Delray Beach, Florida Accident Attorneys
In 2016, there were 840 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States. As you might expect, when a crash occurs between motor vehicle and a bike, it’s the cyclist who is most likely to be injured.
A large percentage of crashes can be avoided if motorists and cyclists follow the rules of the road and watch out for each other.
An automobile crash is instantaneous and the consequences often result in a lifetime of physical, emotional and mental anguish for all parties involved. Having the appropriate automobile insurance coverage provides economic protection should you accidentally cause injury to others, but it can also protect you and your family if you involved in a motor vehicle accident in which the “at fault” party has little, or no insurance coverage. With Uninsured Motorist Coverage in place, your insurance company is legally obligated to pay the economic and non-economic damages to which you are entitled if the “at fault” owner/operator is uninsured or under insured.
There are numerous components to each and every motor vehicle accident and it is necessary to painstakingly recreate the sequence of events leading to each accident in order to appropriately mediate and/or prepare it for trial. At The Russo Firm, our resolve, resources and experience have enabled us to successfully litigate car and trucking accident cases on behalf of the injured victims or families of the deceased. The lawyers at The Russo Firm have also successfully litigated cases against insurance companies that have failed to pay their own insured’s claims properly.
The Russo Firm focuses its practice on catastrophic and traumatic injury cases. People with catastrophic injuries need a lengthy recovery time and long-term medical treatment. If you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, you may be unable to work again. You may require life-long care, medical equipment, and intensive physical and psychological therapy.
Our accident attorneys at The Russo Firm have handled over 10,000 accidents in the state of Florida and have extensive experience in helping those who have been seriously injured get the financial resources they need to cope with the significant cost of their injury. In addition to our legal services, The Russo Firm provides the injured and their families with a continuum of care that begins at the first consultation. We offer our clients access to resources, information, referrals to specialized medical treatment, and the details of support groups and other organizations dedicated to helping the seriously injured.
Our bilingual team ensures that you get the serious injury resources you need to cope with your new circumstances.
If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident or through the negligence of another, it is important you contact an attorney with experience and success in handling traumatic injury cases. The Russo Firm has successfully litigated countless catastrophic injury cases and has extensive experience with severe injuries.
Statutes of Limitations and other restrictions on your Personal Injury Lawsuit
All states impose a time limit on when you must file your personal injury claim. This is known as a “Statute of Limitations”. For example, in Florida, the injured person has four (4) years to file a lawsuit for injuries in automobile accidents and slip and fall premise liability accidents. However, if the incident or accident causes death, the injured person only has two (2) years to file a lawsuit.
There are further restrictions when a Florida governmental entity is involved. Many times, specific notices need to be filed at least six months before a lawsuit is filed, and the time period is three (3) years to file a lawsuit.
Additionally, the state of Florida and all state agencies, counties and cities can only be held liable for damages up to $200,000 for an individual person and $300,000 total for all injured parties in an accident or incident.
Punitive damages are limited to three times the compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater. If the conduct of the defendant was “motivated solely by unreasonable financial gain,” then the punitive damages will be capped at four times the compensatory damages or $2 million, whichever is greater. The only exception to this cap is when the defendant intended for the harm to occur to the injured person.
An employer can only be held liable for punitive damages for the conduct of an employee if the employer “actively and knowingly participated” in the conduct; “knowingly condoned, ratified, or consented” to the conduct; or “engaged in conduct that constituted gross negligence.
The most important thing is that you seek immediately legal advice after you have been involved in an auto accident. The Russo Firm provides a free confidential case consultation.
Contact Our Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyers For A Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury from a bicycle accident, call The Russo Firm at 844-847-8300 or contact us online to talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case. If you can’t travel to our office, we will come to you, or we can work by phone, fax, email or other methods of communication. Remember, you pay no fee unless we obtain compensation for you