Florida’s bicycle riders and foot pedestrians are in danger. Every day, innocent people lose their lives on our highways, on our sidewalks, and in parking lots. Fatal bike and pedestrian accidents have become an epidemic in the Sunshine State, and the situation has only grown worse in recent years.
In fact, Florida ranks as the most dangerous state for pedestrians in the entire country, with the highest Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) in the United States. All of the top four deadliest cities for pedestrians in the country are located in Florida (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami).
Per capita, bike and pedestrian accidents are a real problem in Southwest Florida, too. That’s due in part to the large tourist population in destinations like Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Naples, among others.
Sadly, these accidents typically cause extremely serious injuries. Too often, they are fatal. The force of impact with a heavy, high-speed automobile is overwhelming to the human body. Helmets and pedestrian safety gear are important and provide some limited protection, but there is little they can do in the face of a negligent motorist.
Indeed, most of the bike and pedestrian accidents in our state are caused by driver negligence. “Negligence” means that a driver is behaving unsafely, failing to yield, or otherwise breaking the law. The fact that most of these injuries and deaths are preventable makes them all the more tragic.
As Fort Myers pedestrian accident attorneys, we are determined to hold negligent drivers accountable for the devastation they cause. Often, that means pursuing financial compensation from those drivers and their insurance policies. Unfortunately, once the insurance companies are involved, it is very difficult for victims to get a fair shot at justice on their own. The insurers do everything they can to deprive victims of the full value of what they’re owed.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in one of these incidents, you can count on Viles & Beckman, LLC to fight back for you. Our mission is to make a meaningful difference in the outcome of every case we take on.
Bicycles Are Vehicles
Because bicyclists and pedestrians share many of the same safety concerns, people often talk about them together, and so we include them in the same discussion on this webpage. It is very important to note, though, that bicycles are considered vehicles under Florida law.
That means that a bicycle has the same right to use the roads as any motorist. Cyclists are entitled to the same safety, protection, and respect as any driver of any car.
Moreover, if someone else’s negligence is to blame, bicyclists are generally entitled to damages regardless of whether they were biking in the road, on a sidewalk, or in a bike lane.
At Viles & Beckman, LLC our Fort Myers bike accident lawyers are passionate advocates for cyclists’ rights in Florida, and we will fight to make sure that the appropriate legal standards are applied in every single bike accident case we accept.
Maximizing Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
While some bike and pedestrian accidents cause only minor injuries, most result in serious injuries. These commonly include:
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord damage
- Bone fractures
- Broken bones
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Lacerations and bruising
- Internal bleeding / organ damage
Our Fort Myers pedestrian accident attorneys are dedicated to maximizing the financial compensation for these injuries, drawing on our combined experience of more than 40 years in the law. Even if your injuries were more modest in scale, you may be entitled to much more than you realize.
Our job is to recover as much money for you as possible, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously.
Hit-and-Run Accidents Involving Pedestrians or Bicycles
Hit-and-run accidents are surprisingly common, and that is especially true where bicycles and pedestrians are involved. The drivers may realize that there has been serious damage and, in a panic, make the illegal decision to flee from the scene. In other instances, drivers hit and run because they are intoxicated, in possession of illegal substances, are undocumented, or are wanted for arrest.
Suffering injury at the hands of a hit-and-run driver is never an ideal situation. Fortunately, most of these drivers are ultimately caught. Even if they are not, though, there is still hope. Our Fort Myers bike accident lawyers and pedestrian accident attorneys are well experienced in investigating alternative avenues for compensation. Don’t give up until you’ve talked to us.
Wrongful Death in Bike and Pedestrian Accidents
Because the death rate is so high in these cases, we want grieving family members to know that they may be entitled to financial compensation, too. If your close relative’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be able to receive financial compensation for your suffering and financial losses related to the death.
We understand that the idea of litigation in the midst of grief can seem extremely undesirable. Unfortunately, Florida applies strict time limits to wrongful death claims, so waiting too long could permanently prohibit you from seeking justice.
That’s why our Fort Myers pedestrian accident attorneys do everything we can to assume the burden of litigation for you. We keep you informed and involved, but our goal is for the stress to stay on our shoulders — not yours. We want you and your family to take the time you need to grieve and heal. In the meantime, we’ll fight hard to recover the financial help you’re owed.
Take Your Next Steps with Our Fort Myers Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian or bicycle accident in Florida and someone else’s negligence might be to blame, Viles & Beckman, LLC can help.
We invite you to schedule a free case review with our office so that we can take a closer look at your claim and help you understand your rights. We proudly serve the communities of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Southwest Florida, and victims living anywhere else in the Sunshine State.
To schedule a free case review with an attorney in our office, please contact us online or call 800.648.4537 right away.