Florida is said to be the most dangerous state for bicyclists. According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV), 160 people were killed in Florida bicycle crashes in 2018, and 6,183 were injured. Dangerous behavior by motorist certainly plays a role, but so do dangerous bike paths. When a poorly designed, constructed or maintain bike path causes or contributes to your bicycle accident, an experienced Florida bicycle accident attorney can help you hold the city or county liable, so that you can recover the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Defective Roadway Claims
When a roadway defect, such as a dangerous bike path, causes or contributes to your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation from the government entity responsible for the design, construction and/or maintenance of that roadway. This includes dangerous roadway design as well as other defects like potholes. When suing a government entity, you must follow very strict rules which are not the same as for regular personal injury lawsuits.
If the defect was on private property, such as in a parking lot, you may have a premises liability claim against the property or business owner. Property and business owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment for customers, employees and other visitors.
Whether you crash occurred on a public roadway or private property, there may also be an at-fault driver who shares a portion of the liability. Accident cases involving dangerous bike paths are complex and require the help of a highly skilled bicycle accident attorney.
A History of Bicycle Accidents
Did your bicycle accident happen in a high crash location? A history of crashes in a specific location can often be used as evidence of a defect and of the city or county’s failure to correct a known danger.
If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle crash in the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area and believe that a dangerous bike path contributed to your accident, talk to the Law Offices of Lee P. Marks, P.A., right away. Call at 305-444-3343 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help.