Tampa Bay Bicycle Accident Attorneys
If you have been involved in a bike accident here in the Tampa Bay area, you may be feeling frightened about what the future holds for you. There may be medical bills you are having a hard time paying because of missed time at work. There may be no way for you to get around if your bike is ruined and your body is too injured to perform that kind of physical activity.
The consequences of this accident may be with you forever, and we want to say how sorry we are that you have to deal with it. At Perenich The Law Firm, our Tampa Bay bicycle accident attorneys want to help you get compensation for your injuries in the fullest amount to help you go back to your normal life, or as close to it as you can get. After learning more about your claim, we would be more than happy to sit down with you to discuss your case during a free consultation.
What to Do After an Accident
The first moments after an accident are vital to your wellbeing and your claim. The priority over absolutely anything else is your health and your safety. If you are in a life-threatening situation, you need to seek medical attention. You might even be taken away on an ambulance if you were knocked unconscious upon impact. If it is not a life or death emergency, and you won’t be worsening your condition, you should stay on the scene and collect evidence for future reference but only if you are able to.
The evidence that will need to be collected mainly comes in the form of videos and photos that you take. You will also want contact information from the witnesses at the scene as well as insurance information from the driver who hit you. Again, if you’re not able to stay at the scene, you can have a friend, family member, or attorney collect evidence for you. The police should also be called on the scene and they will do their due diligence as well.
How Compensation Works in Florida
In the state of Florida, there are negligence rules that dictate how much compensation you can get in the event that you are blamed for part of the accident. For a bike accident, there can be circumstances that would put the bike rider at fault. For instance, perhaps they swerved into the road to avoid pedestrians and ended up getting hit by a car. The good news with Florida laws is that you can get compensation even if you mostly caused the accident. You will just have a reduced award. If you were responsible for 20% of the accident and you get a reward of $10,000 then you will be able to collect $8,000 to account for that 20% of fault you had. The way to avoid this reduction happening to you is to get a great attorney to protect your rights.
Something you should also be aware of that might relieve you is that you will get a compensation reward that is going to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses that you may have incurred as a result of the accident. Luckily, the amount of compensation will go up to reflect how much your injuries have set you back. Hopefully you can take ease knowing that fact. We will do everything we can to make that compensation reward as full and extensive as it should be, because you don’t deserve to be financially burden by something that didn’t have to happen.
Be warned, however, that if you don’t get your case rolling right away, it might hurt your chances at compensation. You have a statute of limitations of four years from the date of your accident to either bring a claim or to settle it. If you wait longer than that, you cannot be compensated. You also don’t want to delay before contact an attorney because your evidence and witness memories will be compromised.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
One sure fire way to avoid case-ruining mistakes is to avoid talking to the insurance company. They want to get a recorded statement from you after the accident and they may even call you while you’re still recovering in the hospital in a vulnerable state. You don’t want to give them any information. Any questions or statements they’re looking for, they can ask your attorney when you hire one. Besides telling them that you were the person involved in the accident and to contact your attorney, you have absolutely no obligation to speak with them and you certainly shouldn’t.
Call Our Tampa Bay Bicycle Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you have been a victim of a bike accident in Florida, and you are seeking a strong, dedicated attorney, please call our office today. One of our Tampa Bay bicycle accident attorneys will sit down with you for a free consultation and detail what you need to know to have a successful claim. We won’t give up on your case and we’ll take you all the way to get you the fullest and most fair compensation award possible. You don’t deserve to deal with the financial burden of an accident that could have been avoided. We will champion your case.