Redington Shores Bicycle Accident Attorney
Even though Florida—and the Tampa Bay region, specifically—is designed with incredibly dangerous roads for cyclists, that does not mean that an individual driver should be forgiven for hitting you and causing the serious injuries you have unfairly been forced to deal with. As a bike crash victim, you have rights, and one of these rights is to demand complete repayment of all of your damages, and not just the cost to replace your bike or your out of pocket medical bills. By working with an experienced and highly qualified Redington Shores bicycle accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff, you stand the greatest chance at ensuring a more stable financial future for yourself.
Damages in a Redington Shores Bicycle Accident Claim
A bike crash often leaves the victim with severe road rash, a concussion or an even worse traumatic brain injury, and a litany of broken bones. These injuries result in “damages,” which include the following:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Lost income
- Lost earning ability for the near future or long term
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional turmoil
- Loss of joy of life
- Property damage to their bike and other belongings
While it may be tempting to reach out to the at-fault driver directly for compensation, or even to discuss your injuries and demands with the at-fault driver’s insurance company if they give you a call, it is in your own best interest to hold off on all communications with the other side, and to first talk to an experienced bike crash lawyer. Failure to do so will almost certainly result in decreased compensation for you and your loved ones.
Hit and Run Bike Crashes
The ugly truth is that a lot more drivers would commit hit and runs if they felt they could get away with it. This is evidenced in the fact that a very high percentage of bike and pedestrian crashes involve hit and run drivers. An injured cyclist cannot catch up to a car, follow it, and get the license plate number. Moreover, a car is likely to be only minorly damaged—and still in working condition to drive away—following a collision with a cyclist. However, even if the driver is never caught or identified, you can still file a personal injury claim, seeking pain and suffering, lost income, and other damages. This can be accomplished by filing a claim under your own Uninsured Motorist policy. If a bike crash victim chooses to do so, they will need to work with an attorney in order to receive fair compensation, even though they will be seeking damages from their own insurance company.
Call a Redington Shores Bicycle Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
Because of the size difference between a six-thousand-pound vehicle and a human being, bike crash victims almost always suffer at least moderate injuries, such as whiplash, concussion, lacerations, and soft tissue damage, when struck by vehicles. Significantly worse injuries are also common, unfortunately. If you were hit by a distracted or road rage driver, call our Redington Shores bicycle accident attorney at Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a free consultation.