Filing a Lawsuit after a Bicycle Accident Injury
The team at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. has a long history of success in handling cases involving accidents that occur on Central Florida’s roadways, including catastrophic bike accidents. Bicycle accidents are particularly common in Florida, where the beautiful weather makes biking an especially popular mode of transportation. In fact, on a per capita basis, the state averaged approximately 5.7 bicyclist deaths per million residents in 2012, far and away the most of any state in the union. The national per capita average that year was approximately 2.3 deaths per million residents.
While not all bicycle accidents are the faults of the operators of motor vehicles, the tragic fact is that many of them are. When it comes to handling the personal injury claims of victims of bicycle accident injuries, our Melbourne, FL attorneys have the skills, resources, and knowledge to get the job done. If you or a member of your family was injured in a bicycle accident, or if you lost a family member in such an accident, we will fight for every cent to which you are entitled under the law.
We urge you to contact the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. for an evaluation of your bicycle accident case today.
Demonstrating Negligence in a Bicycle Accident Case
As a bicyclist, you have rights. The operators of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles have an obligation to share the road with you and respect your rights. They must be properly vigilant in operating their vehicles and not encroach upon your ability to operate your bicycle legally and safely. In short, they owe you a duty of care. If they breach that duty, and you are injured as a result, they can be said to have behaved with negligence.
It is our job, as attorneys, to present compelling and definitive evidence of this negligence. This evidence may take the form of eyewitness accounts; forensic evidence; photographs of the scene and of damaged property; testimony from police, medical experts, and other expert witnesses; and other evidence collected at the scene of the accident. We are also adept at accident reconstruction and will use our skills to present the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Common Damages in Bicycle Accident Cases
In order to get an idea of the damages to which you may be entitled, we would have to first review your case. However, you may be entitled to compensation for such expenses and losses as:
- Doctor’s and surgeon’s fees
- Hospital and other medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and home care costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Mental anguish
- Loss of quality of life
- Funeral expenses (in the event of wrongful death)
- Loss of future wages, benefits, consortium, guidance, and support (in the event of wrongful death)
In most cases, we are able to achieve a settlement that is favorable to our clients before a case reaches trial; however, we will always try a case to verdict whenever it is in the best interests of our injured client.
Learn More about Bicycle Accident Cases
To arrange for an evaluation of your bicycle accident case, please contact Charpentier Law Firm today.