If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you may have a lot of questions. It is frightening to be involved in an accident on your bike, and you can be potentially left with permanent injuries. We want to express our deepest sympathies that you have had to go through this. Our Pensacola bicycle accident lawyers are here to help you through this difficult time. We will work to get you the best possible results from the insurance company that represents the liable party who hit you. After you read a little bit about your case, please do not hesitate to call our office today to set up your free consultation.
Bicycle Accident Statute of Limitations
When you are thinking about pursuing compensation, you need to know a few things. The one thing that you should keep in mind is how much time you are permitted when filing a lawsuit. Every state is different and they can even vary case to case in some personal injury cases. With a Florida bicycle accident case, you get four years from the date of your accident to bring your claim or have it settled in civil court. We highly suggest that you contact a lawyer right away so that you are not under a tighter deadline than what you have to be on. It is important that you do this because if you go over the statute of limitations you will no longer be eligible to receive compensation.
How Florida Bicycle Accident Compensation Works
If you were partially at fault for an accident, Florida allows for a lot of wiggle room when it comes to getting compensation. You can be up to 99 percent at fault for an accident and still receive compensation. Your award, however, will be reduced by however much you have been found at fault. It is important that you understand where this compensation comes from. Your compensation comes from the insurance company of the liable party in your bicycle accident and can include compensation for things such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We do our very best to keep you from getting pinned for any of the blame, but in instances where someone is at fault, they will have their award reduced regardless of how badly injured they are. For example, if someone was riding their bike on the street and had to turn, but maybe did not use an arm to signal their turn, and someone who was blowing a stop sign hit them, that bicyclist may still have some fault in the accident. Let’s say they are deemed ten percent at fault and were awarded $100,000 for their injuries and damages. They would have that award reduced to $90,000 to account for their role in causing the accident.
Do Not Talk to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
Typically with any personal injury case, you will receive a universal piece of advice from just about every lawyer—do not talk to the insurance company that represents the person who hit you on your bike. They will almost definitely be reaching out to you very shortly after you are hurt. This may be while you’re still in the hospital and on pain medication. They know this is a vulnerable time for you, regardless if you have been prescribed pain medication or not. They will take advantage of the fact that you are probably overwhelmed at this moment and that you may not have a clear idea of what happened in your accident. They may ask you for a recorded statement. Anything you say will be used in their case against you. If you say something wrong, it can hurt your case. It can be something as simple as you being polite. If they ask how you are, and you politely respond, “I’m okay. How are you?” they could claim that you do not have severe injuries because you said you are okay. That is the kind of thing that we aim to avoid having happen to you.
Contact Our Pensacola Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today
We are here to guide you through your bicycle accident case so that it is as successful as it can be. You are a priority to us and we want to make sure that you are treated with urgency and expertise. Our Pensacola bicycle accident lawyers are here to help you get through this difficult time, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that your case is strong going up against the insurance company so that it is successful in the end. If you want a successful bicycle accident case, please call our office today to set up your free initial case review with our Pensacola bicycle accident lawyers and see what we can do for you.