Clearwater Bicycle Accident Lawyer
“Florida has laws which impose legal obligations on vehicle drivers and their interaction with bicyclists. As Clearwater bicycle accident lawyers, we hold vehicle drivers responsible for injuries caused to bicyclists.” – Erik G. Abrahamson, Senior Partner
When you ride a bicycle on Florida roads, you are legally protected by traffic laws. In fact, cyclists must abide by many of the same laws as motor vehicle drivers.
However, reckless drivers often disregard bicyclists, putting cyclists in harm’s way. Even when cyclists wear all recommended safety gear, car crashes can leave them with serious injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
A lawsuit gives you the chance to receive compensation for the harm you suffered.
To file a personal injury lawsuit, you need an experienced Clearwater bicycle accident attorney who can negotiate with the insurance company.
What You Should Know About Our Personal Injury Firm
At Abrahamson and Uiterwyk, we have helped accident victims get fair injury compensation for the past 30 years. Here are a few more things you should know about our firm:
We Are Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorneys
We help some of the many cyclists who are injured on Clearwater roadways. To share an example: a cyclist client hired us after being hit by a vehicle and sustaining a closed head injury. We were able to obtain $600,000 of compensation for our injured client.
We Have Spent Decades Representing Clearwater Accident Victims
Abrahamson and Uiterwyk has deep ties in Clearwater. We’ve spent 30 years living and working in this area. We care about cyclists who suffer harm on Clearwater roadways, and we want to help them recover the compensation they need.
We Can Settle Your Case or Take It to Trial
Often, accident victims and insurance companies come to a mutually agreeable settlement. However, if the insurance company is not cooperative in settlement negotiations, we are prepared to take your case to trial.
Our priority is getting you fair compensation for your injuries, and we’ll do whatever it takes to reach that result.
If you would like to talk to one of our experienced Clearwater bicycle accident attorneys about your injury, contact us for a free consultation. Perhaps you want more information on bicycle injury lawsuits before contacting an attorney.
Keep reading for information on Florida bicycle accident laws
, and learn your legal options for getting injury compensation.
What To Do After a Bicycle Accident
If a car crashes into your bicycle, you may suffer serious, life-threatening injuries. If you are able to move out of the roadway and to a safe location, take these steps.
Call the Authorities
Either you or a witness to the accident should call police and paramedics to respond to the scene.
Your priority should be to allow paramedics to give you life-saving medical treatment or take you to a hospital for further care. When you are stable and can recall accident details, the police will want your statement.
Document All Accident Evidence
If you do not need urgent medical treatment, you can take steps to document accident evidence. Before authorities remove evidence from the scene, take photos of the damage to your bike and the driver’s car. You should also take photos of the scene of the accident.
If there were any witnesses to the accident, ask for their names and contact information. A trusted representative can gather evidence while you receive medical treatment.
Get Medical Treatment
First, seek medical treatment for life-threatening injuries. If your injuries do not require immediate treatment, seek medical help as soon as practicable after documenting the scene and gathering evidence.
Some injuries may not be apparent right away, so get a doctor’s evaluation even if you don’t notice an injury. Keep medical bills, rehabilitation invoices, and other receipts because these documents can help your attorney calculate damages.
Find an Experienced Clearwater Bicycle Accident Attorney
While the insurance company may sound friendly on the phone, remember that their priority is keeping their profits as high as possible. This means that an expensive bicycle accident claim is counter to their interests.
You need an experienced personal injury attorney to negotiate with the insurance company for you in an effort to obtain the maximum settlement.
Clearwater Bicycle Injury Statistics
Though environmentally friendly and a great way to stay in shape, cycling can also be dangerous. According to this Wall Street Journal article, “Florida has by far the highest per-capita bicyclist death rate in the country.”
That rate is 6.2 deaths per 100,000 residents—more than 50% higher than the second most fatal state for cyclists.
Unfortunately, the cycling statistics for Clearwater residents get worse. The Tampa Bay metro area has the highest fatality rate of all major metropolitan areas in the US. And Pinellas County has the most per-capita cyclist deaths among all Tampa Bay metro area counties.
Texting drivers and intoxicated drivers contribute to many of these cyclist fatalities. If a driver was engaged in irresponsible behavior when they hit you, they may be liable in a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact the experienced Clearwater bicycle accident lawyers at Abrahamson and Uiterwyk for a free consultation to determine what damages may apply to your case.
Common Injuries in Clearwater Bicycle Accidents
Since cars and trucks are so much bigger than bikes, bicyclists are particularly vulnerable to accident injuries. When a speeding automobile hits a cyclist, the cyclist may sustain life-threatening injuries. Some common injuries experienced by cyclists include:
- Head injury,
- Traumatic brain injury,
- Tissue damage,
- Internal injuries, and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Though Florida has helmet laws for child cyclists, protective gear cannot prevent all of these bicycle accident injuries. However, even if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of your accident, you may still be able to recover damages for your injuries.
In Florida, the lack of a bicycle helmet is not viewed as negligence or contributory negligence in accident litigation.
Do You Need a Bicycle Accident Attorney?
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, you need an attorney with experience litigating your case. Our Clearwater bicycle accident lawyers can handle the details of your claim while you focus on healing from your accident.
The bicycle accident attorneys at Abrahamson and Uiterwyk will thoroughly investigate your accident, negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement, and take your case to trial if necessary.
Contact us as soon as possible after your bicycle accident so that we can recover relevant evidence and get started on your personal injury claim. We will put our legal experience to work for your benefit, trying to obtain a maximum settlement for your accident injuries.
Our bicycle accident lawyers have helped Clearwater accident victims recover hundreds of millions of dollars. Contact the Clearwater bicycle accident attorneys at Abrahamson and Uiterwyk to schedule a free consultation today.
Bicycle Accident Lawyer FAQs
Here are some common questions bicycle accident victims have for our law firm.
How Many Accident Victims Have You Represented?
Over our 30-year history, we have represented more than 20,000 clients. We have recovered a collective $800 million for these accident victims.
How Can I Get in Touch with You?
We make ourselves available to our clients both during and after business hours. Contact our team of legal professionals can assist you 24/7 by phone, text, or email.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Your Firm?
You do not owe us any fees or costs unless we win your case. This payment method, called contingency, means that you avoid paying burdensome legal fees while we litigate your case.