North Miami Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents Cases

Walking and riding a bicycle or electric scooter from a bike shop are great ways to enjoy Miami’s sights, shops, and warm weather. Unfortunately, bicycle and pedestrian accidents occur often. These incidents can be some of the most dangerous traffic accidents because walkers and cyclists lack the protection of a vehicle to shield them from serious impact. 

If you sustain injuries after an accident with a negligent motorist as a pedestrian or cyclist, the Law Office of Dean M. Gettis in North Miami will help fight for your compensation. As a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, Dean M. Gettis has years of experience representing clients who sustain injuries due to crashes with motor vehicles. 

Miami Laws for Pedestrians and Bike Riders

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 1,400 bicyclist fatalities occurred between 2011 and 2020. The Governors Highway Safety Associate reported over 800 pedestrian deaths in Florida in 2021. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents can be deadly or result in serious injuries. 

Miami has explicit laws for pedestrians and cyclists to ensure public safety. For instance, pedestrians must adhere to traffic signs and remain on the sidewalk. If you walk in an area without traffic signs or lights, you have the right of way, so drivers must stop to allow you to cross the street safely. 

In Miami, cyclists should travel in designated bike lanes. If one isn’t available, it’s acceptable for bike riders to travel in a regular car lane as long as they remain on the right side of the road. Cyclists must also follow all road rules as drivers, with a few exceptions. 

Electric scooters are relatively new transportation options, but the city also has laws regulating those. For instance, scooter riders:

  • Must be at least 18 with a valid driver’s license or other official identification
  • Cannot share a scooter with another rider at the same time
  • Cannot exceed 15MPH on streets or 7MPH on sidewalks

If you adhere to all local pedestrian or bicycle laws yet are a victim of an accident, the responsibility for your injuries will likely fall on the negligent person who caused the incident. The bike manufacturer may be liable if your accident results from a faulty scooter or bike part. 

Examples of Driver Negligence

Most bike accidents occur due to vehicular collisions. Unfortunately, driver negligence takes many forms, making it difficult for bike riders to be safe on roads. Pedestrians crossing roads are also at risk of being struck by a car. 

Examples of driver negligence that cause bicycle and pedestrian accidents include:

  • Impaired driving: Drivers who drink or take drugs before getting behind the wheel cannot think critically or respond to dangers quickly. 
  • Reckless or aggravated driving: Aggressive drivers engage in dangerous actions like speeding and cutting other drivers off. This behavior puts everyone on the road at risk of a crash. 
  • Fast driving: Speeding reduces a driver’s reaction time and causes serious injuries to crash victims. 


Common Injuries to Pedestrians and Cyclists

Injuries from bicycle and pedestrian accidents can range from mild to severe. Even with a bike helmet and other riding protection, cyclists won’t have 100% protection. Walkers have none. 

Common injuries bike riders and walkers experience after an accident include:

If you have injuries from a pedestrian or bicycle accident, turn to the Law Office of Dean M. Gettis. Attorney Gettis has over 32 years of experience advocating for the rights of personal injury victims. Whether a negligent motorist or unsafe walking or biking environment caused the accidents, we will thoroughly investigate your claim, negotiate with liable parties, and seek fair compensation for your damages. 

Damages for Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents Miami

Even minor injuries from bicycle and pedestrian accidents can lead to expensive medical bills. However, severe injuries can lead to extensive medical and rehabilitative treatments. With the help of the Law Office of Dean M. Gettis, you could pursue damages from the negligent party responsible for your injuries, including:

  • Medical bills and other expenses like follow-up care, physical therapy, and ambulatory transportation
  • Lost wages and reduced earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

Turn to the Law Office of Dean M. Gettis

After bicycle and pedestrian accidents, you need a compassionate North Miami Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Lawyer you can trust to pursue fair compensation for damages. The Law Office of Dean M. Gettis in North Miami Beach, FL, fights for the rights of its clients in and out of the courtroom. Contact us today at (305) 893-8931 to request a complimentary consultation.