Broward County cyclists who sustain serious injuries from a bicycle accident are typically left to deal with life-sustaining effects. But when faced with the opportunity to accept an attractive offer from the defendant’s insurance company, victims settle for less more often than not. In fact, due to the nature and complexity of most bicycle accidents, especially those which involve another moving vehicle, victims will require skilled representation in order to receive proper compensation. The majority of all bicycle accidents are caused by the negligence of another vehicle driver.
One of the largest bicycle accident settlements recently yielded just $6 million. An airport shuttle driver failed to show caution when he suddenly pulled out in front of the 32-year-old cyclist. The driver’s negligence caused him to actually run over the cyclist, crushing his pelvis. The victim was left with severe back, neck, pelvic, and internal injuries as a result of the accident. Since it was proven that the shuttle driver did not bother to look for oncoming traffic, including cyclists, his failure to yield was determined at fault for the tremendous injuries suffered by the victim.
The NHTSA has identified the most common acts of negligence by automobile drivers.
- Failure to yield the right of way;
- Failure to see bicyclists approaching an intersection;
- Running into or backing over cyclists;
- Failing to use turn signals;
- Failure to leave sufficient space;
- Running red lights or stop signs;
- Opening a car door without checking the mirror(s) for cyclists;
- Failure to look both ways when turning;
- Failure to look both ways when crossing an intersection;
- Aggressive or reckless driving; and
- Driving under the influence.
Why NOT settle without an attorney?
Insurance claims representatives are well trained at serving their employer rather than the victim. Don’t be disillusioned by a sweet talking agent who is quick to dismiss past, present, and future damages that you suffer. Bicycle accident victims who have sought legal representation while dealing with the defendant’s insurance company will classically fair far better than those who choose to choose to fly solo.
The decision to seek legal help for your bicycle accident injury will depend on several factors. First of all, the severity of the injuries, medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A South Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney will recreate the scene of the accident, examine police and accident reports, collect statements from witnesses, inspect bike damage, scrutinize the defendant’s driving history, and gather expert medical and accident advice in order to assign accurate descriptions of the cause and fault of the injuries.
People who are injured from cycling accidents often don’t realize that they are eligible for considerably more compensation than is being offered by an insurance claims agent. If you have been injured in a Broward County bicycle accident that was not your fault, you need to talk to a Broward County Bicycle Accident Attorney who can assist you in filing a successful claim.
Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].