Florida Bicycle Accident Attorneys
While Florida has the most amount of bicyclists in the United States, most Florida cyclists and drivers are unaware of the specific Florida biking laws. As Florida bike accident attorneys we have represented numerous bicyclist that have been severely injured or killed while riding their bike.
Some of these Florida bike accidents involve crashes with car or trucks, while others have involved defective bikes, negligent placement of construction roadway markers, improper maintenance of roadway, and careless cycling by another cyclist on the road.
Beyond our years of experience as Florida bike accident lawyers, our managing trial attorney, Gregory Dell is an experienced cyclist that has cycled thousands of miles and participated in the races such as Florida Ironman. It is important to hire a Florida personal injury law firm that has experience with bicycle accidents and understands the rules of the road.
In state of Florida a “bicycle is classified as vehicle” and there are numerous state statutes written that deal specifically with Bicycles. A cyclist is required to follow the same rules of the road that apply to all drivers; however a driver is required to obey the laws that have been designed to protect bicyclist.
To learn more about Florida bike laws and the rules of the road for both bicyclist and drivers, we recommend that you download the Florida Bicycle Law Enforcement Guide by the Florida Bicycle Association. Click on the cover at the right to download the guide.
Defective Bicycle Accident Cases
In many of our Florida bike accident cases we have worked closely with an accident reconstructionist, engineer, bike safety expert, roadway construction expert, human factors expert, metallurgist, and professional cyclist in order to prove that our client was not responsible for the injuries sustained in the accident.
Bike accidents caused by a defect in the bicycle are always challenged by the bike manufacturer and the shop that sold the bike. The defense will often argue that the owner of the bike failed to maintain the bike properly; therefore the bike malfunctioned or broke. Additionally, the defense will argue that the bike came with a user care manual and the bike owner should have followed the instructions in the manual.
In many bike accident cases it is the negligent construction or maintenance of the bike by a local bike shop that causes a bike to malfunction. We have handled Florida bike accident injury claims against bike manufacturers such as Cannondale, Trek, Specialized, Raleigh, and Giant. In additional we have handled brain injury cases dealing with a defect in a bicycle helmet.
Our Florida Bicycle Accident Cases
- Bicycle Accident with Serious Bodily Injury Our client was a 50 year old man who was an avid cyclist. He would ride 25 miles a day at least a few days a week. One afternoon he was riding his bike when he was struck by a […]
- Miami Beach Bicycle Accident Settles for $50,000.00 policy limit Our client, a 30 year old man, was riding his bicycle on Miami Beach when he was struck by a car that turned a corner without observing the stop sign. Our client was thrown to the ground and suffered injuries […]
- 60 year old woman on bicycle hit by car and suffers fractured arm Our client, a 60 year old woman was riding her bike in her quiet Plantation neighborhood when a car turned a corner and struck her, causing her to be thrown to the ground. The police came to the scene before […]
- Bicycle Accident Settles For Large Sum Client Purchases A Bicycle That Is Defective Our client, a middle aged man purchased a brand new bicycle at Target in Hollywood, Florida. As he rode the bicycle for the first time down the Hollywood Broadwalk, the front tire suddenly […]
- Man struck while riding his bicycle settles case for $115,000 Our Client is Struck While Riding His Bicycle Our client, a middle aged man from Hialeah, Florida, was riding his bicycle on the side of the road. As he approached a driveway, suddenly and without warning, a vehicle exited the […]
- $300,000 Recovered by Vero Beach Bike Accident Attorneys Most people expect to be safe when riding their bicycle on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, as Vero Beach bike accident attorneys we often see bicycle accidents that take place when a car strikes a cyclist on the sidewalk. Bikers are supposed […]
Our clients are the surviving mother and father of a twenty-five year old son killed by an intoxicated driver. The drunk driver maintained a $10,000 auto insurance policy. The drunk driver’s insurance company failed to pay the policy limits within the time specified by Dell & Schaefer. Subsequently, the policy limits of $10,000 were offered by the insurance company and rejected by our clients.
The suit against the drunk driver’s insurance company proceeded under a legal theory known as “Bad Faith”. Prior to trial, at a court ordered mediation, the drunk driver’s insurance company agreed to pay $490,000, despite the fact that their original exposure was only $10,000.
- Dell & Schaefer Recovers $2.5 million for a 60 Year old Cyclist Our client, a 60 year old avid cyclist was riding his bicycle on AlA in Palm Beach Florida when he was hit by a car and thrown over 30 feet, causing his right hip and head to hit the pavement […]
Our client was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk in the opposite direction of traffic. A person leaving a store was pulling out and did not see our client coming from the opposite direction. Our client suffered a fractured wrist requiring surgery. The insurance company for the driver and the police claimed our client was at fault. We were able to prove that the driver was responsible.
Our Client was riding his bike when his bike tire got caught in a sewer drain causing the fork of the bike to snap and our client suffering severe injuries. A lawsuit against the Florida Department of Transportation and the bike manufacturer was resolved prior to trial.
Our client was riding his bike when his seat unexpectedly detached from his seat post causing him to fall to the ground and fracture his ankle. We were able to prove that the screw used to secure the seat to the seat post was defective and caused the accident. Prior to trial the lawsuit was resolved.
Our client was 62 years old when he was riding his bicycle on A-1-A and was suddenly struck by a driver in a rental car. Our client sustained a brain injury and numerous fractures. The policy report indicated that our client was at fault for failing to yield the right of way of the driver. Our client had no memory of the accident and there were no eye witnesses. Through our investigation and work with our accident reconstruction expert, we were able to prove that the police report was wrong and that the driver of the rental car was responsible for causing the accident. The insurance company for the driver of the rental car paid their policy limits of $1 million and then we are able to obtain the policy limits of $1.5 million from our client’s underinsured motorist auto insurance policy.