When you have been hit by a motor vehicle while traveling on your bike and want to ensure that the person responsible for your injuries is held to account, reach out to an experienced bicycle accident lawyer in Tampa.
Bicycle wrecks are known for resulting in catastrophic bodily injury and fatalities, as bikers don’t have the same protection of a vehicle surrounding them that motorists do. Traumatic brain damage, loss of limb, spinal injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder are frequently seen, debilitating conditions that can seriously impact the bicyclist’s life.
For this reason, pursuing a claim in Tampa against the liable party may be in your best interests. Your Tampa bicycle accident lawyer at Anderson & Anderson is prepared to do everything possible to obtain maximum repayment of the damages you’ve suffered.
Figuring out who should be ordered to cover your financial, emotional, and personal losses is paramount to the success of your case. We start by thoroughly investigating the driver who struck you. More often than not, these drivers were distracted, drowsy, aggressive, or inebriated at the time of the collision and could therefore be found liable.
However, there are several other parties that may be to blame for the cause of your Tampa bike wreck. If a part on your bicycle or the vehicle that hit you malfunctioned or was defective in some way, then the manufacturer could be found at fault for the cause of the accident.
Likewise, if the roads themselves became dangerous in some way, perhaps due to a large pothole or missing street sign, and this is what caused the collision, then the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and/or the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles could be culpable.
There is also a chance that multiple parties contributed to the cause of the accident, in which case your attorney will work to ensure that each party is brought to justice for their negligence.
Shared fault is also known as comparative negligence in FL. This means that individuals who are partly to blame for the cause of the accident still have the legal right to pursue their claim against the party that carries the majority of fault.
However, this doesn’t mean you won’t have to answer for your part in the cause of the accident. Claimants will be assigned a percentage of fault, and this amount will then be deducted from any settlement they are awarded in their case.
For instance, let’s say you were 20 percent at fault for the cause of your bike crash because you weren’t wearing a helmet. The jury awards you $250,000 for your damages, but your 20 percent reduction brings your final settlement award down to $200,000.
To learn more about the personal injury claims process or how a regarded Tampa bicycle accident lawyer at Anderson & Anderson can make a difference in your case, schedule your complimentary case evaluation. You can do so by submitting the online contact form provided below or giving our office a call at 813-251-0072.