West Palm Beach Bike Accidents
West Palm Beach is a popular area for bicyclists, who enjoy warm temperatures year-round as well as close proximity to the beach. Unfortunately, some local motorists, as well as many drivers traveling through the community, fail to take proper measures to keep bike riders safe. Bike accidents can result in some of the most serious injuries because victims have little to protect themselves, especially when they are confronted with the impact of a vehicle. The West Palm Beach bike accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston assist people injured by a careless motorist with taking legal action. Often, injuries sustained in a bike crash require prolonged medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other time-consuming efforts associated with recovery, as well as the expenses that accompany such measures. Making sure that victims receive the compensation that they are entitled to obtain from a liable party is our firm’s guiding objective. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a bike accident, contact our office today to find out more about your legal rights and options.Bike Accidents Cause Devastating Injuries
In February 2017, the Palm Beach Metropolitan Organization completed its Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Study, which found that urban areas were the location of the majority of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities. Additionally, the greatest number of fatal accidents occurred in areas without the proper bicycle infrastructure. Based on these findings, the City of West Palm Beach developed a Bicycle Master Plan to create a network of bike facilities that would include bike lanes on major streets, as well as off road trails, bicycle tracks, and bike boulevards throughout the area. The plan calls for a 100-mile network of bike lanes to be added to portions of Lake Avenue, Flagler Drive, and Cumberland Drive between Village Boulevard and Military Trail. These lanes are designed to protect bicyclists, especially in residential areas, where riders are more common. However, since the Bicycle Master Plan is not yet in effect, bicyclists still face dangerous roadways when enjoying a ride. Our bike accident attorneys have seen many West Palm Beach crashes in which riders have been seriously hurt.
Florida law does not require bicyclists over the age of 16 to wear helmets. As a result, bikers who decide to forego this safety measure are more likely to sustain a significant injury to their brain in the event of a crash. Other injuries that may be suffered in a bike accident include deep lacerations, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, ankle and foot sprains, and road rash. Often, a negligent driver is the reason that a bike collision occurs. Common causes of these accidents include:
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Parked drivers not checking for bicyclists before opening a door
- Defective bike parts
- Vehicles buzzing bicyclists while driving
“Buzzing” refers to when a vehicle unintentionally or intentionally passes a bike too closely while speeding. In Florida, the “three foot law” requires that motorists keep a safe distance of three feet in order to pass a bicycle or pedestrian. When a driver fails to adhere to this law or acts carelessly in another manner, they can be held responsible for the harm caused by a West Palm Beach bike accident attorney. Negligence is present when a driver breaches their duty to act with reasonable care, which is owed to all road users. Drivers who fail to share the road with bicyclists by not paying attention or speeding past them may be found negligent and held liable for damages such as medical costs, disability, loss of income, and pain and suffering.Get Assistance from a West Palm Beach Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while biking in West Palm Beach, the knowledgeable lawyers at Donaldson & Weston can help make sure that the appropriate parties are held accountable. Our firm is involved in all of the stages of our clients’ legal claims, from the initial investigation of the circumstances surrounding a crash until the proper resolution of a claim. Call our office today at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online to set up a no-cost, risk-free appointment to discuss your case with a bike accident lawyer in West Palm Beach.