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It is often a convenient form of transportation to use your bicycle to get around, but it can also come with some hazards. The roads aren’t easily shareable with cars and bikes and this can lead to some serious crashes and injuries. If you have been seriously injured in a bike accident, we are here to guide you through your bike accident claim every step of the way. One of our St. Petersburg bicycle accident attorneys would be glad to set up a free consultation to go over your case with you. Call us anytime.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients and are dedicated to achieving the compensation you deserve.
  • Our firm holds over 60 years of experience in representing personal injury plaintiffs, including victims of bicycle accidents.
  • We operate on a contingency fee basis for maximum affordability. You will not be charged legal fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

What Are Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?

Bicycle accidents can occur for several reasons. Dangerous road conditions, inclement weather, and defective bicycle parts can contribute to serious collisions. In many cases, however, negligent and reckless driving behaviors are responsible.

Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include the following.

Legal Options for Florida Bicycle Accident Victims

If you are injured in a St. Petersburg, FL bicycle accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Your pathway to recovery will depend on the cause of your accident. For example, if your bicycle has a defective part that malfunctions and causes a collision, you could file a lawsuit against the part’s manufacturer. If a dangerous or defective road condition leads to your accident, you could file a claim against the agency responsible for maintaining that road.

In cases involving negligent drivers, recovering compensation is slightly more complex. Florida is a no-fault insurance state and requires all drivers to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. If you have PIP coverage for your vehicle and are struck while riding your bike, you can recover compensation for your financial losses under your own insurance policy. You could file a third-party insurance claim or lawsuit against the other driver if your injuries meet certain severity thresholds.

If you do not have PIP insurance and are injured by a negligent driver, you could still file a claim against the at-fault driver. Speak to a St. Petersburg bicycle accident attorney at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner to identify your appropriate path to compensation.

Damages Available to Bicycle Accident Victims

Through a bicycle accident claim, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic losses you sustained in your accident. Economic damages involve your financial losses, such as medical expenses or property damage. On the other hand, non-economic damages involve your physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Common types of damages available to bicycle accident victims include the following.

  • Past and future medical expenses, such as hospitalizations, surgeries, and prescription medications
  • Mobility equipment, home and vehicle modifications, and other types of disability accommodations
  • Rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other specialized treatments for your injuries
  • Physical pain and suffering, such as chronic pain, disability, and disfigurement
  • Emotional pain and suffering, including mental anguish, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Loss of quality and enjoyment of life
  • Wrongful death damages, such as burial and funeral expenses, final medical costs, and other losses associated with a loved one’s death

The damages you are eligible to recover depend on the type of claim you are filing, as well as the circumstances surrounding your accident. Your bicycle accident attorney at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner can evaluate your claim and identify your optimal path to maximum compensation.

How to Win the Most Compensation

Luckily for some people, in Florida, you can receive compensation for your injuries even if you are deemed to be mostly at fault for causing the accident. You could have swerved into the road and gotten hit and still receive an award. The downside with this is that it is not without consequence. If you share any fault, you will have a reduced award. For example, if you were to be deemed as 10% at fault for causing the accident, you will have to have your award reduced by 10%. Let’s say you were awarded $10,000. You would be able to collect $9,000. If you are deemed 100% at fault for causing the accident, then you will be barred from receiving compensation. Our goal is to prevent you from being blamed for causing the accident.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company After a Bike Accident?

The people who will try to blame you for the accident include the liable party and the insurance company that represents them. The insurance company will reach out to you shortly after the accident and ask you to give them a recorded statement. It is in your best interest not to give them one. You should let your attorney take over all communications. If you were to talk to them, they would be asking you all of these weighted questions that would give you no option but to answer unfavorably. They will take advantage of the fact that you are probably still recovering from these injuries and they will do whatever they can to reduce what they owe you or be able to throw away their case.

One of the biggest mistakes would be to take an insurance compensation check before determining the full extent of your damages. Our St. Petersburg bicycle accident attorneys will make sure that you get the facts before you accept a check:
Assessing the situation: We check the circumstances of your case to analyze all possible angles before we step into the courtroom. Illustrating fault is essential to winning cases.

  • Proving negligence: Our attorneys prove that you are a victim based on negligence of the liable party.
  • Demanding compensation: We have experience dealing with insurance companies and know that their first offer is never their best. We argue for the damages you deserve.

Our St. Petersburg bicycle accident attorneys are invested in the outcome of your case. We are proud to be reputable winners and will make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.

What to Do After the Bicycle Accident

Seeking medical attention is going to be the most important thing that you do. The injuries that you suffer from an accident like this can be severe. They include traumatic brain injury, broken bones, spinal cord damage and more. Immediately after the collision, if you are conscious, you may have a ton of adrenaline that will mask the pain you will most certainly feel when it wears off. Don’t use that as a reason not to see the doctor.

At the scene, if you are able to wait for the police to show up, there are a few steps you might want to take to get evidence. You can talk to witnesses and get their contact information, get insurance information from the driver involved in your accident, and take photos of everything on the scene that seems relevant. It is also very important that you do not say it was your fault, regardless of whether you think you caused it or not. You might be wrong. If you are unable to stay on the scene or you were taken away in an ambulance, you can have a friend or family member come collect evidence for you. You may also consider hiring an attorney right away who can step on the scene for you and collect the evidence.

How Long You Have to File a Claim in Florida

If you want to ensure that your case is going to have the best possible chance of success, you need to make sure that you get everything done on time. Florida law states that you need to have filed your claim or settled it in civil court within four years from the date of your bike accident. That means if you wait four years and a day to try to file a claim, you will be barred from receiving compensation altogether. You’ll want to ask quickly after your accident so that you don’t risk losing precious evidence and witness statements. The sooner you get an attorney, the better off you will be.

The St. Petersburg bicycle accident attorneys of Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner are board certified trial lawyers, meaning that if court appearances are necessary for your case, we have the skills to fight on your behalf and achieve effective results. Because we understand that every case is unique and important to the people involved, we strive to provide you with the personal attention we believe you deserve as the victim of a bicycle accident.

We focus on a number of issues that concern victims of bike accidents and argue your case based on these factors:

  • Liability of parties involved
  • Insurance compensation offerings
  • Determination of fault
  • Identification of distracted driving

Our attorneys have a reputation for successfully litigating accident & injury cases. We stand up to insurance companies on your behalf while you concentrate on getting back on your feet after an accident.

Call Our St. Petersburg Bicycle Accident Attorneys Today

If you want strong, dedicated, and experienced St. Petersburg bicycle accident attorneys, please do not hesitate to call our office today to set up a free consultation. We will make your case a priority and make sure we do not give up until we have the best possible result for you. Call us today to discuss your bike accident claim.

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