Florida Bicycle Accident Guide
The Florida Bicycle Accident Guide was created by Norden Leacox Accident & Injury Law to help residents who have been injured in an accident obtain maximum compensation for their claim.
Why Hiring a Lawyer Can Help You
The experienced Orlando bicycle accident attorneys of Norden Leacox can provide you with security, guidance, and advice after you have been injured in a bicycle accident. They will assist you with navigating the road to recovery and assist with negotiating a claim with the driver’s insurance company. They will also file a lawsuit on your behalf and aggressively represent you in court should the driver’s insurance company fail to offer you fair and adequate compensation for your injuries.
Hiring an experienced attorney like the Orlando bicycle accident attorneys at Norden Leacox following a bicycle accident offers you the best chance of getting the money you deserve after a bicycle accident.
Norden Leacox will provide you with a free, confidential consultation to discuss the legal options you have.
After a bicycle accident you should work with experienced lawyers with a proven track record of obtaining successful outcomes for their clients. Never hesitate to ask the Orlando bicycle accident attorneys at Norden Leacox for a reference from past clients.
Things You Can Do to Ensure a Successful Claim
When you’re hurt while riding your bike, you have likely suffered some intense injuries and damages. You need to do a few things right away to make sure your claim has the best chance of success possible.
First, immediately following the accident, collect evidence that you’re going to need to build a strong case. Take photos and videos. Get the contact information from witnesses. If you are too injured to stay there doing these things, you can have a friend or family member come onto the scene to help you. Even a lawyer can come to the scene to collect evidence in some instances.
Do not get rid of your bike, regardless of how destroyed or beyond repair it may be. It is a piece of evidence in your case.
Your immediate priority should be to get yourself in front of a doctor. You should get to an emergency room, urgent care facility or even your primary care physician. Do not delay. Your well-being is at stake. We want to see you get to maximum medical recovery.
Lastly, do not give the insurance company a statement if they call looking for one. They will try to use what you say against you to throw away your claim or reduce what they owe you.
Selecting Orlando Bicycle Accident Attorneys: Why Choose Norden Leacox
- We spent many years representing insurance companies, large companies and corporations. We use that experience and inside knowledge of the Defense to benefit you.
- We have over 30 years’ experience handling personal injury and bicycle cases.
- Bicycle laws are important in these cases and the attorneys at Norden Leacox have extensive knowledge about them. Knowing these and being able to provide our clients with their applicability allows us to provide them with guidance and advice. We also use them to hold the responsible party accountable for any violation of the law.
- We have secured millions of dollars for clients who have been involved and injured in bicycle crashes.
- Our attorneys have the experience in trial and are not afraid to face large companies and corporations.
- We provide a free consultation.
- Many people don’t hire attorneys because they assume the fees and costs are too high. However, we charge no upfront fees or costs and we only get paid if we recover for you.
Areas Our Orlando Bicycle Accident Attorneys Typically Investigate
Bicycle accidents typically result in serious and catastrophic injuries. Determining the true cause of a specific crash and holding all responsible parties accountable, is often the key to full compensation for our clients. That’s why the Orlando bicycle accident attorneys of Norden Leacox extensively investigate the true cause of bicycle crashes and fully investigate them to obtain all the evidence we can about how and why they occurred.
Areas we investigate in bicycle crashes include:
- Camera footage, if available, from the area where the crash occurred.
- Traffic light timing sequencing
- Witness Statements
- Photographs from the scene
- Defendant’s cell phone records
- Defendant’s driving record
- Defendant’s medical background
- Maintenance records of the other vehicle that hit our client on the bicycle
- Road conditions and design
Bicycle Accident Case Settlement Timeline
Recently, I had a potential client reach out to me, and one of their first questions was, “How long is it going to take to resolve my bicycle accident claim in Orlando?” The simple answer is that it depends. A lot of factors go into how long a case takes. Every case is unique and has its own specific set of facts. It’s going to depend on the extent of the injuries, for one. Minor injury cases can be resolved much quicker than those with serious injuries. We have to evaluate and determine the full extent of the injuries before we can possibly recommend resolving the case for the true value for the client.
Second, if we are forced into litigation and a case ends up going to a jury trial, it can take 18 months, sometimes two years to resolve. More minor incidents of bicycle accidents can likely be resolved in six to eight months from the time that we obtain the case. Again, every case is unique and has its own specific set of facts. That’s why it’s very important to hire a knowledgeable and experienced trial lawyer to look at your case.
Bicycle Accident Case Value
In every case in speaking with clients, they always ask the question, “How do you determine the value of my case for a bicycle accident in Orlando?” The answer is there are many factors that go into determining the value of the case. The extent of the injuries, obviously, is the most important— and not just the physical injuries, but the emotional, the mental injuries, the pain and suffering, and how long they last. If someone makes a quick recovery and has a minor injury, obviously the value is going to be lower. On the other hand, if someone has a permanent injury, something that’s going to be life-long, that they’re going to experience for the rest of their life, that obviously has significant value. All of these injuries are factored in.
Other areas to look at when determining the value of the case include whether there was time missed from work. Are there lost wages? Is it going to impact your ability to obtain work in the future? Are you going to have a future lost wage claim? Then, we get into other factors such as comparative fault. Who is completely at fault? Is there any percentage of liability that’s going to be attributed to the client? If so, this obviously would then reduce the value of the claim.
Because all of these factors are unique to every single case, it’s important to hire a knowledgeable and experienced trial lawyer. We are here to help, should you have any questions regarding your bicycle accident claim.
