Average Value of a Bike Accident Claim

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Because bikes and cars share many roads in Florida, bicyclists are always at risk of being injured in an accident. Drivers today are easily distracted behind the wheel and often aren’t aware of the bicyclists around them. Florida has long been the most dangerous state in the nation for bicyclists with more than 100 fatalities each year. 

If you’ve been hurt in Central Florida by a distracted or negligent driver while riding your bike, you may be owed compensation. The process of filing an injury claim, however, is daunting for many people. The Umansky Law Firm’s accident injury attorneys are here to help through this difficult time. Our team of expert attorneys are well versed in Florida’s injury law and know how to handle insurance companies to maximize your claim. Our goal is to provide financial relief so that you can focus on your recovery.

Read on to learn more information about bike accident injury claims in Central Florida:

Common Types of Bike Accidents in Florida

A distracted or negligent driver can cause a variety of different types of bike accidents. Many bike accidents in Florida are the direct result of the following driving behaviors:

  • The driver didn’t see the bike

Often because bicyclists are much smaller than cars and because drivers aren’t always looking, the two can collide.

  • Reckless driving behaviors

When drivers trail too closely behind bikes, the bicyclist can get run off the road or hit by the car.

  • Driving too fast

Serious accidents can stem from drivers speeding up too fast in efforts to pass a bicyclist.

  • Driving drunk or on drugs

A driver that’s under the influence can be deadly for everyone else on the road, especially bicyclists.

If you’ve been hurt by a driver doing any of these actions while you were riding your bike, then you may very well have a strong personal injury claim against that driver. 

Most Common Bike Accident Injuries in Florida

Accidents involving a car and bike lead to injuries that are devastating to the bicyclist. A bike that’s struck by a vehicle can end the bicyclist’s life. Injuries that bicyclists often face from bike accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neck, back, or spinal cord injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Dislocated joints
  • Serious cuts & burns

About two-thirds of bicycle accidents occur at intersections when drivers don’t see the bicyclist coming. Another common accident that causes severe bike injuries is when drivers are turning right or left in front of the bicyclist on the road. It’s common in Florida for bicyclists to be sideswiped, rear-ended, or run off the road by cars. These accidents can cause severe injuries that can be fatal to the bicyclist. 

What to Do After a Bike Accident in Florida

If you’re involved in a bike accident in Florida, there are a few things that you can do afterward that will aid you in your injury claim. Collecting evidence is one of the most critical pieces of establishing a thorough and robust injury claim. Remember always to call the police to document the accident and to see a doctor straight away. Pieces of evidence that you can collect to help your claim include:

  • A copy of the police report
  • Contact information of everyone involved
  • Medical report after you see the doctor
  • Your bicycle kept in the same condition after the crash

There are also things you can do that can hurt your case for an injury claim. Insurance companies and the defensive team’s attorneys will do everything possible to diminish the extent of your injuries or to dismiss your case. To avoid an injury claim that’s settled at the minimum, be sure to have a trusted injury attorney by your side. The following are other actions to keep in mind so as not to damage the value of your bike accident claim:

  • Do not apologize
  • Do not admit fault
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Always obey the road rules

Most of all, never speak to the insurance company before speaking with your injury lawyer. The insurance agents that represent the driver are looking to save their client’s interests, not yours. Being aware of this fact can keep you from admitting fault accidentally and detriment the value of your claim.

What a Bike Accident Injury Claim Covers

Your bike accident injury claim will cover two types of damages: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are easily matched with a dollar amount from hospital bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages are not as straight-forward and can be complicated. Rather than a fixed dollar amount, these damages include compensation for pain and suffering, which are much more difficult to quantify.

The Orlando bike accident lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm know what it takes to recover compensation for physical, monetary, and mental damages in a personal injury claim. Each case has different circumstances, but types of payment that we will seek for you include:

  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment

Many bike accident victims will underestimate the actual value of their damages, and may not account for certain losses. That’s why having an experienced injury attorney who you trust can be so beneficial and increase the value of your bike accident claim exponentially.

The Umansky Law Firm Can Help After Your Bike Accident

If you’ve been in a bike accident in Central Florida, call The Umansky Law Firm to see how we can help you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. Recent bike accident injury claims that our attorneys have settled for past clients include a $72,000 payout for a bicyclist who fell on a faulty sidewalk and a $125,000 payout for a victim on a scooter.

When you’re ready to pursue a bike accident claim, call The Umansky Law Firm to speak with an experienced attorney who can help. With more than 100 years of combined experience, attorneys at Umansky are here to help you. To schedule your free consultation, complete an online contact form, or call today at (407) 228-2828.