Bicycle Accidents2018-08-31T17:37:44+00:00

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Bicycle Accidents

With a vast network of biking trails used throughout the year for commuters and long-distance enthusiasts, the Sunshine State is a hotspot for biking and enjoying the outdoors. It also has the highest rate of bicycling deaths in the United States. With 50,000 people seriously injured and 0.57 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2014, a Bicycle Accident Injury Claim is not an unusual case for Florida based Personal Injury Lawyers. In fact, the bicycle fatality rate is more than double the national rate.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or a fatality on a bicycle, then the help of a Bicycle Accident Personal Injury Attorney can work to bring you the compensation that is rightfully yours.

St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas are both partners at Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. and have been consistently recognized by their peers, courts and the community as premier lawyers in Personal Injury Law. The firm is ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm by US News and World Reports.

St Petersburg Bicycle Accident

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Can I claim damages for my Bicycle Accident in Florida?

If you were involved in a bicycle accident with another vehicle, you may have a meaningful and successful case. However, the other driver or drivers involved must be proven negligent. A Bicycle Accident Attorney must be able to prove the following:
Breach of Duty:
The driver failed to take the necessary measures to control their vehicle in a safe, reasonable or legal manner under Florida law.
Cause:
It must be proven that the driver’s negligent or incorrect behavior caused the bicycle accident.
Damages:
The injuries and damages you suffered were a direct result of the incident. This is not just physical injuries, but also the longer-lasting damages such as lost wages, loss of earning capacity and past and future medical costs.

Bicycle accidents by nature tend to result in serious injuries. A bicycle accident personal injury lawyer can work to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve to cover these often life-changing damages.

Bike Accident LawyerFlorida Cyclist Rights

If you are unsure whether your incident is applicable for a Personal Injury claim, you can use our free consultation service. Below are some frequently answered questions to help clear up any doubt:

  • “No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with the law.”
  • “There is only one road, and it is up to bicyclists and motorists to treat each other with care and respect.”
  • A bicyclist must obey all traffic controls and signals.
  • A bicyclist who is not traveling at the same speed as other traffic must ride in a designated bike lane when possible.
  • Every bicycle must be equipped with brakes which allow the rider to stop within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.
  • A bicyclist may leave the right-most portion of the road in the following situations: When passing another vehicle moving in the same direction; when preparing for a left turn; when attempting to avoid any obstacle or danger in front of them.
  • A bicyclist operating on a one-way street with two or more traffic lanes may ride as close to the left-hand edge of the roadway as practicable.

What To Do If You’ve Been in a Bicycle Accident

  • Seek medical attention. This is always the number one priority, even if the injuries seem minor. The very fact you received medical attention can serve as crucial evidence in your case. Keep your own records, such as pictures and doctor’s reports.
  • Wait for the police to arrive. Never leave the scene of an accident before the police arrive unless it is for medical attention. You need to be involved in telling the police your story, reporting all injuries to them no matter how minor.
  • Don’t admit fault. It is easy in the rush of adrenaline and shock to assume responsibility. Admitting fault can prove a costly mistake and can often be incorrect anyway. Facts are later revealed that you missed.
  • Collect your own evidence. This means, taking your own photos, documenting witness reports and their details. Evidence can quickly get lost or go missing in police reports.
  • Obtain Driver Information. If possible, get the details of the other driver or ask someone else to do so for you.
  • Preserve evidence. Evidence can quickly go missing. Do not attempt to fix your bike or use it again after the accident. Keep your bike, clothing and helmet safe and unwashed. It is crucial evidence.
  • Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer. The faster you act, the better chance you have of a successful case. The moment the insurance companies and other party’s attorneys are notified, they’re working against you. It’s essential to contact a Personal Injury Attorney before an Insurance company, who will only be looking to catch you out.

Why should you hire a Bicycle Accident Personal Injury Attorney?

The majority of bike and auto accident collisions can be complicated affairs. With a plethora of legal matters to understand and daunting insurance companies to battle, a Bicycle Accident Lawyer can remove the pressure placed on you when you’ll need to focus on recovering, returning to work and spending time with your family. You won’t receive any stressful phone calls from the insurance companies, and you can relax knowing that you’re in safe hands.

We know the damages you’ve suffered but you may have missed lost wages, psychological distress, past and future medical costs, diminished ability to perform activities of daily living, and more are all often overlooked. We strive to explore all avenues of recourse for you in your claim.

  • We ensure evidence is preserved correctly. The evidence tends to be lost in a matter of days or even hours; we will work to make sure it is secured.
  • We know which evidence will support your case. Under Florida law this is crucial, as recovering compensation is only possible if it is established that another person’s legal negligence caused the accident.
  • Insurance companies will exploit the stress you’re going through and your lack of knowledge, often pushing you into admitting a mistake. Our experience tackles this so we can get you the best results.
  • An attorney can get to work straight away, without the huge mental distractions you’ll likely have following the incident. Acting soon will give you the upper hand.
  • Vastly greater compensation results can come from the work of an auto accident lawyer, than an individual claim.
  • We’ll be your advocate throughout the entire process and effectively handle all the legal work and procedures for the optimal outcome.

Testimonials

Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
Thank You Sean McQuaid, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for being so professional and personal. It felt like I was going to talk to a family member. You have a Top Notch Firm. My everyone be BLESSED.
Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not disappoint.read more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17
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