In 2010, 83 bicycle riders died in auto accidents in Florida while a total of 618 people suffered fatal bike crashes throughout the United States. During that same year, 52,000 bicycle riders in the U.S. were hurt in accidents.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a bike accident, you know that these numbers are more than just abstract statistics – they reflect people who sustained devastating emotional, physical and financial losses.
Unfortunately, many of the tragic bike accidents that occur each year could have been prevented if drivers had been more careful in the way they operated their vehicles. Drivers who were responsible for causing bike accidents need to be held accountable for the harm they have done, and a Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident lawyer at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help those injured victims take legal action and recover compensation for their crash losses.
Bike accidents can happen for a lot of reasons, but often occur when drivers make mistakes, break the rules of the road or don’t understand how to safely share the road with bicyclists. Some of the top causes of bike accidents that can occur and lead to injury or death for riders include:
In each of these situations and in many other cases, bike accidents happen as a direct result of the careless or wrongful behavior of motorists driving cars or trucks. These drivers have an obligation to bicycle riders to behave in a reasonably safe way in order to avoid causing injury, and these and other dangerous behaviors are a violation of that legal obligation.
A driver who causes a bike accident because of carelessness or violations of driver safety rules is responsible for compensating accident victims under Florida law. Bike accident victims who are seriously hurt in a crash can be compensated for their medical treatment costs; for missed work; for future lost wages; for pain and suffering; and for emotional distress. When the bike accident is deadly, surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.
To hold the driver responsible and obtain all of the compensation you deserve, however, you will need to take legal action. The Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident attorneys at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene have been represented bicyclists since 1997 to help them obtain full and fair compensation for bike wrecks. We can help you to build evidence, settle through negotiations with the insurance company, and/or prove your case in court to recover monetary damages.
The laws in Florida protect bicycle riders and their family members from facing financial loss when they have been hurt by a motorist who failed to be careful enough. You need to take advantage of the protections available to you under Florida law.
For help pursuing your case and recovering the monetary compensation you deserve, contact Steinger, Iscoe & Greene today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Ft Lauderdale bike accident lawyer.