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Best Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Sarasota, FL

Unfortunately, bicycle accidents are incredibly common in Sarasota. With so much to see in Sarasota, drivers might fail to pay attention to their surroundings. Even one second is enough to be dangerous. A bicycle wreck can happen in an instant. We never really expect accidents to happen to us. However it’s always important to be as prepared as possible for dealing with an unexpected accident. f you are involved in a bicycle crash in Sarasota, and the driver is at fault, you need an experienced attorney.

At Dennis Hernandez & Associates in Sarasota, we can help you secure proper compensation. We’ll ensure you get resolution in the wake of your accident.

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There are no costs for an initial consultation and no hidden fees. If you’ve suffered a personal injury, don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 to schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced Sarasota accident attorney. Please contact us at (941) 210 0000.

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Injuries Caused by Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle injuries can be just as dangerous or fatal as those sustained in a car crash. However, the risks are even greater for cyclists since they have far less protection. There are no airbags on a bicycle. Most likely, a rider will only have a helmet to protect you. A helmet can only do so much against a speeding car. With nothing but a helmet to guard you, your body is vulnerable to greater risks.

The possible injuries that could result include:

  • Spinal damage
  • Paralysis
  • Brain damage
  • Coma
  • Broken limbs
  • Death

Perhaps you have been involved in a bicycle accident in Sarasota. Or, maybe you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. In either case, Dennis Hernandez & Associates in Sarasota can help you. We will make sure you receive proper recompense. No amount of money can bring back someone you loved after an accident. However, you could still benefit from a proper attorney. A settlement could help you pay expenses associated with the accident.

Common Causes

In a city like Sarasota, drivers can get distracted far too easily. Between the sights outside and the constant need to check phones, Sarasota drivers may take their eyes off the road for even a moment. This can cause catastrophic damage. With our past Sarasota clients who have been in cycling accidents, the bicycle dangers include:

  • Turning in front of a bicycle
  • Running a stop light or stop sign
  • Merging into a cyclist
  • Drunk driving
  • Not looking both ways at a stop
  • Failing to acknowledge and follow “right of way” for pedestrians

Sarasota drivers are not always the sole cause of an accident. Manufacturer defects are another aspect to consider. If one of these defects was the cause of your accident, you have a claim. If the defect was in the bike or your helmet, give us a call. Our experienced bicycle accident attorneys can help.

Assistance With Determining Damages

It may be impossible to discover the full extent of the damage at the scene. Your first priority should be your safety in the wake of an accident in Sarasota. You should seek medical assistance if needed. You will also need to collect the contact information of the others involved in the accident, and any witnesses. Take photographs of the bike, the other vehicles involved, and the scene.

Documentation is imperative to building your case with our help. With evidence we can defend your side in court and give you the compensation you need. We can help you determine what evidence will best represent your argument.

Why You Need a Bicycle Accident Attorney

It’s important to act fast after a bicycle accident. By calling immediately, our attorneys in Sarasota can help you secure the best possible settlement. We provide service on a no win, no fee basis. If you are looking for the maximum payout possible, our Sarasota lawyers can help.

Consult an Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyer

At Dennis Hernandez & Associates in Sarasota, we work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcomes for our clients. No matter how recent, or if you simply want to prepare for any possible bad situation, we can help. We will do all we can to help you recover from your cycling accident in Sarasota.

Give us a call today for a consultation or more information.

Checklist after a Personal Injury accrued

After calling law enforcement and ensuring that all parties involved in an accident are medically attended to, the next steps are critical to a successful personal injury case. For vehicular accidents, we recommend following these steps:

Document the scene:

  • Take as many photos as possible as soon as possible. If you don’t have a camera or smartphone handy, ask someone on the scene if you can use theirs.
  • Take photos of all of the vehicles involved from several angles.
  • Take photos of the area surrounding the accident, including the roadway, street signs and traffic signals, if applicable.
  • Take photos of any visible injuries you or any of your passengers may have sustained.
  • In addition to damage to vehicles, take photos of any property that was damaged in the accident.

Gather information:

  • Write down the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Ask the other driver if he or she owns the car or if it is owned by someone who is not at the scene.
  • Ask for the name of the insurance company that covers the other driver’s vehicle.
  • Ask the responding law enforcement officer how soon the accident report will be available to you and where you must go to get it.
  • Should the officer indicate that a report will not be written, ask for his or her name and badge number to be used as contact information.

Get contact details from witnesses:

  • Try to get contact information from all witnesses before they leave the scene. Do not ask witnesses for statements—your personal injury attorney will contact them if needed.
  • If there were no witnesses in close proximity to the accident, make note of any nearby businesses or homes and provide this information to your attorney.  

