits, you may lose your right to compensation.
If you’ve been injured, don’t wait to start your claim. As years pass by, evidence may be lost, witnesses may be harder to contact, and your claim may become more difficult. By starting the process quickly, you’re protecting yourself, your claim, and your rights.
Tips for Protecting Your Rights After a Florida Bike Accident
Protect yourself, your rights, and your claim by following the tips below.
Bike accidents can lead to severe injuries, and it’s critical to get care as fast as you can. In some cases, prompt medical care can mean the difference between a quick recovery and a lasting injury.
Injuries such as brain damage, internal injuries, and many others may only show up after time has passed. A comprehensive medical assessment will protect your health, and your claim, by identifying and documenting your injuries.
After an accident, the responsible party’s insurance may be an important source of compensation.
After an accident, witnesses may disappear quickly, so it’s essential to get their contact information before they’re gone. Ask someone on the scene to help if you are unable to do it yourself.
Take pictures any damage to your bike, damage to the motor vehicle, license plates, and anything else in the accident scene that may be helpful. This includes skid marks and any other relevant details. Also make sure that you capture the environment around the accident scene including lighting, visibility, signage, and other details. Every accident tells a story, and the more photos you can take, the better. If you are injured and unable to photograph the scene, see if there is someone who could take pictures for you.
Local police should arrive on the scene and prepare a report about the accident. When you’re talking with them, give only the facts you know and don’t accept or blame for the crash or speculate about its cause.
Insurance companies may contact you after an accident and ask for recorded statements. This is standard procedure for them, but they’re not doing it for your benefit. If you make any mistakes or misremember a detail, they may use that statement against you later on. Before you make any recorded statements, speak with a lawyer about your accident.
Bike accidents can leave you injured, exhausted, and confused about your next steps. A lawyer can handle any discussions with the insurance companies, prepare your claim, and fight for your compensation every step of the way.