Though not commonly thought of when discussing motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents have the potential to be just as dangerous and life-altering. Even if you’re driving attentively and safely and wearing all required protective gear such as a helmet, another driver’s negligence can result in injury or even death to bicyclists.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident or if a loved one has died as a result of a bicycle accident, then you may be able to pursue financial compensation. Personal injuries and wrongful deaths can come with costs that you shouldn’t have to pay yourself if you weren’t responsible for the accident.
Florida Bicycle Accident Statistics
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) keeps track of motor vehicle accident statistics statewide and for every individual county. Likely, you’re pursuing a bicycle accident case because you have either been injured in a bicycle accident or a loved one has died as a result of a bicycle accident, and you’re looking for financial compensation to help pay for the costs that arose from either circumstance.
How Common Are Florida Bicycle Injuries?
According to FLHSMV data for 2021, the most recent full year of available data, there were 6,398 bicycle crashes in Florida. These accidents resulted in 5,972 injuries, nearly one per accident. In Sarasota County in 2021, there were 189 bicycle crashes that resulted in 178 injuries.
Keep in mind that the number of injuries refers to total injuries, and not the number of accidents that resulted in injury. A bicycle accident may result in no injuries, or it may result in many. Regardless, if you’ve been in a bicycle accident, the likelihood of injury is fairly high.
How Common Are Florida Bicycle Deaths?
As one might expect, the rate of death for Florida bicycle accidents is significantly lower, with the 6,398 bicycle accidents in 2021 resulting in 182 deaths. The 189 bicycle accidents in Sarasota County in 2021 resulted in just two deaths.
Though rare, bicycle accidents can result in death and may be grounds for a wrongful death suit if the accident was caused by distracted or dangerous driving by another party.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accidents lawyer serving Sarasota, call (561) 995-1966
Ged Lawyers Are Sarasota Bicycle Accident Lawyers with a Proven Track Record
Ged Lawyers has been representing Florida victims of bicycle accidents and other personal injuries since 1995. We’re staffed with compassionate lawyers and paralegals who want to do right by you and make sure you have everything you need to recover from your injury. It’s not just our quality legal services that make many of our clients recommend us to friends or relatives.
We want to make it as easy as possible to pursue legal action during what may be a difficult time for you. That is why we offer a free case review and, in some cases, no upfront costs. This means that in some cases we offer our services with no costs unless we win your case or reach a suitable out-of-court settlement.
We don’t want anyone’s personal finances to be a barrier to pursuing financial compensation if they are the victim of wrongdoing from insurance companies. We don’t want language or geographical location to be barriers either. That’s why you can talk to an attorney in either English or Spanish, and why we’ll come to you if you’re unable to travel, no matter where in Florida you live.
Our Track Record of Recovering Damages for Our Clients
We have a great track record of being able to win financial compensation for our clients. Some of our clients have been able to receive sums of more than a million dollars with many others receiving sums of six figures. These are exceptional examples, and while we can’t guarantee that your case will result in figures such as these, our proven track record shows many examples of winning cases or reaching suitable out-of-court settlements for our clients.
Contact Us Soon If You’re Approaching the Statute of Limitations for Your Case
If you’re approaching the statute of limitations for your case, then it may be in your best interest to contact us as soon as possible so that we can get started on your case. The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time after an incident that you’re allowed to pursue legal action.
For a bicycle accident, this may be either a personal injury or wrongful death suit, that has statutes of limitations of four and two years, respectively, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11.
We understand that the decision to file a case is oftentimes a difficult one, which is why we offer a free case review as well as no upfront costs for your case. In many cases, we offer a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay anything unless we win your case. We don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to receive the financial compensation you’re owed. Contact our Sarasota office to schedule a free case review.
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Reasons to Pursue a Bicycle Accident Case
Florida is a no-fault state, which means your own insurance is responsible for paying for the costs that result from a bicycle accident. If you feel that your insurance is not giving you the payment that you need in order to pay for the expenses that have resulted from a bicycle accident, then you may want to pursue legal action.
Costs may include:
- Doctors’ appointments
- Prescription drugs
- Lost wages due to missed time at work because of your injuries
- Funeral expenses
- Lost income due to the passing of a loved one
These are just a few examples, but some of the most likely reasons to pursue financial compensation.