Bicycle rides are great for a lot of things. You can get exercise, you can get from point A to point B without paying for gas, and it can simply just be an enjoyable thing. It abruptly loses its appeal when you are involved in a serious accident. These accidents are unfortunately common and we see clients frequently who are seeking compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. We dedicate our practice to helping victims such as yourself get the best possible result. We take the weight of the legal side of your accident off of your shoulders so that you can focus primarily on getting healthy. After you read a little bit about your case, then please call our Jacksonville bicycle accident attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz to set up your free case evaluation.
How Bicycle Accident Compensation Works
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.
First Steps After Your Bicycle Accident
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.
Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
There are many different types of bicycle accident injuries and all of them have the potential to turn your life upside down. You may be suffering these injuries for a brief period of time and have no trouble healing, or you will be spending decades trying to fulling recover. Generally speaking, the worse your injuries are, the more compensation you get. Specifically, the amount of compensation you get breaks down into factors suck as treatment needed, length of recovery, future medical needs, and how the injuries have affect your life. The more severe types of bicycle accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Nerve damage
The most common injuries include:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Road rash
- Concussion or contusion
- Hand injuries
Talking to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
The very worst thing you can do for your bicycle accident case would be taking a call from the liable party’s insurance company and giving them a recorded statement. You have no legal obligation to answer questions from the insurance company of the person who caused your accident. They will call you shortly after your accident and try to convince you to give them a recorded statement in which they will ask you questions that will back you into a corner and force you to answer in ways that would negatively affect your case. We highly suggest not answering their calls. As your team of Jacksonville bicycle accident attorneys, we will take over the job of talking to the insurance company for you so that you can avoid saying the wrong thing.
Contact Our Jacksonville Bicycle Accident Attorneys Today
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.