Miami locals and tourists alike enjoy riding bicycles year-round as cycling has surged in popularity. As more cars hit the road, more people take to bicycles as a way of getting around to avoid traffic. In addition, the rise of bike shares has more people cycling for an hour or two for their own recreation and exercise. The result is that there are more bicyclists than ever in Miami.
Cars and bicycles do not always share the road well, especially in the Miami area. Distracted, drunk or careless drivers injure scores of bikers each year in the Greater Miami area. In fact, the area has the highest rate of bicycle fatalities in the entire country. While tourism helps the local economy, it does not help bike safety as motorists struggle to navigate unfamiliar local roads. In the process, they may miss crosswalks or fail to give the right-of-way to bicyclists when it is legally required.
By far, the most common cause of bicycle accidents is when a driver fails to yield to a bicyclist. Cars must always yield to a bicyclist at a stop sign. Drivers may also try to speed up to pass a cyclist, which is also a common cause of accidents.
Drivers are held to the same negligence standard when it comes to bicycle accidents as they are for any type of crash. Motorists owe a duty of care to bicyclists to use reasonable care on the road. They violate this duty when they are careless or otherwise break a traffic law, and it results in an accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is up to you to take the steps necessary to receive financial compensation if someone else was at fault. Here is what you should do:
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After your bicycle injury, you would file a claim with the company that insures the at-fault driver. First, you would go through your own car insurance policy for medical expense coverage. You should be prepared to include the evidence that shows that the driver was responsible for the accident with your claim.
Filing the claim would result in either a denial of your claim or a settlement offer. If you receive an offer, your attorney could review the offer to see if it fairly compensates you. If it is below to what you may be legally entitled, your attorney may draft a counter-demand, letting the insurance company know the amount that you believe that you deserve.
If your claim is denied or if the insurance company absolutely will not make a reasonable offer, you would need to file a lawsuit. While this could add years to your legal process, the actions of the insurance company may leave you with no choice.
At the center of this is your Miami bicycle accident lawyer. You should understand the crucial role that your attorney plays as you seek financial compensation. This is why you must choose carefully.
At 388CEDA, we could help you when you are making that choice by recommending an experienced bike accident lawyer upon your request. Not all attorneys are created equal, and word of mouth and a recommendation could help you when you are uncertain. Call us at 1-800-388-CEDA.
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