West Palm Beach Bicycle Accident Attorneys
If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident, the attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. have the experience you need on your side. Collisions between bikes and cars often leave the cyclists with serious injuries, mounting medical expenses, and no way to pay for the damage to their property. We have helped injured cyclists in West Palm Beach get the fair compensation they deserve after an accident, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you.
Bicycle accidents can be devastating and traumatic for the cyclist. Injuries are often severe and require intense and long-term treatment. In the immediate aftermath of such incidents, most people are in no frame of mind to protect their rights and to make sure those who are responsible for the accident pay for the harm they caused. Such accidents do more than just break bones and leave scars; they can cause long-term or even permanent physical and psychological damage.
The West Palm Beach bicycle accident lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. understand the pain and financial strain surrounding such accidents and are committed to protecting your interests. With more than 35 years of experience defending those injured in bicycle and car accidents, our firm knows how to take care of our clients’ legal needs so they can focus on getting better. Don’t delay. Contact us today at (561) 689-8180, complete our email form, or use our live chat function on this page to learn more about how our firm can help you through this challenging time.
Why Do I Need An Attorney?
Following a bike accident, you may be forced to seek emergency medical treatment or may experience pain and discomfort in the days and weeks following the crash. The injuries that you have suffered may take a serious toll on your life, causing you to miss work, incur unexpected medical expenses, and endure pain and trauma that can last long after the incident. If the accident occurred through no fault of your own, you do not have to shoulder the burden placed on you by the party who caused the crash. Instead, an attorney may be able to help you pursue an injury claim to secure compensation for your bills and help you replace damaged or destroyed property. If you suffered serious pain or emotional anguish as a result of the collision, you may also be eligible to pursue compensation for your suffering as well. Don’t let a bike accident ruin your life. Instead, turn to a trusted bike accident attorney to get the justice that you deserve.
Why You Should Choose Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A.
When you decide to hire a lawyer for your bicycle accident case, you should be confident that lawyer is both passionate about your situation and knowledgeable and experienced in that area of law. Make sure that you choose a law firm that has experience handling bike accidents and has a proven track record of success for their clients. You shouldn’t trust your case with just any attorney. Select a firm that knows how to secure the compensation that you rightfully deserve after an accident.
At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., we pride ourselves on taking every case personally. We are dedicated to making sure every one of our clients gets our complete attention so that every client receives the results they deserve. To ensure those results, you need a lawyer with experience in and out of the courtroom. Our lawyers have decades of experience protecting the rights of people just like you. No matter what challenges your particular case brings with it, our lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to fight for you.
What to Do If You’ve Been in an Accident
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, there are certain steps you should take to protect yourself and your interests. Follow these steps immediately after the accident. In such situations, time is incredibly precious and can make all the difference.
Seek immediate medical attention
The most important thing after an accident is to seek medical attention for anyone who is injured. Even if you do not think your injuries are serious in the immediate aftermath of a crash, it is a good idea to visit a doctor just in case. Some injuries (including severe back and neck injuries) may not be readily apparent right after a collision but may develop over time in the days and weeks that follow. By visiting a doctor as soon as possible, you can get the treatment you need and make sure that your injuries are officially documented in case you need to file a claim at a later date.
If someone is injured, request an ambulance immediately. In any case, the police should also be called to the scene so that they can document what happened, issue tickets to those who may be at fault, interview witnesses, and assist you and others at the scene.
No matter how serious the accident appears to have been, you should get as much information as possible. Get the names, phone numbers, addresses, and insurance of all vehicles involved in the accident. Also try to get the names, numbers, and addresses of witnesses who can corroborate what happened.
Photographs can provide strong evidence to prove what happened and ensure you receive compensation. Take as many photos as possible from every different angle of the accident. It is also worthwhile to take photos of any injuries you suffered.
Do not admit any blame to anyone
Even if you suspect you may be at fault, do not admit blame to anyone. If you take any blame, you may be found responsible later. It is best to communicate as little as possible to others involved in the accident outside sharing your insurance and contact information.
File a police report and get a copy
When the police arrive, cooperate and make sure they file a report so you can ask for a copy. This can be one of the most important pieces of evidence to prove what happened in the case of your accident.
Hire an attorney
If you have suffered serious injuries in a bike accident, you should contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer that you can trust. You may find it difficult to pay your medical expenses after an accident, especially if your injuries prevent you from working. You may experience further financial difficulties when it comes to paying bills and supporting yourself and your family. A bike accident lawyer can help you understand your legal options and can help you file an injury claim if the accident was caused by the negligent actions of another party or parties. It is important to note that you do not have to simply accept the consequences that come with an accident of this magnitude. The law provides recourse for those who have been hurt in an accident that was someone else’s fault, and you are well within your rights to pursue fair compensation if you’ve been injured.
The Risks of Bicycling
Riding a bicycle exposes individuals to some inherent risks. Unlike other vehicles, there is no protection, which means every accident, no matter how small, has the potential to be dangerous.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two percent of all deaths related to vehicular accidents are cyclists. They also account for two percent of all vehicular related injuries. These numbers are particularly disturbing since people riding bicycles account for only about one percent of all traffic. With the increasing popularity of bicycling as a mode of transportation across the country, these numbers may yet get worse.
There are things bicyclists can do to lower their risk. For instance, avoiding biking at particular times can help reduce the chance of an accident. 20% of all bike accidents occur during evening rush hours, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Simply using common sense also helps to protect bikers. More than 20% of those bikers injured or killed in accidents had a blood-alcohol level above .08. The NHTSA also suggests the more drivers and bicyclists follow the rules of the road; the fewer accidents will occur.
Contact Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. Today
If you have been hurt in a bike accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of a motorist or other party, you should not have to shoulder the burden of recovery alone. The attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. have helped injured cyclists in West Palm Beach get the compensation they are owed after a crash, and we are ready to get to work on your case immediately. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s recklessness, and as a cyclist, your right to share the road should be respected. If you are hurt, help is available. Contact an experienced bike accident attorney at (561) 689-8180, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live to schedule a consultation now.