Miami Bicycle Accident Attorney
Given Miami’s year-round warm weather, flat terrain, and crowded suburban streets, it is no surprise many Miami residents use bicycles to commute to work, run errands, and get around town. Miami, however, is perhaps one of the most dangerous places in the United States for cyclists. According to an article published by Miami New Times, “Miami is one of the nation’s least safe cities on two wheels. . . Between 2010 and 2014, 47 cyclists died across Miami.” Cick Here For More Info.
The statistics do not appear to be getting better for bicyclists nationwide or throughout Florida. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 857 bicycle-related fatalities in the United States during 2018, that number up over 9% from 783 in 2017. In both 2017 and 2018, there were more bicyclist killed in Florida than almost any other state: 160 in 2018 and 125 in 2017. Many of the fatalities in Florida occurred in Miami. According to the Department of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 20 bicyclists killed in Miami during 2018 and 14 killed in 2019.
Causes of Miami Bicycle injuries
While there are countless causes of bicycle accidents in Miami, many are caused by Miami’s around-the-clock traffic, aggressive and distracted drivers, or wet roads. Day and night, Miami’s roads are filled with cars. With the growing number of vehicles packed onto Miami’s streets and operated by distracted drivers, it is easy to see why many bicyclists are hit or killed each year. For drivers who are not fully focused on the road, bicyclists can be easy to miss.
Another reason for the high number of bicycle-related accidents and deaths in Miami is that many drivers do not know the rules of road that apply to bicyclists. This can lead to unexpected driving maneuvers and subsequent crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated, “A large percentage of crashes can be avoided if motorists and cyclists follow the rules of the road and watch out for each other.”
Everyday Bicycle Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, many bicycle accidents result in catastrophic injury, permanent physical impairment, or death. Safety precautions, such as properly-fitted helmets, bright clothes, and reflective lights and gear, are critical for bicyclists. Even with the best precautions, bicyclists must remain vigilant. Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles and wearing proper safety equipment is the best way to avoid being injured in a bicycle-related accident. While crashes between bicyclists and motor vehicles can lead to various types of injuries, some of the most serious are traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries.
Liability for Bicycle Accidents
Determining liability, or who is at fault, in every accident case depends highly on the facts of each case. Bicycle accident cases are no different. Some considerations will include vehicle speeds, whether there was a failure to yield or follow a traffic control device, road and traffic conditions, and the rules of the road imposed by Florida statutes. In some cases, cities, municipalities, and private entities charged with a legal responsibility to properly maintain safe conditions on roadways can also be held legally responsible for injuries suffered during bicycle accidents. Additionally, in Miami, Florida streets and roads are frequently under construction. This can lead to unexpected driving paths, unsafe road conditions, and confusion among motorists and cyclists. If a bicyclist is injured due to negligent roadway construction or design, private construction entities can sometimes be held legally responsible.
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Viñas & DeLuca is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has offices available for consultation in Miami, Boca Raton/Palm Beach, and Tampa. We have handled cases in multiple state and federal jurisdictions throughout Florida. Click here for more information.
Contact a Miami Bicycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Florida personal injury or wrongful death matter, please contact Viñas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650. There is never a fee or cost to you unless our law firm can recover money for you. You can also complete our Free Case Evaluation Form or easily chat with us online, and one of our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys will contact you right away. We are here 24/7/365 to speak with you and answer your questions. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you.
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We notify all insurance companies and potential defendants that we represent you. From there, we handle everything. You will not need to speak with anyone but your lawyers. All communications go through us – your advocates.
We help you get the medical care you need when you need it. Our lawyers and staff help you make appointments, obtain medical advice, and recover from your injuries, both physically and financially. We are at your side each step of the way.
Our lawyers and medical experts review your medical records to determine the most effective way to present your injury claim. This may require forensic expert reports, professional medical illustrations, or 3D animations of your accident or injury. We spare no expense when it comes to effectively telling your story.
Drawing on decades of combined legal experience, our lawyers aggressively pursue top dollar settlements and verdicts for each of our clients. The vast majority of defendants in our cases choose not to go to trial against our law firm, setting the stage for our clients to receive satisfactory settlements and results.
South Florida Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The attorneys at Viñas and DeLuca have over 35 years of combined experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Miami and the State of Florida. Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, representing them in both state and federal court. Each of our attorneys is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. The Attorneys at Viñas and DeLuca have also been recognized by Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 under 40, Avvo, and others. While the results of any case can vary depending on the facts, our commitment to winning big for our clients never changes.
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