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Gainesville Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Bicycle accident in GainesvilleBicyclists face unique challenges on Florida’s roads. After a collision with a motor vehicle, they may end up with serious injuries. Bicyclists have very little protection against careless driver, bad weather, dangerous roads, and many other threats on the road. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident that was someone else’s fault, a personal injury claim can help you find the compensation you need. Make sure you get help from an experienced lawyer who knows how to fight for you.

At Fine, Farkash and Parlapiano, P.A., our experienced personal injury attorneys are focused on helping bicycle accident victims recover the compensation they deserve.

Jack J. Fine and Cherie H. Fine are both active cyclists who have fought for cyclists’ rights across Florida. Jake Fine rides his bike to work on a regular basis and frequently takes family vacations with bike tours. The firm is also a proud supporter of the Gainesville Cycling Club.

Based in Gainesville, we’re available to help bike accident victims throughout Alachua County and throughout the state. For a free consultation about your case, call us or use our online contact form today.

Compensation After a Bike Accident in Florida

After a bike accident in Florida, there may be several types of compensation available for your losses. The types and amount will depend upon the unique circumstances of your case. However, there are common forms of compensation, including:

  • Compensation for your medical bills and medical treatment.

    When a motor vehicle strikes a bicyclist, the bicyclist may be critically injured. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and many other serious injuries are common. You may need extensive medical treatment after an accident, time in a hospital, and physical therapy for months or even years afterward. A bicycle accident claim may include the cost for any past, present, or future medical treatment related to the crash.

  • Compensation for the wages you miss out on after an accident, and compensation for lost opportunities in the future.

    A bicycle accident can put you out of work for a long time. Your injuries may also hurt your ability to earn money in the future. A bicycle accident claim may include compensation for the income you lose due to your injuries, and the opportunities you may lose in the future.

  • Compensation for your pain and suffering.

    A bike accident may leave you with lasting physical and emotional pain. Physical pain may hang around for years and prevent you from doing the activities you once loved. When an accident leaves you with mental pain, severe problems such as depression, insomnia, and anxiety may develop. Our experienced bike accident lawyers will work with you and medical professionals to understand your pain and how much compensation you may be entitled to.

  • Compensation for property damage.

    In a crash, it’s common for a bicycle to be destroyed. Bicycles are no match for motor vehicles, and even a minor impact can total your bike. A bike accident claim may include compensation for your bicycle, your clothing, your helmet, and any other personal possessions that were damaged or destroyed during the accident.

  • Punitive damages may be available in a bike accident case.

    Punitive damages are a special type of extra damages that a court can add to your award. In Florida, punitive damages may be available when the defendant’s conduct was intentional or reckless and resulted in your injuries. Punitive damages are a unique type of compensation, and their availability will depend upon your case.

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.

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.

When a Bike Accident Changes Your Life, We’re There

Bike accident injuries can leave you permanently injured, in pain, and wondering how you’ll recover. At Fine, Farkash and Parlapiano, P.A., we focus on helping bike accident victims like you find the compensation they deserve.

With over 100 years of combined experience, our lawyers are ready to fight for you and the recovery you need.

We proudly represent bike accident victims in Gainesville, Alachua County, and throughout Florida. If you’ve been injured in a bike accident, contact us today for a free initial consultation. Call us or use our online contact form now.

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