West Palm Beach Bicycle Accidents
West Palm Beach is the county seat of Palm Beach County, Florida. It has a tropical climate, and its weather is great for bicyclists. According to the Sun Sentinel, a pedestrian and a bicyclist are struck each day in Palm Beach County. Between 2011 and 2013, there were 1,347 accidents involving bicyclists, which included 23 deaths. There are many different reasons that a bicycle accident may happen. Sometimes drivers fail to see bicyclists because they are significantly smaller vehicles. Other times, a driver hits a bicyclist while making a left turn in the bicyclist's path at an intersection. The car accident attorneys at Anidjar & Levine can knowledgeably advise residents of West Palm Beach and the surrounding cities who have been hurt by a careless driver.Establishing Liability for Bicycle Accidents in South Florida
If you are struck by a larger vehicle while bicycling, you can potentially seek compensation for minor injuries under the personal injury protection (PIP) provisions of your own insurance policy. Regardless of who is at fault, an injured cyclist must first file a claim against his or her own policy to recover medical costs and lost income. An injured bicyclist may be able to recover 80% of his or her reasonable medical costs, such as hospital bills, X-rays, labs, rehabilitation, and ambulance services. The victim may also be able to recover 60% of his or her lost wages, as well as replacement services, such as the cost of hiring someone to babysit or clean the house.
If you do not carry automobile insurance or you suffer severe injuries, you can potentially file a claim against the at-fault driver's automobile insurance policy. Florida has a no-fault law, which limits your ability to sue the driver responsible for the accident to instances when you suffer severe injuries, such as disfigurements, scarring, or loss of bodily function.
What if a loved one dies in a bicycling accident? Surviving family members can file a wrongful death suit in Florida. If you are trying to recover compensation as a surviving family member, you would need to establish that your loss was a wrongful death. You would have to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant's actions were negligent, wrongful, a default, or a breach of contract, that the defendant's actions caused the death of your loved one, and that he or she could have filed a suit and recovered damages if he or she had not died. You also would need to identify actual damages that you incurred.
Survivors may be able to recover loss of support, loss of services, loss of companionship, loss of parental guidance, mental pain and suffering, and any medical or funeral expenses actually paid by the survivor. The deceased's estate can potentially recover lost earnings and medical and funeral expenses paid by the estate.Assert Your Rights after an Accident by Contacting a West Palm Beach Attorney
Due to a lack of barriers between the bicyclist and the striking vehicle, the injuries to a bicyclist are likely to be severe, even in a minor collision. Common types of harm include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and soft tissue injuries. In the worst cases, a bicycle accident results in a tragic death. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a West Palm Beach accident, the experienced injury lawyers at Anidjar & Levine may be able to represent you in a lawsuit for damages. Our office also represents clients in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, and other cities across Palm Beach County. Call us at (800) 747-FREE (3733) or contact us via our online form for a free consultation.