Injured In A Bicycle Accident?
An experienced Jacksonville, FL bicycle accident attorney can help you pursue justice
In more than four decades of serving the Jacksonville, FL area, we've seen dozens of serious bicycle accidents. It makes sense: Florida is one of the most dangerous states in the country for cyclists. And when someone on a bicycle is involved in a crash with a car, the injuries sustained can be severe because cyclists don't have the same protection as someone in a passenger car.
As a bicyclist, you have every right to be on the road – but many motorists don't see it that way. They may fail to share the road appropriately, and when that happens, people out cycling can be hit by a car and get hurt. A bicycle accident lawyer can fight for their rights.
The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic holds motorists who don't share the road accountable. We've recovered many significant settlements and verdicts on behalf of bicycle accident victims, including $1.5 million for the parents of a boy who was killed by a drunk driver. These cases are personal to us, because we're cyclists, too. Attorneys Steve and Michael Pajcic ride their bikes to work nearly every day.
Our bicycle accident lawyers know how to get justice for victims
Most bicyclist injuries and fatalities are caused by negligence on the part of a driver. Motorists have a responsibility to share the road with vulnerable users such as cyclists, and when they do not, it's almost always the cyclist who is injured. What are common causes of bicycle crashes? Some of the car accidents involving cyclists we handle at Pajcic & Pajcic include:
- Turning in front of cyclists at intersections or driveways. These are often known as "left hook" and "right cross" accidents and frequently happen when the motorist turns right on red.
- Failing to search for bicyclists when backing up, parking, pulling out into the street or entering an intersection.
- Reckless driving such as exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions.
- Sideswipe collisions caused by passing cyclists too closely or overtaking another vehicle without seeing the cyclist.
- Doorings when drivers or passengers fail to look for cyclists before opening doors into the roadway.
Many motorists cause bicycle accidents because they are texting and driving or otherwise distracted. Because a bicycle is much smaller and makes much less noise than a car or truck, distracted drivers often fail to see cyclists until it is too late. Bicycles are also vulnerable to accidents caused by aggressive, exhausted and drunk drivers. Bicyclists can easily be knocked off a bike. If you've been hurt in any such accident, you need to contact us as soon as possible.