Being struck by a vehicle while riding a bike can result in serious injuries and high-cost medical bills. Obtaining a fair settlement offer from an insurance company will be difficult, which is why you need to retain the services of an experienced personal injury firm. The Jacksonville bicycle accident attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. have had years of success litigating against insurance companies and obtaining maximum settlements for our clients. Contact our office today to learn how bicycle accident compensation works.
How Bicycle Accident Compensation Works | Pure Comparative Negligence
Florida follows the rules of pure comparative negligence which has to do with shared fault in an accident. If for some reason you are deemed to be at fault, know that you are allowed to collect your compensation award if you are 0-99% at fault for your accident. If you are 100% at fault, then you would be barred from receiving compensation. If you are less than 100% at fault, you will have your award reduce to account for that fault. For example, if you have been awarded $100,000 for your injuries and damages, but you have also been deemed 20% liable for the accident for something you did wrong, then you would be able to collect $80,000.
How Bicycle Accident Compensation Works | First Steps After an Injury
Right after your accident, there is one thing that is more important than anything else, and that is your health. You want to prioritize yourself and your well-being over anything else. There will be other things to do on the scene, but if you are physically unable to, it is best advised for you to get on the ambulance and be taken to the emergency room. There is no benefit to waiting to get medical attention. You have a huge chance of worsening your injuries if you are not getting it treated. You also run the risk of having the insurance company claim you are not badly enough injured to receive compensation because you waited to get your treatment. They also might try to throw out your case by claiming that your injuries came from something after your bicycle accident.
When you are severely injured on your bicycle, do not hesitate to call our office for a free case evaluation. Our Jacksonville bicycle accident attorneys will go over the details of your case to determine what is the best step for you to take legally to get the most possible compensation for your injuries and damages. We are dedicated, experienced, and eager to take on this case for you. Please call Edwards & Ragatz, PA today and we will get working for you right away.