Sarasota Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bike vs. car collisions involve some of the worst injuries imaginable. From traumatic brain injury and spinal fractures, to extreme lacerations and crippling hip fractures, cyclists often suffer life-changing injuries, while, of course, the at-fault driver remains completely injury-free. If you were hit by a car, truck, bus, or other motorized vehicle, or a driver caused you to crash without actually hitting you, that party must be held responsible for their careless, reckless, or intentionally aggressive behavior. The Sarasota bicycle accident attorneys at Hale Law, P.A. have experience dealing with all types of bicycle vs. motorized vehicle collisions, and are here to help you in this time of need.
The party that caused damages to another is said to be negligent, and therefore liable for the financial compensation of those damages caused to the plaintiff. This is one of the most important aspects of a personal injury claim, as it is very likely that the other party will either blame the victim for the crash, or at least try to pin some of the blame on the victim. If successful, this strategy would reduce the victim’s (plaintiff’s) compensation. Proving that the driver was negligent depends on:
- Eyewitness testimony;
- Crash scene reconstruction;
- Evaluating traffic laws and signs at the crash location;
- The official accident report; and
- If necessary a secondary investigation conducted by an experienced personal injury attorney.
Regardless of what the driver, their insurance company, or police say regarding fault, we will get to the bottom of it, and prove that you were following the rules of the road to a T, and that the driver should be held liable.
Fighting Bias Against Cyclists
Florida is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians and cyclists, according to WTSP 10 News, yet somehow drivers and police officers continue believing and perpetuating the untrue stereotype that pedestrians and cyclists are somehow reckless, entitled, or a danger on the roads. The truth is that drivers of automobiles cause the vast majority of bike vs. car crashes, not cyclists, and that while “cyclists generally regard themselves as equal to other road users, this status is not
assigned to them by others,” according to Sharing Road Space (Granville et al., 2001) and Share the Road. This bias against cyclists not only causes crashes, but makes it harder to win personal injury claims.
Damages You Can Sue Over
As mentioned before, damages caused to cyclists are often extensive. Unfortunately, the psychological damages are sometimes equal in severity to the physical injuries sustained. The value of your claim depends on the monetary dollar amount attached to the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses and future medical needs;
- Lost wages and earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Property damage; and
Our Sarasota Bicycle Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help
While we cannot undo the harm that has been caused to you, the experienced Sarasota bike collision attorneys here at Hale Law, P.A. can help you win your case and recover financial stability for the future. Let us help you find some semblance of justice by calling 941-735-4529 today to schedule up a consultation at no cost.