A bicycle accident can change your life in an instant. Bicyclists suffer a staggering number of injuries and deaths in accidents involving motor vehicles. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident triggered by someone else’s negligence, you need the help of an experienced and dedicated Miami bicycle accident attorney. At the Law of Robert Dixon, we are committed to providing aggressive yet compassionate representation to each and every one of our clients.
A 56-year-old Orlando cardiologist who was riding his bike was hit and killed earlier this week. The bicyclist was hit by an SUV on busy US 17-92 during morning traffic hour around 7:00 a.m. and the physician sustained fatal injuries. In fact, he was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The hospital at which the cardiologist worked released a statement honoring the doctor and expressing their deepest condolences to his wife and children. No details regarding the driver or the vehicle have yet been released.
Establishing Liability for Bike Accidents in Florida
Bicycle accident injuries can be more serious than other types of auto accident due to the significantly lighter weight of the bicycle and the bike’s lack of structural protection. If you were injured in a bicycle accident that was not your fault, you may be able to bring a claim for economic and non-economic damages, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, property loss and more. This is typically showing that the motorist who caused the accident was negligent. Negligence takes place when a motorist is the direct and proximate cause of an accident and resulting injury or death because that motorist failed to use reasonable care behind the wheel. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent or sensible person would drive under the same or similar circumstances.
Many times, the at-fault motorist will point to the bicyclist as being at fault for the accident as well. To address this problem, Florida uses the pure comparative fault system, which reduces a plaintiff’s recovery by his or her percentage of fault. In other words, even if a bicyclist was partially to blame for an accident, he or she may still be entitled to compensation. For example, if a bicyclist is deemed to be 25 percent at fault for the accident, his or her total damages award will be reduced by that amount. Thus, the bicyclist would take home 75 percent of the total damages award, and be held accountable for his or her share of fault in this way.
Skilled Miami Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Bicycle accidents can have catastrophic consequences for a bicyclist and his or her family. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our reputable bicycle accident attorneys will scrutinize the circumstances of your case and create a legal strategy accordingly. We understand that there are few things more daunting than dealing with the possibility of a lawsuit after a horrific accident but you can rest assured that we will try to make the process as seamless as possible for you. We proudly represent clients from across South Florida. For more information regarding your case, please feel free to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.
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