Stuart Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycle Accident Attorney Assisting Injured Clients in Stuart, Florida
Many residents of Stuart, Florida and visitors to the area regularly enjoy bicycling. Given the year-round warm weather in South Florida, bicycling is a common recreational activity as well as a means of transportation. However, bicycle accidents and injuries happen more often than they should. Whether you were injured in a collision with a motor vehicle or another type of bicycle accident, it is extremely important to learn more about your options for filing a claim.
Serious injuries in bicycle accidents can result in substantial medical costs and can cause disabilities that prevent you from working. When another person’s negligent behavior caused your injuries, you should not have to pay the financial costs. An aggressive Stuart bicycle accident lawyer at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC can get started on your case today.
Getting the Facts About Bicycle Accidents and Injuries in Stuart, Florida
Many Floridians and tourists to Florida’s West Coast engage in bicycling, but accidents and injuries can happen quickly and without warning. The following are some facts about figures about bicycle injuries from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 783 bicyclists suffered fatal injuries in crashes across the U.S. in 2017;
- More than 18,000 cyclists suffer injuries in accidents each year, with thousands of life-threatening injuries recorded;
- Majority of bicycle accident fatalities occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.;
- About 75 percent of bicycle accident injuries and fatalities happen in urban areas, while about 25 percent occur in rural areas;
- Males are eight times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a bicycle accident than are females; and
- Alcohol is a factor in nearly 40 percent of all deadly bicycle accidents.
Common Injuries in a Stuart Bicycle Accident
At Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, we assist clients with many different kinds of injury claims from bicycle collisions. Bicycle accidents can result in many different types of injuries, including but not limited to the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs;
- Back and neck injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs;
- Broken bones or fractures;
- Sprains and strains; and
- Internal bleeding and organ damage.
How Comparative Fault Can Affect Your Stuart Bicycle Accident Claim
We often speak with clients who are concerned that they may have been partially to blame for the accident. For example, if a bicyclist failed to signal before turning and being struck by a motorist, that motorist might argue that the bicyclist bears some responsibility for her injuries. Or, for example, if the cyclist was riding alongside an automobile instead of remaining in a designated bike lane, the court may believe that the cyclist is partially liable for her own injuries if she was sideswiped by a motorist.
These hypothetical scenarios bring up the topic of comparative fault. Under Florida law (Fla. Stat. § 768.81), a plaintiff is still eligible to recover damages even if she is partially to blame for the bicycle accident or for the severity of her injuries. However, her award will be reduced by her portion of fault. For example, if a court says a plaintiff is 20 percent to blame, her damages award will be reduced by 20 percent.
Contact a Stuart Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a bicycle accident, an experienced Stuart bicycle accident lawyer can assist you. Contact Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC for more information about filing a claim.