Palm Beach Bike Accident Lawyer
he team of highly accomplished and dedicated bike law professionals at our Palm Beach bike accident law firm understands what you and your family are going through.
You have questions about how much your claim is worth and how long it’ll take to get a fair settlement.
Our experienced bike law professionals will give you straight, simple answers to all your questions, including medical payment coverage, personal injuries, property damage, and lost income.
We will assist you in completing the necessary paperwork and guide you every step of the way through the legal and insurance claims processes. And we do so with compassion and understanding.
Why Should I Hire a Palm Beach County Bike Law Attorney?
Cyclists still make up only a small percentage of the population in South Florida, and this includes personal injury attorneys. That means there is one critical difference between a true dedicated Florida bike law attorney and a general personal injury attorney—their knowledge base.
That important, yet often overlooked, difference plays an enormous role in an injured cyclist’s experience with the legal process as well as his or her physical, emotional, and financial recovery.
For starters, the average personal injury attorney doesn’t know the difference between a Walmart bicycle and a high-end carbon fiber bike with disc brakes or why the loss of a cyclist’s prized DOGMA is so traumatizing. To the average personal injury attorney, it’s just a thing that money can replace. No big deal. They don’t know cyclists, or you, at all.
Similarly, they don’t have experience regularly dealing with the intricacies of Florida bike law, which is among the least understood areas of the law. Like many other types of law, the practice of bike law is constantly evolving and changing.
Those who don’t devote their practice to it simply can’t remain current with the latest developments nor be counted as among the top practitioners in the field.
In contrast to a general personal injury attorney, a dedicated bike law attorney understands the psyche of cyclists and possesses a deep understanding of the myriad complexities specific to the practice of Florida bike law in Palm Beach County.
Why Bill Bone Bike Law?
We’re cyclists in Palm Beach County, too.
Those who don’t ride may nevertheless have a grasp of bike law, but they lack the lived experiences of an actual Florida cyclist. It takes a cyclist to truly understand the nuances of riding in Palm Beach County. Only a fellow cyclist understands what it’s like riding in an urban area with its chaotic mix of cars, trucks, other cyclists, pets, and pedestrians. Only a cyclist knows how a ride can go from leisurely and pleasant to disastrous in a split second because someone swung open a car door without looking or decided to make a sudden left turn in front of you and not to mention the classic right hook!
Cyclists have a unique perspective of Palm Beach County streets. They are best served by an attorney who shares that perspective through lived experiences.
By far best attorneys. Start to finish they had my needs first (my health), ALL of the people work with Bill are nicest people I’ve met. It was always a pleasure to go to their office. If I ever had a question or wasn’t sure of anything they were even available after hours to call.
They know their stuff and are champions of the riding community. Mark Hassell was there to educate and guide me during the confusing process whenever I needed him. Bill Bone and his staff made the process of recovering my damages way less painful. I couldn’t have dealt with the stress of dealing with medical billing, insurers, and school, with nerve damage and head trauma without them.
I had a bad accident where a car hit me while cycling and contacted Mark and Bill after a fellow cyclist recommended them. Thank God I did.. their professionalism, knowledgeable assistance and service provided are second to none. I definitely recommend them 100%. Thank you for an outstanding job!
Real Bike Accident Verdicts & Settlements
Bill Bone Bike Law Six-Step Compensation Recovery Process
We’ll investigate the facts of your case. This includes a thorough examination of all relevant records such as medical and police reports as well as tracking down all applicable insurance.
After our investigation, we’ll make our determination regarding fault. Often, the issue of fault is vigorously contested. It’s our job to make the strongest possible case that will result in the best outcome for you in light of the facts of your case and applicable law.
It’s important to understand that Florida is a comparative negligence state. What this means is that even if you are deemed partially at fault for the accident you may still be entitled to recover damages. Don’t decide on your own that you’re not entitled to compensation and give up valuable rights. Always speak with a bike law attorney after any accident.
We’ll investigate all potential sources for recovery. Of course, this includes all applicable insurance. But there may be other sources of compensation. For example, if the other party was driving on behalf of his or her employer at the time of the crash, the employer may also be liable and represent a source of compensation for your damages. We’ll track down all possible sources.
Once the necessary investigations are completed, we then negotiate with all insurance companies and other parties involved in the case. We leverage our decades of experience with Florida bike law and injured cyclists in our negotiations to obtain the maximum recovery to which you are entitled under the law.
We’ll reach a full and fair settlement with the various parties, or we’ll proceed with the lawsuit in court.
Once the final amount of your recovery is settled, we’ll then negotiate with your health insurance company in the event it demands reimbursement following your settlement or jury award, if necessary.
The Importance of Contacting An Experienced Bike Law Attorney Immediately—The 14-Day Rule
Regardless of who’s at fault for your crash, it’s extremely important to contact an experienced Palm Beach County bike law attorney as soon as possible following your involvement in any type of bike crash or accident.
Florida is a “no-fault” state. This means that crash victims must turn to their own insurance company first to pay for their medical bills, lost earnings, and the costs incurred for replacement services, i.e., any service needed due to the loss of ability caused by the crash such as housekeeping. This is true regardless of which party or parties actually caused or are deemed at-fault for the crash.
