What You Need to Know About Bicycle Accidents in Florida

Bicyclists often have to share the road with larger vehicles, which puts them at a higher risk of injury if an accident occurs. Bicycle accidents can be very serious, leaving injured cyclists with life-altering effects. At Manuel & Thompson, we are committed to ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys today to speak with a legal team that you can count on.

What are the common causes of bicycle accidents in Florida?

There are various causes of bicycle accidents in Florida, however, one of the greatest causes is driver negligence. Unfortunately, bicyclists are not often looked after by those who share the road with them. When bicyclists are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, they often suffer from serious and permanent injuries and other emotional and financial stressors. Some of the many factors that may contribute to a bicycle accident can include:

  • Distracted drivers (i.e. texting and driving)
  • Reckless drivers
  • Drunk drivers
  • Drowsy drivers
  • Drivers who make illegal U-turns
  • Uneven pavement
  • Inclimate weather
  • Lack of cycling lane
  • Ignoring traffic lights and signs
  • Other forms of negligent driving

Can I recover damages after a bicycle accident?

If you were injured in a bicycle accident as a result of another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. You can be awarded economic damages which can include lost wages, lost future wages, medical expenses, or the cost of rehabilitation. You can also recover non-economic damages which may include emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

If you are facing physical, emotional, and financial burdens as a result of injuries sustained from a bicycle accident, do not hesitate to contact Manuel & Thompson today.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Florida?

The state of Florida has imposed a deadline, also known as the statute of limitations of four years from the date of the accident for an injured party to file a personal injury claim. In other words, if you were injured in a bicycle accident and would like to pursue legal action, if you do not file your claim within four years from the date of your accident, you may lose the opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.

Do not wait to file your personal injury claim. Contact Manuel & Thompson today to ensure that your claim will be filed promptly.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.