Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney
Anyone who's ever ridden a bike has imagined how devastating it would be to get hit by a vehicle. For thousands of riders each year, that fear becomes a reality. If you or someone you love was hit by a distracted, drunk, or reckless driver, the Florida bicycle accident attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert will assess your case for free and help you determine the best way to proceed with your claim.
Our attorneys have been representing victims of personal injury and wrongful death for more than 60 years combined. We have won several multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts including a record-breaking $37.8 million verdict. Call 305-445-1111 to schedule a free case evaluation.Do I Have Grounds for a Bicycle Accident Claim?
Sometimes it's easy to prove that another person or entity was responsible for your accident. For instance, if you were obeying all traffic laws and you were hit by a drunk driver who made an illegal turn, proving negligence and liability might not be that difficult. But in most cases, there are plenty of opportunities for the insurance company and defendant to dispute liability.
To win your case, evidence must be shown to prove that the at-fault party breached a duty of care owed to you. For example, drivers owe a duty of care to other people on the road. They must follow all traffic laws, adjust their driving to the conditions, and avoid reckless behaviors that put other people in danger. Auto parts manufacturers have a duty to develop parts that are free from harmful defects. Commercial truck drivers have a duty to abide by the Hours of Service Regulations.
If a party breached a duty of care owed to you or your loved one and this resulted in a bicycle accident, you can bring a claim against the liable party for any damages incurred.
Unfortunately, even if liability seems obvious, the insurance company or defendant might contend that you were partially at fault. You might be coerced into unknowingly admitting fault during a recorded statement. Your social media profiles might be reviewed for statements you made about your case that can be used to dispute your claim.
The best way to avoid a potential liability dispute is to seek legal guidance from a skilled personal injury lawyer. The Florida bicycle accident attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert will handle all correspondence with the defendant and insurance company, gather evidence to prove liability, and help you avoid crucial mistakes that could jeopardize your claim.Our Florida Bicycle Accident Lawyers Will Help You Avoid Costly Mistakes
One mistake or oversight could be the difference between recovering fair compensation and walking away with nothing. The insurance company and defendant have financial incentive to find reasons to dispute your claim, and they will go to great lengths to do so. The injury lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert will help you avoid mistakes that would lead to a dispute related to liability or damages, such as:
- Overlooking important evidence;
- Having a recorded conversation with an insurance adjuster;
- Posting photos or details about your case on social media;
- Discussing your case with other people;
- Missing doctor's appointments or ignoring your doctor's instructions; or
- Failing to track your damages.
Any one of these mistakes could derail your case. Our bicycle accident lawyers will provide comprehensive legal guidance to give your claim a favorable chance of resulting in a fair settlement without having to go to trial.We Will Aggressively Represent Your Interests During Settlement Negotiations
Bicycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that take months to heal. Some victims never make a full recovery. If you incurred significant medical bills and lost wages, the outcome of your claim could have a profound impact on your future financial security.
At Halpern Santos & Pinkert, we know what's at stake for you and your family. We will perform a comprehensive review of your case, talk to witnesses, gather evidence, and prepare for settlement negotiations as if we are going to trial.
Our goal is to get you fairly compensated as quickly as possible so you can move on with life with the compensation you need to pay for healthcare expenses, lost income, and other damages. With more than 60 years in legal practice, our attorneys have the experience and legal strategies to handle complex settlement negotiations with large insurance companies and corporations.
Insurance companies in Florida know that our bicycle accident lawyers are willing to take a case to trial if they refuse to offer a fair settlement. This often translates into reasonable settlement offers early in the proceedings.What Can I Do to Strengthen My Bicycle Accident Claim?
The process of filing a bicycle accident claim starts at the scene of the crash. Taking pictures of injuries and property damage, writing down witnesses' contact details, and calling the police to get a crash report are all essential steps that could help your attorney prove negligence and liability.
Immediately after you leave the scene, you should visit a doctor for a medical evaluation. Mention every part of your body that hurts so all of your injuries are documented.
Your next call should be to a Florida bicycle accident lawyer. An attorney from Halpern Santos & Pinkert will answer your questions about the claims process, explain the laws related to your case, outline what will happen over the coming weeks and months, and tell you the steps you should take to give your claim the best chance of success. Those steps include:
- Avoiding all correspondence with the defendant and insurance company unless otherwise instructed by your attorney;
- Staying off social media;
- Tracking your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses;
- Not discussing your case with other people;
- Keeping a journal about your injuries and recovery;
- Attending all doctor's appointments; and
- Following your doctor's instructions.
Our bicycle accident attorneys are here to help you and your family pursue justice and the maximum compensation. Call 305-445-1111 or use our Contact Form to arrange a free initial consultation.