Bicycle Accident Liability in Florida: What Cyclists Need to Know

Bicycle Accident Liability in Florida: What Cyclists Need to Know

When a car hits a bicyclist, the consequences can be severe, especially for the bicyclist. As a result, the nature and extent of a bicyclist’s damages can be significant. It is incredibly important in this situation that a bicyclist holds a liable party accountable for their actions and is able to recover the full amount of financial compensation they are owed for their losses.

Determining liability is essential when filing a personal injury claim. Sometimes, though, it is not an easy thing to do and can be quite complicated. When an entity or individual is suspected to be liable, it is first important to determine if negligence existed. To do this, it will need to be shown that one party had a duty of care to the other, that duty of care was violated, the violation of a duty of care caused the accident, and that the accident caused damages. When these elements can be proven, a claim will be successful.

There are many damages that a bicyclists may suffer after an accident. It is very likely that physical bodily harm will require medical treatment which can be costly. A bicycle can be crushed and a replacement or repairs could be warranted. While recovering from injuries, bicyclists who were hurt in an accident may have to take time off of work which can lead to missed wages. These are just some of the ways that a bicyclist can sustain losses which is why having an accurate account of the total amount of damages suffered is critical. This is one of the many areas where an attorney can be of great assistance because an attorney can asses a claim and put a value to it.

If you were harmed in a bicycle accident in Florida, the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Fulgencio Law are ready and prepared to help you file a claim and get the most possible from it.

Liability in Florida Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accident Liability in Florida What Cyclists Need to KnowWhen filing an injury claim, it is important to understand who or what caused a bicycle accident. For instance, if a driver caused the crash then it may be possible to file a claim against the driver’s insurance. On the other hand, if a hazard on the road caused the crash, it may be possible to file a claim against the agency responsible for road maintenance. If the bicycle was defective then it may be possible to hold a manufacturer responsible for damages.

Florida’s no-fault insurance laws indicate that anyone who is hurt in an accident can be compensated for some amount of their damages. This is done by way of one’s personal insurance. Damages beyond the coverage of one’s personal insurance and injuries that are serious may allow a victim to file a claim against the negligent party that caused their bicycle accident. Serious injuries would include disfigurement, permanent injury, and bone fractures, to name a few.

Speak with an Attorney at Fulgencio Law Today

A bicyclist can suffer severe physical bodily harm and death when struck by an automobile. Recovering full compensation is essential. 

For help with your Florida bicycle injury accident claim, you are welcome to speak with an attorney at Fulgencio Law. To schedule your free consultation, please call (813) 463-0123 today to meet with an attorney.


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