After the accident:

  • If you received any medical treatment, gather contact information for the hospital or emergency room where you were immediately treated, as well as from physicians and/or therapists who may have treated you in the days following the accident.
  • Retain all documents in a safe place. These may include:
    • The police accident report
    • Insurance policies and any communications from insurance companies
    • Medical bills from hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, testing facilities, etc.
    • Correspondence from the other driver or any witnesses
    • Receipt for repairs to property that was damaged as a result of the accident
    • Pay stubs or other proof of wages that were lost as a result of the accident

Claim Timeline

Each case is as unique as the individual who has been injured in an accident, but there are some steps that are typically taken. Your accident injury case may include these and other events:

Your recovery period: This initial stage starts at the moment you are injured and lasts until your doctor states that your condition cannot be further improved in a medical setting with care provided by medical professionals. This point is referred to as maximum medical improvement (MMI). When you are at this point, any health issues you have going forward are considered to be permanent.

Submission of documents: This is when information is submitted to your insurance company, including but not limited to your medical bills and proof of lost wages.

The negotiation period: An insurance adjuster reviews all of the submitted information, then makes a settlement offer. If your Sarasota personal injury lawyer determines that this offer is insufficient, a counter offer will be made.

Litigation: When an agreement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial. Keep in mind that the majority of personal injury cases are settled outside of court.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

Even though each case is unique, Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA strives to fully compensate every client for his or her injuries, lost wages and property damage.

Car Accident

$1,799,999

Litigant was in the middle car which was rear-ended and caused him to strike the vehicle in front of him.

Equestrian

$1,000,000

6-year-old fell out of carriage on a horse-and-carriage ride at a Hilton Hotel Property causing a broken leg.

Car Accident

$1,400,000

T-bone collision. Defendant contested liability stating he did not run red light. Three level neck fusion surgery.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

I'd like to thank Dennis Hernandez and Associates for the service they provided. This was my first time in a car accident and also my first experience hiring an attorney. I wasnt open to the idea at first but I finally decided to hire and attorney and I made the right choice to hire Dennis Hernandez. Thank again!
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident as the result of someone else’s negligence, we’re here to guide you through litigation and help you seek the compensation you deserve. A highly successful personal injury attorney in Tampa is exactly what you need. Don’t leave it up to the big insurance companies to decide how much your suffering is worth—let the experienced attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., help calculate a dollar amount that takes into consideration all the ways that an accident can impact your life, today and in the future.

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Since 1996, Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. has served the personal injury legal needs of the citizens of Tampa, Sarasota and surrounding areas. Whether your case involves an auto accident, motorcycle accident, nursing home abuse, wrongful death, or any of the practice areas in which we specialize, we will be with you every step of the way. As our client, we treat you as part of our family, and we work hard to ensure you have the best possible legal representation. Don’t leave your case up to chance, hire an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa to get the compensation you deserve.

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Florida is a no-fault state; contrary to popular belief, this does not mean that a driver won’t be held responsible for any personal injuries he or she may cause in an accident. It does mean that every operator of a motor vehicle must have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) to cover their own lost wages and medical bills incurred because of an accident resulting in non-permanent injuries caused by either of the involved parties. If, however, an uninsured driver caused the accident, the victim may be left to deal with his or her pain and suffering alone. The result can be thousands of dollars in medical bills, job loss, the costs of rehabilitation, unanticipated costs of future medical care, and much more. Our personal injury attorneys understand the potential long-term effects on your or your loved ones’ lives when you’ve been injured, and will work to ensure the guilty party pays for their negligent or reckless actions.

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We gladly travel throughout the state of Florida to meet with you and discuss the details of your case. There are no costs for an initial consultation and no hidden fees. If you’ve suffered a personal injury, don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 to schedule your free case evaluation. Please fill out the form [above, at right, wherever it is] or call our main office in Tampa at 813-250-0000.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

Even though each case is unique, Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA strives to fully compensate every client for his or her injuries, lost wages and property damage.

Car Accident

$1,799,999

Litigant was in the middle car which was rear-ended and caused him to strike the vehicle in front of him.

Equestrian

$1,000,000

6-year-old fell out of carriage on a horse-and-carriage ride at a Hilton Hotel Property causing a broken leg.

Car Accident

$1,400,000

T-bone collision. Defendant contested liability stating he did not run red light. Three level neck fusion surgery.

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

I'd like to thank Dennis Hernandez and Associates for the service they provided. This was my first time in a car accident and also my first experience hiring an attorney. I wasnt open to the idea at first but I finally decided to hire and attorney and I made the right choice to hire Dennis Hernandez. Thank again!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 / 5 stars
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