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Lakeland Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Did you or a family member sustain injuries in a bicycle accident in Lakeland, FL? You may be entitled to hold the at-fault party liable for your damages. An experienced Lakeland bicycle accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.

Our lawyers have been fighting for accident victims since the day we opened our doors back in 2001. Between us, we have over 119 years of experience handling complex personal injury law claims related to car accidents, pedestrian accidents in Lakeland, uber accidents, Lakeland truck accidents, and more.

You don’t have to pay anything out of pocket to get the legal representation you deserve. Just contact our law office in Lakeland, Florida to schedule a free consultation today at (863) 251-6196.

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in Lakeland

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in Lakeland

Our legal team at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers is committed to helping accident victims get back on their feet again. We know how difficult the insurance claims process can be. We also know that having an experienced Lakeland personal injury lawyer in your corner can lead to a higher settlement offer.

Our lawyers have a reputation for aggressively protecting our clients’ interests. We’ll do everything we can to recover the maximum compensation you deserve. 

When you trust our lawyers to represent you, we will:

  • Provide legal guidance at every stage of the process
  • Handle all paperwork and administrative work
  • Investigate to uncover the cause of your bicycle accident
  • Identify all responsible parties
  • Gather evidence and hire experts to build the strongest negligence case possible
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf

We’re here to level the playing field. If the insurance company refuses to offer an acceptable settlement, our Lakeland personal injury attorneys will fight for you at trial. To schedule your no-obligation case review, call our team today.

How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in Lakeland, FL?

Cycling is becoming more and more popular across the U.S. Unfortunately, more bicyclists on the roads means that bike accidents are also on the rise. In 2020, 891 bicyclists were killed across the United States (up 5% from 2019).

Unfortunately, studies show that Florida is one of the most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians and bicyclists. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), 6,404 bicycle accidents were reported statewide in 2021. 197 bicyclists were killed in fatal accidents that year. 

139 accidents involving bicycles were reported in Polk County in 2021. At least nine people were killed. Another 118 bicycle accidents have been reported across Polk County during the first ten months of 2022.

What Is My Lakeland Bicycle Accident Case Worth?

Our lawyers will have to review your case’s specific details before we can accurately estimate how much your case is worth. Every injury is different.

To put a dollar value on your personal injury claim, we must evaluate:

  • The types of injuries you sustained and whether you’ll suffer any permanent disability
  • The total value of your current and future economic losses
  • The cost of your medical treatment
  • The duration of your recovery
  • Whether you can work during recovery
  • Whether your future earnings will be impacted
  • Damage to your quality of life and lifestyle changes
  • Whether you contributed to the accident in any way

Many other factors can be important in calculating your case value. Our lawyers will work closely with your doctors and other specialists who can help assess the cost of your non-financial losses.

What Types of Damages Are Available To Bicycle Accident Victims?

Accident victims are entitled to seek compensation from the parties responsible for the crash. Damages are classified based on whether they compensate victims for economic damages or non-economic damages.

Depending on the facts of your case, the following types of compensation may be available:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages while you recover
  • Diminished future earning potential if you are permanently disabled
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement 
  • Scarring 
  • Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
  • Loss of consortium

The cost of treating an injury can be overwhelming. When the insurance company tries to downplay your case value, our lawyers are here to help you fight back. Just call Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free case review with an experienced Lakeland bicycle accident attorney.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Bicycle Accident in Florida?

Bicyclists can share blame for an accident. Florida follows a modified comparative fault law. You won’t lose your right to seek compensation unless you were 51% or more responsible for the accident.

However, if you were even slightly at fault, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. So, if you were 20% responsible, you’ll only take home 80% of your settlement or verdict. 

We’ll Fight To Recover Compensation for All of Your Bicycle Accident Injuries

Car accidents involving bicycles tend to cause extremely severe injuries. Wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle is important, but a helmet can’t protect you from all types of injuries.

Some of the most common types of bicycle accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Crushing injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Knee injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Burns
  • Road rash
  • Back injuries
  • Internal injuries and organ damage
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death of a loved one

These types of injuries can impact your life in dramatic ways. Even once you’ve recovered to the extent possible, you may experience chronic pain and need ongoing medical care. Our lawyers in Lakeland are here to help you get the fair compensation you deserve regardless of the injuries you’ve sustained. 

