According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2017, 75% of bicycle accidents occurred in urban areas, while 25% of accidents occurred in rural areas. More specifically:
- Twenty-seven percent of fatal bicycle accidents happened at intersections.
- Sixty-three percent occurred in some other area of the road besides intersections.
- Ten percent of fatal bicycle accidents occurred at other locations like sidewalks, medians, trails, roadsides, parking lanes, and more.
Based on where your accident occurred and how the accident happened, a bicycle accident attorney with our firm can help you prove liability. That is just a portion of the services they can provide during your fight for compensation.
The Most Common Time of Day for Bicycle Accidents to Occur
Research from the NHTSA reveals that fatal bicycle accidents are most likely to occur between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m during the week and 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on the weekend.
While investigating your accident, a bicycle accident lawyer with our firm can examine the history of accidents in the given area. That includes looking at blind spots, poor roadway conditions, and other factors that may have contributed to your accident.
Additionally, they can work to obtain police reports and video surveillance, which is common on major roadways. Your attorney can combine this information with other forms of physical and circumstantial evidence to help you identify who caused your accident.
Recovering Damages After a Bicycle Accident
Florida law allows you to seek compensatory damages that address your physical, emotional, and financial losses. If the injuries are severe enough, these damages can cover your expenses from the moment of your accident to the end of your life.
Examples of recoverable damages include:
- Damaged property
- Lost wages
- Future lost earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Past and future medical bills
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Wrongful Death Damages
If you lost your loved one in a bicycle accident, you could pursue a wrongful death case for damages, including:
- Your loved one’s burial and funeral services
- Your loved one’s medical bills
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Your loss of consortium, companionship, and guidance
Keep in mind that every case is different, and you don’t have to only pursue these damages. There might be others that you qualify to receive, so consult your lawyer to find out more.
More on How We Can Help You with Your Bicycle Accident Case
As mentioned above, your lawyer can help you assess all your damages, collect evidence, and determine liability. Although these are very important duties, we provide other services that will benefit you during the legal process. A list of some of our services is below.
- Handling communication: Instead of going back and forth with the other party and their team, let your lawyer do it.
- Negotiating a settlement: The other party’s insurance company might try to offer you a low settlement because they are working for a profit and don’t want to pay up. Your lawyer can make a counteroffer to get you the compensation you need.
- Representing you in court: If neither side can agree on a settlement amount, then your lawyer can take your case to trial.
- Updating you on the status of your case: Whenever anything changes or your lawyer hears something new about your case, you can count on them to keep you in the loop.
Timeframe for Filing a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit
Every state has unique rules for filing a bicycle accident lawsuit. In the State of Florida, Florida Statutes §95.11 places a four-year statute of limitations on most bicycle accident cases.
That means once your accident occurs, you are required to take legal action within four years of that day. This time limit is considered a general rule, and it does not apply to every case. After learning more about your unique case, one of our personal injury lawyers can help you understand the unique statute of limitations that applies to your circumstances.
If the statute of limitations is ignored and you neglect to file your lawsuit on time, you may essentially forfeit your right to compensation. It will then be up to you to pay for all your consequential damages.
Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Bogin, Munns and Munns Fight Hard for Our Clients
Our attorneys at Bogin, Munns & Munns have fought for bicycle accident victims all over the State of Florida. Today, we have offices in more than 10 cities across Central Florida, allowing us to serve your legal needs at your convenience.
We also work for a contingency fee – meaning there are no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you hire us. We will only get paid if and when you are awarded compensation, as we deduct our payment from it.
For more information about taking legal action after a negligent bicycle accident in Orlando, contact a Bogin, Munns & Munns team member today and get started with your free consultation.