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.