What Causes Most Bicycle Accidents in Lakeland, Florida?

Bicyclists are entitled to share the road with drivers. Unfortunately, many bike accidents happen because drivers fail to watch for bicyclists sharing the road.

Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include:

  • Distracted driving and texting while driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Vearing into the sidewalk, shoulder, or bike lane
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Failure to check blind spots before changing lanes
  • Speeding and aggressive driving
  • Lack of dedicated bike lanes, infrastructure, and protective barriers
  • Dangerous lane changes
  • Illegal or unsafe turns
  • Running red lights and stop signs
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Hazardous road conditions, including potholes and damaged pavement 
  • Faulty brakes, worn tires and other vehicle defects
  • Poor visibility and bad weather

It’s important to speak with an experienced lawyer if you were injured in a bicycle accident. Our lawyers at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers can help you identify all factors that played a role in your accident. That way, you can rest assured that all responsible parties are held accountable.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Bicycle Accident in Florida? 

Negligence is the legal basis for most personal injury cases. Victims of negligence are required to prove the following four elements:

  • The defendant owed you a legal duty of care
  • They breached the duty of care
  • The breach was the direct cause of the accident
  • You sustained damages

All people have a legal duty to exercise reasonable caution. When drivers are distracted, speed, or violate traffic laws, they breach that duty of care.

Our lawyers will work to locate evidence to prove your case, including:

  • Video surveillance footage
  • Dash cam footage
  • Eyewitnesses
  • Photos and data from the crash scene
  • Police reports and citations
  • Medical records
  • Cell phone records
  • Opinions from accident reconstruction specialists

A detailed investigation can take time–and you don’t have an unlimited amount of time to take legal action. To learn more about your legal rights after an accident, call our law firm in Lakeland to schedule a free initial consultation.

How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit After a Bicycle Accident in Florida?

The statute of limitations in most Florida personal injury cases is two years. In other words, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Historically, the statute of limitations was four years, but a March 2023 tort reform law reduced it to two. If you were in a bicycle accident on or before 3/23/2023, your claim will be governed by the old statute of limitations.

If you wait too long to take legal action, it’s also possible that critical evidence could be lost. That can ultimately weaken your case. Our attorneys are here to help today, so reach out to schedule your free consultation right away.

Contact a Lakeland Bicycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

You’re already struggling with serious injuries. You shouldn’t have to worry about insurance companies undervaluing your claim or blaming you for the accident. Get the legal representation you deserve by calling a Lakeland bicycle accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.

