Understanding Florida Bicycle Accident Injury Risk
Bicycling in Florida is a beloved pastime partaken by many both local and visiting. Beautiful beaches, nature trails, and morning work commutes are filled with cyclists taking their bicycles out. Unfortunately, many cyclists that take to the road end up suffering severe injuries as a result of collisions with motor vehicles. These injuries come in all shapes and sizes with unique ways of affecting a bicycle accident victim’s quality of life.
You may be Able to File a Bicycle Accident Injury Claim
As a result of these severe bicycle accident injuries, many victims have their lives turned upside down with a number of damages. Some of the most common damages that bicycle accident victims suffer are expensive medical bills for things such as surgery, medications, doctor consultations, and physical therapy. Bicyclists can also end up out of work and miss out on wages that they could have possibly made while they were recovering from their injuries. On top of all of this, there is also an immense amount of pain and suffering involved with the injuries and trauma caused by an accident.
What Does it Take to File a Bicycle Accident Claim?
By filing a bicycle accident injury claim, a bicycle accident victim can take legal action to hold those that caused their injury accountable for their actions. In order to file a bicycle accident injury claim, there must, of course, be a significant injury suffered by the plaintiff in a bicycle accident. Also, that injury needs to be the result of an accident caused by the negligence of a liable party. Common liable parties for bicycle accidents will typically be the driver the accident although it is not limited to them. The driver could be driving a company car which can make their employer liable for the accident.
Regardless of who caused the accident, taking on a bicycle accident injury claim is no small matter. That is why it is strongly recommended that plaintiffs seeking compensation through a claim at least see a lawyer for a consultation on their case before attempting to handle things on their own. The lawyers of Eberst law are happy to give you insight on what legal options are available to you and provide some clarity as to how we can ensure that we can secure the compensation you need as your legal representation.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle accidents result in a few injuries that are significantly more common than others. You are not exactly likely to suffer a burn injury when you are hit by a vehicle but stranger things have indeed happened. The following are some of the major injuries that many bicycle accident plaintiff’s sue over more commonly.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
One of the most potentially damaging injuries that someone can suffer in a bicycle accident is the traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury is a blanket term used for injuries where the head suffers a blow from a physical force exerted on it that damages the brain. This force that acts on the head can either come from a direct physical blow like when someone hits their head on the ground after being thrown from their bicycle. Traumatic brain injuries can also be suffered through jerking and shaking motions of sufficient force that act upon the head.
As one would expect, the majority of those that suffer traumatic brain injuries because of bicycle accidents did not wear a helmet. It is a simple and effective way of significantly reducing the chance of suffering a traumatic brain injury. To fail to do so can mean dealing with the effects of concussions, brain contusions, or even penetrating brain injuries. All of these injuries may have minor differences but they all can cause cognitive issues that can be permanent.
Broken/ Fractured Bones
When a bicyclist suffers immense trauma caused by behind hit by a vehicle, when they are thrown from their bicycle, or both they can suffer many broken or fractured bones. Common broken or fractured bones in bicycle accidents typically include broken legs, fractured clavicles, elbow fractures, broken wrists, and hand fractures.
The immense trauma caused by a bicycle injury can lead to the damage of a bicyclist’s nerves. Broken limbs and head injuries only expedite the damage done to the nerves that not only allow us to sense but also to control our limbs. In the worst cases of nerve damage, victims can end up suffering paralysis with milder cases resulting in loss of sensation in the limbs, weakness of the limbs, and a decrease in coordination.
Falling and hitting the ground or another object head-on is a possibility for a bicyclist in a bicycle accident. The result is likely some form of damage to the teeth called a dental injury requiring a certain degree of dental surgery. The severity of the blow can mean an accident victim either has to have a few teeth replace or require attention to their whole jaw structure.
Consider Eberst Law as You Bicycle Accident Injury Attorney
Bicycle accidents are a serious matter that deserves and often need compensation from those that are liable. Negligent parties can be held responsible and bicycle accident victims have a right to take legal action against them because of their injuries. With a bicycle accident injury claim, you can ensure that your damages are compensated and that the mistakes that lead to your injury will be much less likely to happen again and injure someone else. With the lawyers of Eberst Law at your side, your case will have the utmost attention as your accident is investigated, settlements are negotiated, and compensation secured with clear communication to you while you focus on recovery.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident in the Stuart or Gainesville area, contact the experienced personal injury team at The Eberst Law Firm. We are ready to handle your case. And there are no fees unless we recover for your injuries. You can contact us online or call us at 772-225-4900.
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