Seeking Justice For The Injured

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Was Your Bike Hit By A Car? Call Our Florida Bicycle Accident Lawyers.

Bicycle accidents often cause disabling and long-lasting injuries, some of which are permanent. Unfortunately, our bicycle accident lawyers in Tampa Bay know that bicycle accidents can also cause the wrongful death of a loved one. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year, almost 1,000 cyclists are killed and almost another 55,000 are seriously injured in bicycle accidents in the United States.

Although the Sunshine State’s warmer weather and near-perfect riding conditions make this a great state to bike in, we are sadly the deadliest state for bicycle accidents. According to statistics from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), bicyclists account for almost 170 fatalities, almost 800 incapacitating injuries and nearly 2,600 other injuries each year. These are shocking statistics, as they lead the country in every category.

At Dumas & Sanclemente, PLLC, our personal injury law firm in the Tampa Bay area of Florida is dedicated to helping injured people and their families recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering resulting from any type of injury-causing accident. This includes catastrophic and tragic bicycle accidents in Florida.

We offer free case evaluations, and we only get paid after you get paid in a settlement, verdict, award or another type of recovery. This means there is no upfront cost or financial risk to begin working with our experienced bicycle accident lawyers in Tampa Bay. To learn more about how we can help you, call our bodily injury law firm today to schedule a free consultation.

Common Injuries Caused By Bicycle Accidents In The Tampa Bay Area

Given that bicyclists have little protection except a helmet, if a car collides with a cyclist, the chance of injury is great. While some victims of bicycle accidents suffer little harm, not all are as fortunate. As mentioned above, Florida has the highest number of bicycle deaths each year. Some of the most common injuries that are caused by bicycle accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis (quadriplegia and paraplegia)
  • Internal organ damage
  • Face or eye injuries
  • Dental injuries
  • Lung punctures and other varieties of internal bleeding
  • Amputation or loss of limb
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Head trauma
  • Wrongful death
  • Knee, hip and shoulder injuries
  • Neck or back injuries

We represent Florida residents and visitors, such as tourists, who have suffered the above injuries and other injuries caused by bicycle accidents in the Tampa Bay area. We also bring wrongful death claims for surviving next of kin.

Liability For Bicycle Accidents In Florida

While there are certain situations in which bicyclists may be partially or fully to blame for an accident, oftentimes, the driver of the motor vehicle is to blame. That being said, bicycles are considered to be vehicles, and liability typically comes down to who had the right of way at the time. This only applies to certain situations, such as accidents at intersections.

For accidents involving distracted drivers, drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving or opening their door without checking for oncoming cyclists, the driver is often to blame. Our bicycle accident lawyers in Tampa Bay will work to help prove that the other driver was at fault for your injuries and recover the compensation that you deserve.

Damages For Bicycle Accident Victims In Florida

People who have been injured in a bicycle accident due to negligence or recklessness and their close family members may be eligible for something called damages. Damages are typically awarded to victims in the form of monetary compensation. Some of the most common damages awarded to bicyclists and their families include the following:

  • Physical pain and suffering (past and future)
  • Loss of consortium: This includes loss of relations with a spouse, loss of society, etc.
  • Emotional pain and suffering (past and future)
  • Medical bills (past and future)
  • Coverage for assistive devices
  • Nursing care
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Vehicle or home modifications
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages
  • Property damage
  • Other damages for victims injured in a bicycle accident in the Tampa Bay Area

Damages are intended to compensate a victim or their family members for any injuries or financial losses that they sustain as a result of someone else’s negligence – including a person, business or government entity.

Recover The Compensation For Which You Are Eligible

Being involved in a bicycle accident can be frightening. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, your focus may just be on your recovery. The unfortunate truth, however, is that victims of bicycle accidents often suffer long term from any injuries sustained. Not only that, victims also often face serious financial losses, especially if their injuries force them to be out of work for a prolonged time or if their injuries force them to leave their previous careers behind.

If a bicycle accident is catastrophic and fatal, the wrongful death of a loved one due to a bicycle accident is devastating. While the emotional effects of such an event are catastrophic, you are also forced to face all financial burdens as a result of the loss of your loved one. We will work with you to recover compensation for any current and future financial losses that you suffer as a result of your loved one’s death and any damages that you may be eligible for on behalf of your loved one, such as pain and suffering.

Schedule A Free Consultation With Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers

We are here to help, first by explaining what your legal rights and remedies may be under Florida law.

Call our experienced bicycle accident lawyers in Tampa Bay at Dumas & Sanclemente, PLLC, to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you by dialing 844-400-2667 or by sending us a private message on our “Contact Us” box available here.