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Anthony David
Anthony David
Winters & Yonker are an extremely knowledgeable car accident attorneys in Tampa. Marc represented me injured in a car crash when I was coming off I-4. He is clearly the best in the field! The entire team at his firm is AMAZING!!!They helped through my whole process always keeping me up to date. They referenced me to the best doctors to assist in my recovery. I always felt comfortable with every part of it specially now in the pandemic time. The stuff is very friendly and always available for you. I specifically like to thank PRE-LITIGATION department. They were passionate, dedicated and professional. Marc worked very hard on my case and did fantastic job!!! I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. The results are outstanding. I highly recommend Marc and his entire Firm. You guys are AWESOME! Thank You to everyone at this firm!
Karla Rogers
Karla Rogers
Best lawyer ever! I had an accident gave them a call and like three months later, case Settled and full payout... Excellent service!
Lenette Montalvo
Lenette Montalvo
Christopher from Winter and Yonker was amazing. Very nice person to talk to, listen to what I had to say, and even gave his opinion when needed. From start to finish I felt very important and I was impressed by this law firm every one i spoke to made me feel safe and comfortableto. My accident has done a lot of damage to me, and knowing I had an attorney from Winters and Yonker on my side made me feel great. My compensation for my accident is amazing and it will help me in my life. Thank you very much I will definitely recommend this law firm.
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coleman vera
I went to Winter & Yonker Law Firm for my Tampa car accident case I was involved in. My case manager throughout the process and she took care of me from start to finish. The process was very seamless, I received the medical treatment that I needed immediately and at the very end, concluded with a very rewarding settlement. I've worked with a few law firms from prior accidents and none can compare to the service OR expertise I received from Mr. Yonker.👉 If you're seeking help for an injury related case, I would definitely recommend working with him and their amazing legal staff at Winter & Yonker Firm in Tampa. I will always use this firm for all my Personal Injury Claims! If you are l@@king for an Attorney to give you Top Notch legal help and the MOST money for your Pain & Suffering then take it from me I'm a paralegal and this firm continues to OUTSHINE them all!
Meredith Wilson
Meredith Wilson
This was my first personal injury experience. I wanted to choose a law office I could trust. A friend of mine recommended the law offices of Winters & Yonker, Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa. Through the entire process Attorney Marc Yonkers was helpful and communication was stellar. I never felt out the loop. I felt confident throughout entire process. Which this month (Sept. 2023) they were able to settle my accident case successfully and to my 100% satisfaction. I cannot recommend Winters & Yonker and or Marc any higher. In short they are firm, fair, aggressive, responsive, super smart and know the numerous ins and outs of Personal Injury cases (which can be quite complicated). Upon hiring them you get a law firm that will leave you confident that your case will be handled expertly and with your interests front and center.
Geneva Ramirez
Geneva Ramirez
Winters and Yonkers has been a legend of the Tampa Bay personal injury Attorney community for a long time. I was in a car accident recently with my husband, we suffered back and neck pains after two days and thought to get someone’s help. I found Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers through a google search and called them right up. The same day Mr. Winters contacted both of us, listened, and was compassionate to our situation. He helped us through the entire process including getting me seen by a Doctor so we could heal our injuries correctly, and we got our medical bills reduced! Bill Winters, my case manager, and the entire staff were very knowledgeable and exceptional at their work. We would like to express my sincere gratitude to them and recommend them without any hesitation to anybody who needs help, don't try and fight the at fault's insurance on your own. If you're injured and need someone to protect your rights you won't find a better Attorney than Bill Winters at Winters & Yonkers!-Geneva, Tampa FL#personalinjurylawyer #caraccidentlawyer #tampainjuryattorney
Shelley Torres
Shelley Torres
Bum Boi
Bum Boi
My wife and I are work in Mediation and Arbitration but know nothing about personal injury cases. When a young delivery Truck driver who was distracted by his phone hit us at full speed and rear-ended us as we were stopped in traffic on Wesley chapel. We knew we needed to hire the best lawyers with PI experience and expertise in the Tampa legal community that we could.From our first phone call with Bill Winters and then all the way through Trial preparation then Trial, we never felt any bad about our case because we knew Bill and the entire staff at Winters and Yonker would take care of us.Their dedication, innovation, motivation, reliability, unparalleled intellect, and exceptional skill as trial lawyers make them extraordinary individuals. My experience working with them was nothing short of exceptional. Experiencing a car accident is an ordeal that encompasses fear, trauma, and frustration. It's a life-changing event in anyone's life. There was no amount of money that could ever make me alright, because I would give any amount of cash to not have to go through the nightmare that the car accident was and continues to be.It took almost 2 years from the time of the car crash to go to trial, but ultimately the jury verdict that Bill Winters got for my family was worth fighting for. There were so many times over the course of the three years that we actively realized how amazing it was that we felt no anxiety or concerns or worries about our case, because Bill is truly outstanding!If you or anyone you know gets hurt in a car accident, call Winters and Yonkers RIGHT AWAY! And then rest assured that you, your family, or friends are being cared for by the ABSOLUTE BEST legal team in Tampa Bay. Thank you, Winters & Yonker!
