Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents

Florida's Premier Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Being involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident can result in devastating injuries with impacts that last a lifetime. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian or bicycle collision caused by a negligent driver in Florida, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. With over 50 years of combined experience helping injury victims recover the compensation they deserve, Jergensen Law has a proven track record of success.

Causes of Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

Pedestrian and bicyclists are vulnerable road users, lacking the protections drivers enjoy within their vehicles. When collisions occur with motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists often sustain catastrophic injuries. While no two accidents are exactly alike, some common causes include:

 

  • Speeding drivers who fail to slow down in neighborhoods or near crosswalks
  • Distracted drivers focused on mobile devices instead of the road
  • Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs with impaired reaction times
  • Drivers who violate pedestrian right-of-way at crosswalks
  • Dangerous road conditions and lack of pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure
  • Poor lighting at night or sun glare during dusk/dawn hours
  • Bicyclists riding at night without proper reflectors and lights

Regardless of what factors contributed to the crash, the injured pedestrian or bicyclist must deal with medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other expenses caused by the driver’s negligence.

Injuries Commonly Sustained in These Accidents

While some pedestrian and bicyclist crashes result in minor bumps and bruises, many involve catastrophic injuries that can permanently impact one’s quality of life. Some common injuries include:

 

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord damage, paralysis, or neurological disorders
  • Amputated limbs
  • Severe fractures requiring surgery and extensive rehabilitation
  • Internal organ damage
  • Disfiguring facial injuries
  • Severe road rash and abrasions

In the most serious pedestrian and bicyclist accidents, death occurs at the scene or later at a hospital. Survivors may face a lifetime of medical treatment, physical disabilities, home healthcare, lost wages, and other substantial accident-related damages.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

In the aftermath of being hit by a vehicle while walking or bicycling, crash victims and families often face pushback from insurance adjusters aiming to minimize claim payouts. They may wrongly allege partial fault, make unfair settlement offers, or deny claims outright.

An experienced pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyer levels the playing field and handles claim negotiations so you can focus on recovery. Specifically, your lawyer can:

  • Gather police reports, camera footage, eyewitness statements, and other evidence to build your claim
  • Consult with medical experts to understand prognosis, treatment options, and costs
  • Determine all liable parties – drivers, vehicle owners, government entities, etc.
  • Calculate current and future accident expenses related to medical bills, property damage, lost income, etc.

Most importantly, an established pedestrian and bicycle accident law firm has the resources and willingness to take cases to trial if fair compensation is not offered. The insurance company knows we have the ability, experience, and track record of success if a jury trial becomes necessary. This motivates them to make reasonable settlement offers, rather than risk the added costs of litigation and potentially larger payout ordered by a judge or jury.

 

With experienced representation handling the details of your injury claim, you gain powerful negotiating leverage as well as peace of mind knowing your case is in good hands.

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle crash caused by a negligent driver, contact our experienced attorneys for a free case review.

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