Bicycle Accidents

Cycling is healthy, fun, and a good way to get around – but it comes with high risk. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to being hit by a vehicle, we urge you to engage legal representation at once. Our team at Panzer Law is available to represent injured cyclists and will pursue the maximum compensation possible.

Types of Bicycle Accidents in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale
The Miami and Ft. Lauderdale areas are ideal for getting around on a bicycle, whether for children or adults. Many people choose this mode of transportation to get to work, school, church, or other locations, or ride for pleasure and exercise. The types of bicycle accidents that commonly occur in the area include:

  • Right of way accidents: A cyclist may have the legal right of way, and in some cases, a car or truck operator may fail to yield to a cyclist who has the right of way, leading to impact and serious or fatal injuries.
  • Collisions at stop signs and stop lights: A common type of bicycle accident, a rear-end collision, typically occurs when a car or truck driver fails to see a cyclist stopped at a stop sign or red light.
  • Intersection accidents: A bicyclist must follow the same rules of the road as any driver. At an uncontrolled intersection, the vehicle operator on the right has the right of way, but the driver may turn anyway, hitting the cyclist.
  • Left cross accidents: A bicyclist who crosses the road may be severely injured when a vehicle driver turns left, hitting the cyclist.
  • Dooring: A bicyclist can be thrown onto the roadway and be hit by other vehicles when a car or truck driver suddenly opens the door into their path.
  • Drunk driving accidents: Drunk or drug intoxicated drivers make bad decisions and may speed, fail to notice a cyclist, or swerve into a bicyclist, causing serious or fatal injuries.
  • Distracted driver accidents: Distracted driving is a very common issue, with many drivers choosing to text or talk on a cell phone while driving, eat, or engage in conversation in the vehicle, taking their eyes and attention off the road, with disastrous consequences.
  • Rear-end accidents: Many bicycle accidents involve being impacted from behind, which throws the cyclist into the air, and onto the roadway, potentially then being run over by the driver after the impact.
  • Sideswipe accidents: A common type of accident occurs when drivers randomly, and without signaling or side checking, swerve into a lane in which a cyclist is legally traveling.

Hit By a Car While on Your Bicycle?

Why Choose Panzer Law for a Bicycle Accident Case?
Your choice of attorney can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. To achieve justice and full compensation requires hard work, a full investigation into the facts, and the development of a well-constructed injury claim or lawsuit. The factor that makes a real difference is the commitment your bicycle accident lawyer has to you, your case, and your future. At Panzer Law, we take on these cases fully dedicated to seeking full justice and compensation. We are committed to our clients and keep them informed throughout the duration of the case. We care about the people we represent and go above and beyond in the pursuit of justice for the injured.

Bicycle Accident Injuries
A bicycle accident often causes serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. Some of the most common bicycle accident injuries include:

  • Head injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Strains, sprains
  • Severe abrasions, lacerations, contusions
  • Facial or dental fractures
  • Fatal injuries

We are Dedicated to Our Clients
Our legal team is like no other. Each of our lawyers has a personal dedication to the pursuit of justice, and we are on a mission to ensure our clients can rebuild their lives and have the financial compensation they need, both now and in the future. Every client matters to us, and we work as hard for them.

You deserve to be treated with kindness, respect, and compassion. We want you to feel confident that we will properly handle your case.

Reach out to us for a free case consultation. We take on cases on a contingency fee basis – no legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation for you.

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We invite you to meet with us to discuss your case and what to expect. We are open, honest, and qualified in personal injury law.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long before I get my settlement?

You have the right to reject an offer of settlement that is too low, and our legal team at Panzer Law is here to guide you through this process and will do everything possible to expedite the process.

What if I was partially at fault?

Florida is what is termed a “comparative negligence” state. If you were partially responsible for what occurred, the amount of compensation you are paid would be reduced by the percentage that you are believed to be responsible for.

Will my case go to court?

The vast majority of cases are settled without the need to take it to trial. However, you do want to ensure your workers’ compensation lawyer has trial skills, as this skill set is also needed to prepare a compelling case, present it in mediation or negotiations, and at trial if this is in your best interests. 

I was hit by a drunk driver who did not have insurance – what do I do?

Unfortunately, many drivers are operating vehicles without auto insurance. If the drunk driver has no insurance or is under-insured, a claim can be filed with your own auto insurance provider. Although a lawsuit could be filed to attempt to seek compensation by another method, these negligent drivers often do not have assets that make this approach successful.

Do I have a case?

You may be unsure if you have a right to seek compensation. Take advantage of our free case consultation to find out if your case has merit.

What damages will be paid in my personal injury claim?

Your personal injury claim involves several types of damages, called “economic damages,” which are the financial losses you experienced, and “non-economic damages,” which are more personal and include pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.

How much will it cost to hire our law firm and when do you pay?

Our firm charges nothing unless we recover benefits for you. In a workers’ compensation case, you pay 30% or less when there is a recovery. The amount is often less because we often recover a portion of our attorney’s fees from the insurance company, sometimes 100%, thereby reducing or eliminating your responsibility for attorney’s fees. In a personal injury case, you pay 33% if the case settles before the defendant files an answer in a lawsuit, or 40% if the case does not settle before the defendant files an answer in a lawsuit.  Costs work the same way, whereby our costs are paid only if we recover benefits for you.  In workers’ compensation cases, we often recover part of our costs, sometimes 100%, thereby reducing or eliminating your responsibility for costs. You pay nothing unless and until we recover benefits for you.

Do I need a lawyer?

While a minor injury could be resolved without an attorney, any case that involves serious injury, catastrophic injury, or loss of life should be managed by a skilled personal injury lawyer.

How much is my case worth?

Every workers’ compensation case is unique. The value will be based on the degree of your injuries, whether they will lead to future challenges, affect your ability to earn a living, require ongoing medical care, and many other factors. To determine the value of your claim will require reviewing your medical condition, valuing the financial losses you have experienced and will experience, and the work restrictions associated with your injuries.

What to expect in our first meeting?

Meeting with a workers’ compensation attorney shouldn’t be an intimidating experience.

Rather it should be useful. In our office, we collect information about your case and help clients to be well informed and comfortable when they come in for an initial consultation. We share important information in at least two ways and develop your case to best handle it for your unique situation.

When you first walk into our office, we’ll sit down and go over the reason for your visit. You will discuss your case with one of our attorneys. If you speak Spanish, you will discuss your case with a Spanish-speaking attorney. One of our staff members will collect information about you and your situation. We will ask you specific questions about your background, your employment, and your injury. Our interview will be extensive and in detail, to obtain the most complete information about your situation. When we are well informed, it allows us to better prepare your case. At the close of the meetings, we may have some tasks for you to do and help us follow up after our meeting, and we will also be running a series of processes after our meeting to start your case as soon as possible.

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