Glenda Litimco
Glenda Litimco
Winters & Yonker law firm did excellent work with my injury case. Luckily, I was referred to Winters & Yonker from a good friend after I was injured in a car accident. I did some initial research about injury lawyers near me, but the reviews for this office really stood out to me in Tampa. I decided to call and after a single phone conversation, the choice was easy to make! Not only was everyone extremely professional, they made the entire process smooth and clear. I was at ease with each step of the way because they were always there to answer my questions and keep me informed of what was happening. All expectations were met and my settlement was exceeded. I got much more than I thought was even possible from the insurance company. I highly recommend the Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, and their team in Tampa to anyone in need of help after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. You'll be in good hands!
Dandrea Ikner
Dandrea Ikner
This is the best lawyer in town
Nicky Warner
Nicky Warner
Max was amazing! He kept me updated throughout the whole process and was extremely easy to talk with. He also explained everything so I can completely understand it. It was an amazing experience. Thank you, Max!
Erika Smith
Erika Smith
I had a great experience with them! They truly care about you!! Thank you so much🤗
Jonathan Clem
Jonathan Clem
I was injured in a car crash here in town. Since it was essentially a "he said she said" accident case the opposing insurance claimed it was a 50/50 fault. Even though it clearly could not have been my fault. However, Bill worked diligently to get me everything I was needed to get my life back. He worked to get me access to all the doctors I needed and medical treamtment for my neck and back. Plus, a large settlement amount. Bill even took the time to calm me down when I saw the initial amount and cost for seeing my medical bills piling up! He even managed to get them to reduce their bills significantly! Plus, I received as much as possible. Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa provided a great legal service. They were strait forward and honest about the approach, and communicated every aspect of the process. The firm took care of everything. I would 100% without a doubt recommend him if I knew someone that need a personal injury attorney. Given the circumstances of our introduction I hope I never have to, BUT Bill Winters will definitely be my first call if I'm ever injured again!
marie silvers
marie silvers
They are the Best! They care about you as a person!
jorden reagan
jorden reagan
Everyone on their staff is amazing! Chris and Sara won my case and helped me out with an accident that occurred a few months back. They made the entire process so easy! They called with case updates but not too often where it was constant phone calls. It was just enough to know what was going on the whole time without being bombarded. Thankful for Tayler on their staff who helped inform me on why Winters and Yonker was the best choice to go with!
Kimberly Rushton
Kimberly Rushton
Yes, I would highly recommend winners in Yonkers. I worked with Trevor and Trevor was the best. I recommend anyone that ever needs a lawyer to go to them. They are the best.
Pat Pawelkop
Pat Pawelkop
Highly recommend. Bill Winters and his staff took time to answer my questions, and handled my case in a timely and professional manner. I almost didn't contact a lawyer over my "small" injury case because I feared it would be so difficult and stressful. But he got me the settlement that my insurance company owed me, and I would never have been able to do that on my own. And with less stress that I anticipated. I'm glad I called them.
Amysway Barton
Amysway Barton
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Certified Soul
Certified Soul
Winters and Yonker is who you want to go to when you get in a car accident because they will take care of you and won’t let you get low balled on your settlement. I got in a car accident where my back and shoulder was injured and I was referred to a attorney named Trevor. I appreciate Trevor for handling my case and keeping me informed with all the information I needed.
Sean S
Sean S
One of the best law firms in Tampa. My family was involved in a serious car accident. We went to that other personal injury firm with the two M's they were trying to make us settle the case quickly and they we're not listening to us with the arrogant attitude that they were the experts and we were just ignorant. We promptly fired them and then hired Winters & yonker. Our settlement was 5 times higher than what the MM wanted to settle for.I would like to thank Winters and Yonkers entire staff for a wonderful experience. They were all very knowledgeable and walked us through the whole process. We really felt like they cared, unlike the other firm.
Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson
I’m giving Winters & Yonker a shout out. My mother fell in Winn Dixie afew months ago. Her first choice wasMorgan & Morgan; however, after theinterview with them they decided not to take the case. My perception was that it was not a big enough case for them. I knew that she deserved to be compensated for her injuries, and I had mad faith in Winters & Yonker from using them in the past. They not only took the case but settled it in record time. Thanks Winters and Yonker, and I like to send a special thank you to Christopher Smith, who was never to busy when I needed answers. I would recommend your law firm to anyone. I found you to be ethical, professional, and respectful to my family, but most of all you will fight for the little guy. Much love and respect. God bless you all and your families👏👏👏👏
Reuben Rodriques
Reuben Rodriques
Other said it couldn't be done called your law firm and immediately you got on it impressive shocking furthermore you showed integrity did what you had to do though you didn't have to do it and I was shockingly pleased thank you you surprised me had I to choose any other law firm I would not hesitate to call you or share my experience with my friends thank you once again from me and my family amen
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Hameed Owens
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