In general, crash victims must receive initial medical treatment by an authorized healthcare provider within 14 days after the crash. Failure to comply with this strict deadline along with the many other technical rules and deadlines governing Florida’s no-fault insurance claims process may result in a substantial reduction of benefits (from up to $10,000 reduced to a maximum of $2,500) or even complete denial of benefits.
Under Florida’s no-fault insurance system, the following types of healthcare providers are authorized to furnish initial medical care and services for purposes of filing a valid claim:
- medical doctors
- doctors of osteopathic medicine
- and emergency medical personnel.
The myriad rules and requirements of Florida’s no-fault insurance system are incredibly complex and can be very confusing for crash victims. As a result, crash victims are often denied benefits simply because they didn’t know or understand the rules, deadlines, and technical requirements.
It’s essential to contact an experienced Palm Beach County bike law attorney as soon as possible after being involved in any type of bike crash or accident. Time is not on your side. If you miss the 14-day deadline, you may permanently forfeit your legal rights to valuable medical, wage, and expense benefits available under Florida’s no-fault insurance system.
Cities and Towns Served in Palm Beach County
Jupiter Inlet Colony
Palm Beach Gardens
Royal Palm Beach
Lake Clarke Shores
North Palm Beach
West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Shores
South Palm Beach
Bill Bone Bike Law serves all 39 incorporated municipalities within Palm Beach County (listed below) as well as all unincorporated areas within the County. If you’ve been involved in a bike crash or accident anywhere in Palm Beach County, we’ll handle your case.
Do I Have to Call My Insurance Company?
Florida is a “no-fault” state
Yes!Call your insurance company after any bike crash or accident, regardless of who’s at-fault.
Florida is a so-called “no-fault” state. This means that after a crash you’ll have to file a claim against your own insurance company, regardless of which party or parties are at fault.
You should also contact an experienced Palm Beach County bike law attorney immediately to help guide you through the no-fault claims process. It’s an extremely intricate system comprised of a maze of highly technical rules, deadlines, and procedures that’s difficult for victims to successfully navigate on their own. An experienced bike law attorney will eliminate the stress and take the guesswork out of dealing with the insurance company and ensure you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
Don’t Take on the Insurance Companies Alone
Our firm has been helping victims of cycling crashes and accidents like you in Palm Beach County for over 30 years. We know that being the victim of a crash can be devastating. Victims often sustain agonizing, potentially life-threatening and life-altering physical and emotional injuries; face the prospect of financial ruin, and experience a catastrophic disruption to their entire way of life.
Our team of bike accident professionals understands what you and your family are going through. You have questions about how much your claim is worth and how long it’ll take to get a fair settlement.
Our experienced Palm Beach County bike law professionals will give you straight, simple answers to all your questions, including medical payment coverage, personal injuries, property damage, and lost income, as well as assist you with completing necessary paperwork and guide you every step of the way through the legal and insurance claims processes.
Don’t try to take on insurance companies by yourself! To receive full and fair compensation for your injuries and property damage, you need an experienced Palm Beach County bike law attorney on your side.
The likelihood of you receiving full and fair compensation is comparatively low if you decide to take on the insurance companies by yourself. There is a maze of incredibly complex legal rules and insurance claims procedures in place that make it very difficult for you to obtain everything to which you are entitled on your own.
Don’t let the insurance companies decide what your claim is worth. And don’t let them bully you into giving up valuable rights or accepting less than what you are entitled to under the law.
Contact us today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to successfully take on the insurance companies for you.
Common Types of Crashes and Accidents Involving Cyclists
People generally use the term ‘accident’ for any event in which a person riding a bicycle is injured or property is damaged.
However, the Federal Highway Administration (“FHA”) uses two separate terms for such events: (1) accidents and (2) crashes. Although the two terms are used interchangeably by the general public and on this website, we want you to be aware that there is a technical difference between them.
The FHA explains that accident “implies heavy doses of chance, unknown causes, and the connotation that nothing can be done to prevent them.” In contrast, crashes are not random events and can be prevented. According to the FHA, “[t]hey fall into a pattern of reoccurring crash types and occur because the parties involved make mistakes.”
We handle all types of bicycle crash and accident cases. No case is too small or too big for Bill Bone Bike Law. We’ve seen it all—both as dedicated bike law professionals and avid cyclists.
The most common types of bicycle crashes and accidents involve the following scenarios:
You Can Trust Bill Bone Bike Law
We’re active within and committed to Florida’s cycling community
We at Bill Bone Bike Law share the cyclists perspective of the world. We’re cyclists, too. We understand the perils, challenges, frustrations, and exhilaration of the open road because we’re out there with you every day.
We ride the congested, narrow roads of A1A and see firsthand the shocking lack of civility from motorists and ignorance of the rules of the road. We know the adrenaline rush of a fast-paced group ride from The Cove or the feeling of a big tailwind. We experience saddle sores and stiff necks. But we also know about the simple joy of riding along and chatting with a buddy. Just like you.
Why choose Bill Bone Bike Law? Because we’re cyclists and we care about other cyclists. In fact, Bill Bone directly sponsors many important cycling events in the state of Florida. For example, the Bill Bone Pro-Am is a multi-location race series throughout Florida.
We’re passionate advocates for cyclists’ rights and actively promote public awareness and safety campaigns. And we’re also Palm Beach County’s top dedicated bike law professionals.