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Can I Sue the Government for a Bike Crash in Florida?

Bicycle accidents can occur at any time in Florida and often result in serious injuries. Yet in the immediate aftermath of a bicycle accident, it can be difficult to determine exactly who is to blame for your injuries. In some situations, there may even be multiple parties to blame. A Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can help you establish a clear chain of liability and hold all responsible parties accountable.

When a known road hazard causes a bicycle accident in Florida, the government entity that is responsible for maintaining that portion of the road may be liable for your injuries. In order for a government agency to be held responsible, however, they must have known of the road defect or hazard and failed to correct it.

Florida State, counties, and cities are liable for maintaining roads, bridges, and public paths. Potholes, negligent maintenance of a roadway or shoulder, dangerous drainage or grating, dangerous manhole covers, and dangerous ridges caused by roots from roadside trees can all be reasons a government entity could be held liable for your bike accident and subsequent injuries.

Suing the government entity that is responsible for maintaining that road or bike path is not an easy task. There are strict statutes of limitations for government entities and procedures that must be followed. As such, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you have been injured.

Your attorney will need to perform a thorough investigation of your accident to determine if a government entity was responsible for maintaining the road that led to your accident. If their negligence caused your accident, your lawyer can help to ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines for filing an injury claim.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at Kelley/Uustal for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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