Miami Bicycle Accident Lawyer
“A bicycle does get you there and more…. And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun.”
~ Bill Emerson On Bicycling, Saturday Evening Post, 1967
While riding bicycles is a great way to exercise and a common means of transportation in Miami, getting into a bicycle accident can result in very serious injuries.
Florida offers cyclists many favorable conditions for biking including great weather, flat terrain, and interesting destinations. However, the city of Miami poses many challenges for bicyclists such as crowded roadways, congested construction work areas, stop-and-go traffic and lots of pedestrian activity.
In addition, the city has unique bicycling challenges, including bike couriers who perform messenger services and the brand new bike share program that puts thousands more bicyclists on the roadways.
Florida has consistently been the state with the highest amount of bicycle injuries and accidents. Recent statistics from the Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report conducted by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, states that bicycle fatalities increased by nearly 58 percent from 76 bicycle accident death in 2010 to 120 bicyclists dying in bike accidents in 2011.
Injuries and Damages
Our attorneys are specialized in handling catastrophic bicycle accidents, many involving contact with a motor vehicle that failed to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or suddenly turned into the path of a cyclist. Too often, motorists, trucks and buses fail to share the road, forcing cyclists off the road or into a collision.
Sometimes bike accidents occur due to environmental and mechanical factors such as:
- Defective roadway design or maintenance
- Impaired visibility
- Poor road and path conditions
- Road debris or maintenance problems
- Dog attacks
- Mechanical failures- malfunction of brakes, chain or pedals detaching, a loose wheel or steering mechanism, trouble with shifting gears, or spokes bending or breaking
- Entangled clothing caught in the bicycle
- Pedal slips
In Florida, bicyclists must observe the same rules of the road and be accorded the same rights as the operators of all other vehicles pursuant to Florida Vehicle and Traffic Law . Still, bicycle crash victims may discover the Florida bicycle accident law is on their side, depending on the accident.
Our Bike Accident Attorneys Can Help
Injuries in bicycle accidents range from minor sprains all the way to catastrophic injuries such as brain damage, multiple fractures and spinal cord trauma. Some injuries require extended treatment and physical therapy with bills that add up very quickly. Much of rehabilitative treatment is not covered by health insurance.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident in Florida that resulted in a permanent injury or disability, you may be entitled to compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, and more.
If you are the victim of a bicycle accident, the lawyers at Wolf & Pravato can help you to fight for full financial recovery through detailed, meticulous preparation for trial.
To learn more call us today at 1-954-633-8270 or fill out our online contact form.