Miami Bicycle Accident Attorney
The Miami bicycle accident attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert represent victims of personal injury and wrongful death throughout Florida. With more than 60 years of combined experience in legal practice, our lawyers have the knowledge, legal strategies, and resources to help you pursue the maximum compensation for your lost income, medical expenses, emotional distress, and other damages.
Our Miami bicycle accident lawyers have recovered more than $200 million in settlements and verdicts. Call 305-445-1111 today for a free initial consultation.Types of Cases Our Miami Bicycle Accident Lawyers Handle
No two bicycle accidents are exactly alike. The cause of your crash, the types of injuries you sustained, the extent of your injuries, and many other factors will be specific to your claim-so it is important that you find a law firm that can tailor their legal strategies to the unique facts of your case.
The personal injury attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert take a personalized approach to legal representation. We will perform a comprehensive investigation into your case and gather all available evidence to support your claim before heading into settlement negotiations.
Our lawyers have an extensive background handling a variety of bicycle accident claims including:
- Bicycle accidents involving distracted or drunk drivers;
- Failure to yield bicycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents involving drivers who were speeding;
- Bicycle accidents at intersections;
- Bicycle accidents on sidewalks and parking lots; and
- Bicycle accidents resulting in wrongful death.
For your claim to result in a fair settlement, you will need evidence to prove liability and damages. Gathering this evidence at the earliest point in time is important because valuable evidence may disappear within days of your crash.
The bicycle accident lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert will evaluate your case for free to identify the types of evidence that may be used to prove your claim. In addition to any evidence you gathered at the scene-such as photos and videos, witness contact details, and the police report-our attorneys can help you compile evidence that you might have overlooked.
For example, distracted driving is a leading cause of bicycle crashes in Florida. But how can you prove that the at-fault driver was distracted?
Our lawyers may be able to obtain records from the at-fault driver's cell phone service provider that might prove that he or she was texting or talking on the phone prior to the crash.
We can also investigate the scene to look for surveillance cameras that may have recorded the accident. CCTV camera footage can be valuable evidence of negligence and liability, but it may be erased if you wait too long to initiate the claims process.
If you were injured by a negligent truck driver, we can try to obtain black box data, which may show an Hours of Service violation or that the driver was speeding. If a defective auto part contributed to the crash, we can search for records of previous accidents involving the same part.
These are just a few examples of evidence our Miami bicycle accident attorneys can gather to strengthen your claim. We also work with accident reconstruction experts, engineers, and auto parts specialists whose testimony may contribute to your case.What If I Was Partially at Fault for My Bicycle Accident?
There are countless factors that can lead to a serious collision, and it is often the case that multiple parties share fault. In the state of Florida, damages are awarded according to a pure comparative fault system, so your recovery will be reduced by your percentage of fault. That means even if you were partially liable for the crash, you may still be entitled to compensation.
However, comparative fault can also be used by insurance companies and defendants to reduce their liability. The Miami bicycle accident lawyers at Halpern Santos & Pinkert can help you avoid mistakes that would result in a liability dispute. We will handle correspondence with the insurance company so you do not make any compromising statements. We will advise you to stay off of social media until your claim has been settled. We will also perform a thorough investigation into your crash and compile all available evidence to prove liability.What If I Wasn't Wearing a Helmet?
It is common knowledge that bicycle riders are more likely to sustain head injuries if they do not wear helmets. You might assume, then, that you cannot bring a claim for your damages if you were not wearing a helmet while riding. However, in the state of Florida, not wearing a helmet cannot be used as evidence of contributory negligence or negligence in bicycle accident claims. This applies to both adults and children.What Factors Will Affect the Value of My Miami Bicycle Accident Claim?
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another person or entity, you can bring a claim for any economic and non-economic damages you incurred. Exemplary damages may also be recovered against a defendant who acted with intentional misconduct or gross negligence.
During your free initial consultation, a Miami bicycle accident lawyer will explain the factors that will affect the outcome of your case and the potential value of any damages you might recover. The following factors will influence the potential value of your case:
- The cost of any medical expenses you have already incurred;
- Whether you will need ongoing medical care;
- The amount of income you have lost due to your injuries;
- Whether your injuries have caused a reduction in your earning capacity;
- The cost of any other objectively verifiable expenses related to the accident;
- Whether you suffered impairment, disability, or disfigurement;
- Whether your own negligence contributed to the accident;
- Whether your injuries have affected your enjoyment in life; and
- Whether the defendant acted with gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
If you were severely injured or lost a family member in a bicycle crash in Miami, turn to the skilled attorneys at Halpern Santos & Pinkert for legal guidance. Call 305-445-1111 or Contact Us Online to schedule a free case evaluation.