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Bicyclists have a legal right to share the roadway with motor vehicles, but you would never know that by the way some drivers behave around bicycles. Some of the most common types of bike collisions are caused by:
Cars and trucks driving too close to the biker
Cars making a sudden right-hand turn in front of a biker in a right-hand bike lane
Cars making an unsignalled left-hand turn in front of a bicycle, or swerving into the bicyclist's lane
Sadly, children are very often the victims of bicycle accidents.
If you were hit by a car while riding a bike, or your child suffered serious injuries in a bicycle accident, talk with a South Florida bike accident lawyer who understands. Contact Marcos Gonzalez & Associates. We help injured people and families grieving the wrongful death of a loved one to obtain financial recovery for their losses.
The Issue of Fault in Bicycle Accidents
In many bicycle accidents, it's a car or truck driver who was at fault. It's common to hear drivers say: "I didn't see him." That might be the truth, but it's not an excuse. If the biker was following all the laws, the driver is 100 percent at fault in causing the injuries. It is the responsibility of drivers to be vigilant.
Sometimes the bicyclist was not following the law and may have been partially at fault in the accident. The cyclist can still make a partial financial recovery against the insurance company of the motor vehicle.
Bicyclists are sometimes the victim of hit and run drivers. In those cases, there is no other insurance company to bring a case against, but the cyclist can often bring a claim against his or her own car insurance company if there is uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage.
Other Causes of Bike Accidents
Cars and trucks aren't the only cause of serious or fatal accidents. Poor road maintenance could have caused dangerous road conditions, causing the bicycle to stop suddenly or spin out, resulting in "road rash" or fractures. Equipment failures to the bicycle, wheel rims, chains or brakes can cause bicycle crashes. And bike helmet failures could turn a serious accident into a fatal head injury.
Understanding Your Injuries
It can take time to understand the full scope of your injuries and the recovery that's possible for you. We never allow our clients to rush into an early settlement before the full cost of the injuries is known. You have only one chance at compensation, so we want to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve. If the insurance company is unwilling to offer a fair settlement, we will take your case to court.