In the majority of bicycle accident cases, the fault lies with the vehicle driver, not the bicyclist. If you are injured in a bicycle crash in south Florida, and the negligence of a bus, truck, or automobile driver caused your injury, obtain legal help at once from an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer who can help you file and pursue a personal injury claim. You may be reimbursed for your medical treatment, lost income, and other injury-related expenses.
When a car, motorcycle, bus, or truck crashes into a bicycle, it’s almost certainly the bicyclist who will suffer the more severe injury. After any bicycle accident that results in an injury, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at once. If you delay, evidence may be lost and witnesses may vanish or become forgetful. When a good personal injury lawyer handles your bike crash case, every witness will be thoroughly examined and every detail will be fully investigated. A good personal injury attorney may also consult with accident reconstruction specialists to determine who was at fault; submit testimony from medical experts to support your injury claim; and advocate aggressively on your behalf for the maximum compensation.
Bicyclists far too often are hurt or killed by drivers who are texting, intoxicated, or otherwise proceeding in a reckless or negligent manner that threatens lives.
Accidents and Road Hazards
Several accidents in Palm Beach every year occur not because of negligent motorists, but because of defective road conditions. A bicycle by design is much more susceptible to loss of control or damage when it encounters a defective road condition, like a pothole or bumpy road.
There are a number of defective road conditions that can cause a bicycle accident. For instance, potholes cause a significant number of bicycle accidents in Palm Beach every year. Apart from these, collisions with sewer grates, and abandoned rail and trolley tracks can also cause accidents.
When a defective road condition causes an accident, there may be a government agency, or entity that is possibly liable. Speak to a Palm Beach bicycle accident lawyer about identifying the parties that may be liable in your claim.
Identifying the exact party that is liable your case can be complicated. While some roads may come under the jurisdiction of the state government, local streets may come under the jurisdiction of local city agencies. It’s important to identify the correct party before you file a claim.
Besides, filing a claim against a government entity or agency is much more challenging because there are different rules that apply. For one thing, the statute of limitations for filing a claim against a government is much smaller than for regular personal injury claims. Additionally, city and county agencies may enjoy some degree of sovereign immunity from personal injury claims.
In today’s south Florida, people in every age group are more physically active than ever, so they’re riding more bicycles. More people are commuting on bicycles, too. Bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers should both take every possible safety precaution. If – despite your best efforts at safety – you’re injured in a bike crash by a negligent driver anywhere in south Florida, get the legal help you need at once and contact an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer immediately.
Florida law requires bicycles to be equipped with a headlight lamp and wheel reflectors, but many cyclists choose not to comply, and historically, enforcement has been spotty at best. Bicyclists may not use headphones while riding, and – contrary to common beliefs – bicycle riders may use the sidewalks in Florida provided that they yield to pedestrians.
The state of Florida only requires bicyclists below the age of 16 to wear helmets while riding a bicycle. Adult bicyclists are not required under the law to wear bicycle helmets while riding. Bicyclist helmets can offer some degree of protection against injuries in an accident. It makes sense to wear a helmet because head injuries are typically the most serious injuries that result from a bicycle accident.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, and were not wearing a helmet at the time, you may still be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries. Speak to a lawyer about your options for compensation. A court may not look very favorably on your failure to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, even if you were not legally required to do so. It may consider that you were partly responsible for your injuries by failing to wear a helmet and protect yourself against a head injury.
No one expects a bicyclist to know in-depth bicycle maintenance procedures. However, every bicyclist must know simple basic maintenance tips that can keep his bicycle functioning well. Remember, there is very little protecting a bicyclist from suffering serious injuries or dying in an accident. Your bicycle, therefore, will play a huge significant role in helping reduce the risk of accidents. A well-functioning bicycle with all components in perfect running order is much less likely to be involved in an accident.
As the bicyclist, you must know how to change a flat tire. If you are trying some DIY on your bicycle, then keep track of the order in which you disassembled components so that you can easily put them back together again.
Frequently, check your tire pressure. Your tire pressure must be optimum.
Keep your bicycle repair tools in perfect condition. Avoid loaning your tools to friends.
Never ride your bike without basic maintenance. You must have a pump, a patch kit and a multi toolkit. These will help you fix minor problems.
Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for bicycle recalls, and see if your bicycle is on that list. There have been a number of bicycles recently involved in recalls. If your bicycle is included in a recall, follow the instructions provided by the bicycle manufacturer for repairs or replacement of parts.
Bicycle Accidents and Brain Injuries
If you are involved in a bicycle accident, one of the most common injuries that you can suffer from is a brain injury. This is especially true if you are not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. There is much that we do not know about a traumatic brain injury. Research continues to spotlight hitherto unknown, long-term consequences of a brain injury.
A moderate to severe brain injury can dramatically impact your ability to think, work and function after the injury. One of the long-term consequences of a brain injury, is the effect on your thinking. Your ability to reason may decline, and you may suffer from memory loss. For help filing a brain injury claim, speak to a Palm Beach brain injury lawyer.
A brain injury can also have a significant effect on your sense of taste, smell and sight. Communication abilities are impacted, and you may have difficulty expressing your thoughts in as convincing manner as you did before. Your communication abilities are also impaired, and concentration is impacted.
A traumatic brain injury can also result in mental changes, including symptoms of depression and anxiety. A person with a traumatic brain injury may show personality changes, and become more aggressive. Sometimes, a brain injury can result in socially inappropriate behavior.
All of this is a strain not just on the victim of the brain injury, but also his immediate family members who have to deal with all of these consequences of the injury.
When you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, it’s imperative to retain the advice and services of an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney.