Boca Raton Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Hersh Kirtman Injury Law represents bicycle accident victims throughout Palm Beach County who have suffered an injury because of another party’s negligence. Our practice spans the spectrum of personal injury, from muscle tears and sprains to catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, and we apply the same level of skill, attention and care to every case because we know that what matters to you is that you get the right medical care and compensation to help you recover to the fullest extent possible. Our attorneys bring their large law firm experience to a small firm atmosphere where we handle every case with a personal touch so we can be sure we are meeting your needs. Call our Boca Raton bicycle accident lawyers today.
Bicycle Accidents in Boca Raton and How Our Firm Can Help
Bicycle accidents nearly always result in injury to the rider. According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, out of the 5,952 bicycle crashes that occurred in 2020, 5,743 ended in injury or death, including 169 fatalities and 759 incapacitating injuries. Some of these crashes may be attributable to bike defects or maintenance issues, road defects or rider negligence, but often they are caused by the negligence of a motor vehicle driver who either collides with the bicycle or forces the cyclist off the road, into traffic, or makes them lose control of the bike. Common types of bicycle accidents caused by driver negligence include the following:
- Driving in a designated bike lane or encroaching on the bike lane when a bicycle is approaching
- Opening a door into traffic or a bike lane when a cyclist is approaching
- Turning left into the path of an oncoming bike
- Turning right when a cyclist is approaching or already in the intersection
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Executing an unsafe lane change
- Tailgating a cyclist
- Unsafe passing
- Failing to obey traffic signals and signs
- Texting while driving
- Drinking and driving
Cyclists who are injured in a bike crash can file a claim for no-fault benefits through their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP covers 80% of medical expenses and 60% of lost wages up to $2,5000 or $10,000 if a doctor determines the cyclist had an emergency medical condition. If the accident was the other driver’s fault and the cyclist suffered a serious injury as defined in the law, they can sue the negligent driver and recover the full amount of their economic damages plus get compensation for their pain, suffering and mental anguish.
Hersh Kirtman Injury Law helps bicycle accident victims with serious injuries recover the full amount of compensation due to them for the damages they suffered. Our lawyers have amassed an impressive record of successful results including out-of-court settlements and jury verdicts in a wide diversity of cases. We’ve handled cases like yours before, and we’ll apply the same zeal and dedication toward your case that we have with others where we’ve achieved excellent results. Call our office for a determination of whether you suffered a serious injury and what your rights are under Florida law for compensation for your injuries.
Drivers Are Obligated to Share the Road With Cyclists
The definition of negligence is the failure or breach of a duty of care owed to another person that causes them injury. Motorists might not like sharing the road with slower-moving bicycles, but they are required by law to treat bicycle riders with respect and give them sufficient space when driving in their vicinity. Bicycles can lawfully take up a lane of traffic even when designated bike lanes are present. Sometimes this is the safest way for cyclists to travel, especially when turning or traveling through an intersection. Drivers who drive recklessly or aggressively around bicycles are breaking the law and can be held liable for any accidents they cause. Distracted driving such as texting while driving is also extremely dangerous for cyclists, as motorists who text while driving or don’t pay enough attention to the road are less likely to notice a bicycle in their vicinity and more likely to negligently collide with one.
Contact Hersh Kirtman Injury Law Today
Hersh Kirtman Injury Law can help you when you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver or if you lost a beloved family member in a fatal bike crash in Palm Beach County. We work with you on a personal level to make sure your needs are being met and that we get meaningful results on your behalf. Contact our experienced Boca Raton bicycle accident lawyers today by calling Hersh Kirtman Injury Law for a free consultation at 561-208-3700.