Bicycle Accident Injuries From A Pothole
The other day I received a call from a potential client asking if they might have a claim. They were riding down the street in Orlando on their bicycle, when they hit a pothole and were injured. The answer is, yes, there very likely may be a claim, but it involves a great deal of investigation. That’s why it’s important to hire a lawyer that has been there and done that before.
The maintenance of the roadways in Orlando is the city and the government’s responsibility, and an attorney knows you can do a public records request and obtain records into all of the maintenance that has been done, the last time someone’s been out there, and how often it’s been maintained. That gives us the ability to show that the city was on notice of this dangerous condition that then injured the bicyclist. It’s because of our experience and background that you should reach out to us if you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident. We’re here to help.
Choosing The Right Orlando Bicycle Accident Attorney
A question I routinely get from family and friends is, “How do I select the correct attorney for my bicycle accident case.” The answer is you want to make sure that you find someone that’s knowledgeable, experienced, and a true trial attorney, someone that is willing to fight for you and prepare the case from the beginning to go to trial. Insurance companies identify the lawyers that don’t go to trial and that work up the case purely to settle the case, so it’s extremely important that you find someone that is experienced, focuses in the area of personal injury, and will prepare the case for trial. That’s exactly what we do here, so, if you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact us.
Common Mistakes Made During A Bicycle Accident Case
One of the most important topics that I discuss frequently with clients is the mistakes that others have made in the past regarding bicycle accident claims here in Orlando. There are numerous mistakes that are made. Probably the largest one is that they fail to seek medical treatment when they’re injured. By waiting to seek medical treatment or not seeking it at all, they let the problem fester. It also prevents them from getting the medical treatment they need to improve.
The number two mistake is they talk to the insurance company and give a recorded statement before speaking with a lawyer. That is a huge mistake, as the insurance company is not your friend. They are not there to protect you. They are there to protect their insured. They’re there to protect their money and their bottom line.
The third mistake I see frequently is that they fail to contact a lawyer at all and try to resolve the matter themselves. Again, the insurance companies are extremely experienced in negotiating these claims. Their job is to settle these cases for the least amount of money possible. Most people don’t deal with insurance companies on a daily basis. They don’t negotiate with them. They haven’t seen hundreds or thousands of cases to know the true value of these cases. That’s why it’s extremely important to hire a knowledgeable, educated, and experienced trial attorney— someone that has evaluated these cases for years and can fight the insurance companies because they know the true value of the claims. We are here to help. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, please contact us.
Differences Between Bicycle And Auto Accident Injury Cases
Recently, I was speaking with a client and they asked me, “What are the major differences between a bicycle accident claim and your routine auto accident claim?” Certainly, there are numerous examples, but I think the most important relates to the severity of the injuries. When you’re on a bicycle, you are not protected as you are in a car, so the injuries certainly can be much more significant and catastrophic.
Secondly, when a bicycle accident case gets to a jury – and the insurance companies know this – there’s always some assumption that the person on the bicycle did something wrong and was at fault and to blame for the accident. They rode out in front of the car, for example. That is where it is extremely important that you hire a knowledgeable, educated, and well-trained trial attorney.
We are experienced in addressing these points of contention that involve the insurance companies and the defense lawyers trying to push the blame on the person riding the bicycle.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a bicycle accident, please reach out to us. We’re here to help.
Does My Auto Insurance Cover A Bicycle Accident?
I was recently contacted by a client who asked me if his auto insurance covered him when he was involved in a bicycle accident and sustained injuries. The answer is it certainly does. If you own a car and have auto insurance, that is going to cover you if you are struck by a motor vehicle, regardless of whether the at-fault party has insurance or not.
Assuming you have uninsured motorist coverage, your uninsured motorist coverage will cover you if the at-fault party does not have insurance. If the at-fault party does have insurance, you’re still going to be covered by your personal injury protection benefits here in Florida, and then the at-fault driver’s insurance company would step in for money above and beyond that.
With these insurance questions, certainly, they can be very tricky, so it’s important to speak to a knowledgeable attorney about what insurance may apply in which situation. We are here to help should you have any questions regarding these issues when involved in a bicycle accident.
Partial Fault in a Bicycle Accident
I had a client, recently, that was involved in a bicycle accident. He believed he was partially at fault and asked, “Can I still make a claim?” The answer is yes. Florida is a pure comparative fault jurisdiction, which means even if an individual is 75% at fault for causing a bicycle accident, they can still recover 25% of their damages from the other party that contributed to the fault.
It’s very important to hire a lawyer that can evaluate and address this comparative fault issue in Florida to make sure that you, an injured person, recover the full value of your claim. If you or a loved one was involved in a bicycle accident, even if you believe you are partially to blame, please contact us. We’re here to help.
Speaking To Insurance After A Bicycle Accident Injury
A very popular question I get from friends and family is, “If I’m involved in a bicycle accident, should I talk to the insurance company?” The simple answer is, no, you should not talk to the insurance company without first speaking to a knowledgeable trial attorney. The insurance companies are there to protect their insureds and their money. They are taking that recorded statement purely for their benefit, not for yours. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, please contact us. We’re here to help.
Call Our Orlando Bicycle Accident Attorneys Today
Contact Norden Leacox today to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our experienced Orlando bicycle accident attorneys. We will answer and questions you have with no obligation to hire our firm. We can explain and help you understand the available compensation to you under the law and what to expect with the legal process.
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