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Questions to Ask After a Bicycle Accident in Florida

When a person chooses to ride a bicycle, they are agreeing to a certain amount of risk due to the fact that drivers are not always paying close attention to the roads in front of them. Luckily, there are many options for recovery for a bicyclist when they have been harmed in an accident.

In the entire U.S. country in 2018, approximately 857 cyclists were killed in bicycle accidents. These accidents can be prevented when drivers exercise caution on our roads and bicyclists choose to wear helmets, preventing serious and tragic brain injuries. If you have suffered injuries in one of these serious collisions, you might wonder what options are available for you as you navigate the legal system and work toward financial recovery.

Questions for Your Attorney After a Bicycle Accident

What steps should I take immediately following a bicycle accident? One of the most important things to remember immediately after your bicycle accident is that you must seek medical attention for your injuries. Not only will this ensure that your well-being is protected, but also that you obtain the compensation you deserve after you bring a claim. You always want to gather contact information from others at the scene and take photographs of your accident, as well. All of these types of evidence will help you later on down the road.

Do bicyclists have the right-of-way every time? You may have heard that pedestrians always have the right-of-way at an intersection. However, this is not always the case when it comes to bicyclists. Bicycle riders are expected to follow the same rules as the drivers of passenger vehicles. This means obeying all of the traffic rules and lights.

What if I violated a traffic regulation? Even if you were partially at fault for an accident, you might be able to recover a certain amount in the event of an accident. However, the amount you would have originally received might be drastically reduced as a result.

How long do I have to file a claim? You have to abide by the rules known as the ‘statute of limitations’ as it applies to your claim. In Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to file a claim for your injuries caused by a bicycle accident. You generally don’t want to wait long after your accident to file a claim due to the fact that evidence starts to vanish over time and it could become more difficult to prove that another party is at fault. 

How can an attorney help after my bicycle accident? In the event of a serious bicycle accident caused by another driver, you might believe that you do not have many options for recovery. Luckily, with the help of an experienced legal team on your side, you can start working toward recovery for aspects like lost wages, medical bills, and more. An attorney is able to apply their knowledge of the law to your claim and familiarize you with the laws that play a role in these cases.

Speaking with an Attorney After Your Accident

At Sheftall & Associates, our skilled Florida car accident attorneys have diligently stood by the sides of victims of serious bicycle accidents. We understand that these accidents can have a huge and lasting impact on your life and can be difficult to recover from. If you have been harmed in an accident and wonder where to turn, please contact our skilled attorneys in Florida for the help you deserve at (904) 638-7712.