What Are My Rights And Responsibilities On The Road As A Bicycle Rider?
As a bicycle rider on the road, you assume all the rights and responsibilities of a driver of an automobile. In other words, every single law that applies to a driver of an automobile also applies to the rider of a bicycle.
If I Was Partially At Fault For An Accident That Occurred While I Was Riding My Bicycle, Can I Sue The Driver Of The Vehicle Who Was Involved?
Even if you were partially at fault for an accident that occurred while you were riding your bicycle, you can bring a lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle who was involved. For example, you may have been riding on the wrong side of the road or without the proper lights and therefore contributed to the accident, but you are still eligible to receive compensation for your damages. The principle of comparative negligence often comes into play in these cases, but they are still good cases because cyclists are sympathetic figures in the state of Florida.
I Was Riding My Bicycle When I Hit A Pothole And Sustained A Serious Head Injury. Do I Have A Case? If So, Against Who?
If you hit a pothole while riding your bicycle and sustained a serious head injury, you may have a case against the county, city, or private entity that was responsible for maintaining the roads.
Is There Such A Thing As A Bicycle Accident Expert That Could Be Used In My Case?
Bicycle accident experts exist throughout the country. After an accident involving a cyclist has occurred, they help determine whether or not that cyclist failed to use the correct hand signals or follow the rules of the road.
How Do I Know When I Should Settle My Bicycle Accident Claim? Is It Better Than Going To Trial?
There is no one set point where you should settle your bicycle accident claim, but I can tell you that from a general perspective, you can never resolve a case without first consulting an attorney. With an attorney by your side, you will likely obtain a settlement that is three or four times as great as the settlement you would receive if you were to try to resolve the case on your own. There are certain techniques and methodologies we use to put leverage on the defendants to resolve cases quickly. Most cases are resolved without a trial, but we’ve tried over 50 cases of this type in the last 20 years.
How Are Bicycle Accident Settlement Amounts Generally Calculated?
The awards for bicycle accident cases are generally much higher than the awards for automobile accident cases. This is because cyclists are much more sympathetic figures than the drivers of vehicles. Settlement amounts are comprised of past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and past and future pain and suffering.
Is There A Minimum Settlement Amount For A Bicycle Accident Claim In Florida?
There is no minimum and no maximum settlement amount for a bicycle accident claim in Florida.
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