"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes
Starke Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bike Accidents in Bradford County
Whether you rely on your bike to get around or you simply enjoy recreational cycling, you know that there are certain risks that come with sharing the road with motorists. Unfortunately, drivers do not always grant bicyclists the caution and respect they deserve—often with disastrous consequences.
If you were hit by a negligent or reckless motorist while riding your bike, you could be entitled to financial compensation. At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., our Starke bicycle accident attorneys can help you get back on your feet and fight for the justice you deserve. We have over a century of combined legal experience and a proven track record of success. As your neighborhood attorney, we are committed to holding negligent motorists accountable to ensure better, safer communities for all.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
By far, the leading cause of bicycle accidents in the United States is negligence. Negligent motorists, pedestrians, and even fellow cyclists can all cause serious collisions that leave innocent victims facing catastrophic injuries, new disabilities, and significant financial hardships.
Examples of negligent conduct that frequently leads to bicycle accidents include:
- Driving while distracted, including while texting
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Violating traffic laws/rules of the road
- Failing to yield the right of way to cyclists
- Passing or following a bicyclist too closely
- Making unsafe or unlawful turns
- Engaging in reckless or aggressive driving behaviors
- Failing to follow appropriate bicycle laws
- Pedestrians suddenly entering roadways into oncoming cyclists’ paths
- Driving in a designated bicycle lane where it is unlawful to do so
- Walking in a designated bicycle lane
Additionally, certain defects may contribute to or cause bicycle accidents or worsen their effects. For example, a defective bicycle helmet may fail to adequately protect a cyclist in a crash, or a defectively designed roadway may cause a cyclist to take a turn too quickly.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Bike Accident Claim?
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation after the crash by filing a personal injury protection (PIP) claim. All motorists in Florida must carry $10,000 in PIP coverage in addition to minimum liability insurance. This coverage is available regardless of who was at fault for the accident and is intended to provide compensation to injured individuals more quickly and more easily than traditional personal injury claims.
However, PIP coverage is limited, and it may not apply in your case. If your damages exceed $10,000, if your injuries meet the Florida “serious injury” threshold, and/or if PIP coverage does not apply, you can file a standard personal injury claim against the at-fault person or party. You will need to prove that the other person/party was at least partially at fault for the accident to have grounds for a claim.
Through a standard personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for:
- All current and future medical expenses related to your injuries
- All reasonable current and future lost income/wages
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress and trauma
- Lost or reduced quality of life
- Inconvenience and disfigurement
Our Starke bicycle accident lawyers can help you understand your specific legal options and which course of action—whether filing a PIP claim or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit—may be best for your situation.
the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. Is Here for You
After a serious bike accident, it can be incredibly challenging to get back on your feet. Our firm is here to guide you through the entire process, from the moment you call until the moment your case has been resolved. We believe in creating solid attorney-client relationships and facilitating open communication, which is why we are always available to take your call, answer your questions, and address any concerns you may have regarding your case.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., our motto is simple: if you’re hurt, we will fight. Reach out to us today to learn how our experienced and proven attorneys can help you seek the maximum recovery you are owed. There are no fees unless/until we win your case!