On crowded city streets, you always have to keep your head on a swivel. Everyone has somewhere to be, and everyone wants to get there as quickly as possible. There are a lot of people out there who don’t believe the rules of the road apply to them. Cyclists might treat red lights as stop signs, and bike lanes are optional. This situation came up not too long ago when a cyclist who coasted through a red light was struck by a vehicle. He came to our office and wanted to know if he was eligible to recover partial fault bike accident compensation for his injuries. This is what we told him.
Partial Fault Bike Accident Compensation | 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.
Even though our client had blown through a red light on his bicycle, the driver of the vehicle did not have their headlights on. The accident happened at night. Both parties were deemed to be at fault. We were still able to make a recovery on behalf of our client.
Contact Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. to Receive the Compensation You Deserve
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.