The fallout caused by a bicycle accident can trigger a physically painful and legally complicated recovery process for all of those involved. You may be unsure of where to begin or what damages to seek when it comes to filing a bicycle accident lawsuit. When you enlist the professional legal services of Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh you can rest easy knowing that your case is in capable hands that have your best interests at heart.
KMW Legal Can Help With Your Bicycle Accident Claim
At KMW Legal, we have worked tirelessly to prove ourselves as capable protectors of Tampa area residents who have been injured in serious bicycle accidents. As your legal team, we’ll never shy away from a fight to recover the settlement you deserve, even if that means taking your bicycle accident claim to trial.
Our 30 years of combined experience as Florida attorneys means that we have cultivated the resources and legal insight required to settle bicycle accident lawsuits against insurance companies, allowing our clients to collect compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and stress.
The lawyers of Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh are available to advise you in a free strategy session on the next steps in your bicycle accident lawsuit. We are happy to speak with you about your case and let you know what we can bring to the table with no strings attached.
Tampa Bicycle Accidents Can Be Deadly
Bicycles present a clean, healthy, and low-cost alternative to driving. However, bicycle accidents in Florida claimed over 150 lives in 2021, earning Florida the moniker of the deadliest state for bicyclists. When a negligent driver fails to yield to a bicyclist who is about to turn, encroaches on the boundaries of a bike lane, or endangers bicyclists by becoming distracted, the consequences can be fatal.
Negligent Drivers and Nighttime Conditions Endanger Bicyclists
Certain conditions present a larger risk to the safety of bicyclists. NHTSA data shows that bicycle fatalities are the most common between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and happen more frequently in urban areas. Poorly lit streets, drowsy drivers, high traffic volume, cyclists in non-reflective gear, and overall decreased visibility can cause a driver to severely injure or kill a bicyclist in a collision.
However, negligent drivers are the most dangerous piece of the puzzle. On November 4th, 2021, a speeding surgeon killed a Tampa bicyclist in a head-on accident at night, at more than 4 times the posted speed limit. Had the crash occurred during broad daylight, it still would have been virtually impossible to avoid hitting the bicyclist.
Drivers can be held accountable for their negligence if they injure or kill a bicyclist while engaging in behaviors like:
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Texting while driving
- Personal grooming
- Ignoring rules of the road
While bicyclist fatalities constitute a small percentage of all motor vehicle accident fatalities they deserve no less attention and care than any other accident. At KMW Legal, we can help you alleviate some of the burdens in a wrongful death lawsuit to recover lost income, hospital bills, and loss of companionship.
Learn more about Florida’s Bicycle Laws
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
The CDC reported 467,000 bicyclist injuries in 2015, despite the public safety campaigns in recent decades encouraging bicyclists to use defensive driving tactics and drivers to be more cognizant of their fellow road users. Many of us associate scraped knees and bruised legs with the process of learning to ride a bike, but few people are prepared for the extent of injuries inflicted by the average weight of a modern car.
Even injuries that seem relatively insignificant at the scene of the accident can turn into serious health issues if left untreated. It is essential to seek medical care after a bicycle accident injury to protect your claim from accusations of exaggeration by the insurance company; it’s one of their common tactics to minimize settlement payouts.
Examples of Common Bicyclist Injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Facial and Dental Injuries, Disfigurement
- Fractures, Lacerations, and Contusions
- Severe Road Rash
- Crush Injuries
- Muscle Strain
- Loss of Limb or Organ
- Neck and Back Injuries
The Importance of Bicycle Helmets
The risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury or fatal head injury can be mitigated to a significant degree by using a properly fitting helmet. According to Cleveland Clinic, head injuries are the primary killer in bicycle accidents, and helmets can reduce the rate of head injuries by 85%. If a bicyclist chooses to forgo a helmet, they risk a lifetime of complications and deficits if they sustain a traumatic injury in an accident.
What Compensation Can I Recover in a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
Severe bicycle injuries can be incredibly disruptive. The spouse of the injured bicyclist may have to take time off of work to be a caretaker or transport their partner to doctor appointments. An injured bicyclist may require a modified van to fit a wheelchair, expensive medication, and frequent therapy to regain the use of their limbs.
Types of Bicycle Accident Damages:
- Medical bills
- Lab Tests
- Ambulance Rides
- Transportation to Appointments
- Hospital Stays
- Mobility Aids
- Home Healthcare Services
- Home Modifications
- Physical or Occupational Therapy
- Lost Wages
- Lost Earning Potential
- Costs of Job Retraining
- Missed Promotions
- Inability to Continue Career
- Pain and Suffering
- Wrongful Death
- Funeral Costs
- Loss of Consortium
- Lost Income Contribution
While you’re busy recovering from a bicycle accident, the bills will continue to accumulate and you may start to feel anxious and frustrated by the growing debt that affects not just you but those you care about as well.
At Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh, we’ll protect you from insurance companies seeking a fast resolution at your expense while we pursue your damages in a bicycle accident lawsuit.
Why Do I Need a Bicycle Accident Attorney?
Insurance companies will have no qualms about reducing your settlement value, even if it means that you are stuck paying for some of your expenses out of pocket after a serious bicycle accident. It may be their job to protect their profit margins, but it’s our job to protect you.
At Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh we will work to:
- Anticipate the damages that will accumulate and can potentially be compensated through your case
- Assist an expert in estimating the lost wages and earning potential to claim damages
- Examine the evidence from the scene of the bicycle accident, obtain medical records, request police reports and Breathalyzer results if necessary, contact eyewitness
- Respect you as a priority
- Parse out tricky legal jargon
- Deploy our significant resources to support your case
- Manage requests from debt collectors and insurance companies
- Protect your right to be fully compensated for the losses you have suffered
- Negotiate a fair settlement that covers the economic and non-financial costs you have experienced
- Confront insurance companies at trial
KMW is Proud to Represent Injured Bicycle Accident Victims in Tampa, Florida
With a population of 387,916 people, Tampa is the largest city in Hillsborough County and among one of the largest cities in the state. Bicycling has only grown more popular among the people of Tampa and with with populace growing steadily, the frequency of bicycle accidents seems to also increase as well.
KMW Law has been assisting those harmed by negligent drivers that cause bicycle accidents for over ten years and has built up an extensive list of case results that testify to our firm’s effectiveness. We are not only invested in personal injury but the wellbeing of bicyclists in Tampa and stand ready to represent bicyclists injured in accidents in bicycle accident claims.
Contact an Expert Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
With summer right around the corner, Tampa bicyclists should be aware of their rights to reclaim compensation for damages in a bicycle accident lawsuit should they be injured by someone else’s negligent behavior. The attorneys of Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh are standing by to assist you in the process of filing a bicycle accident lawsuit.
Our firm has a long record of achievement when it comes to obtaining getting our clients the settlements and court awards necessary to get back on their feet. We achieve this thanks to years of experience and tireless dedication the KMW team brings to the table.
We’ve seen how a negligent driver can completely upend a bicyclist’s life, leaving them to deal with the financial, physical, and emotional fallout. Our capable team will handle your bicycle accident case with the care it merits with an eagle eye for detail.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, KMW Legal invites you to review our services for yourself at a complimentary, no-commitment strategy session with one of our respected attorneys at our Tampa office.