BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

Road accident. Car and bicycle The Florida Motor Vehicle Code defines “bicycles” as “[e]very vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels.” Bicycling is a fun, economical, environmentally-friendly, and healthy mode of transportation.  However, cycling is not without risks.  Bicyclists are particularly vulnerable when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Bicycle accidents are a unique type of personal injury requiring unique legal expertise.  John Fagan possesses a wealth of such expertise.  If you or a loved one suffered personal injuries resulting from a bicycle accident, seek immediate medical attention.  Once you have sought treatment and are able to address the legal issues, please consult John Fagan of First Coast Accident Lawyers to discuss your potential case.

BRINGING A PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT:

NEGLIGENCE AND OTHER CLAIMS The primary claim or cause of action for personal injury lawsuits, including bicycle accidents, is Negligence.  Motorists and bicyclists have a legal obligation to one another when sharing the road: they must drive/ride in a safe and reasonable manner.  If either party fails to satisfy that obligation, he/she has breached a legal duty.  When that breach causes injury to another party, the injured party has sustained legal damage.  When these elements occur, a Negligence claim arises. Depending on the individual facts of your case, other causes of action may apply.  Pleading the appropriate causes of action, as well as suing the responsible parties (called “defendants”), impacts the amount of compensation you may recover.  For example, bicycle accident victims are often emotionally as well as physically injured.  If you suffered severe emotional distress due to the accident, Mr. Fagan would include the claim of Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress in your lawsuit. Jacksonville bicycle accident lawyer John Fagan will thoroughly and aggressively litigate your case to obtain the maximum compensation to which the law entitles you.

SAFETY TIPS

First Coast Accident Lawyers offer the following safety tips to bicyclists and motorists for safely sharing the road and avoiding the necessity of personal injury lawsuits:

BICYCLISTS

  • Know and follow Florida’s bicycle laws. The Department of Motor Vehicles is a reliable source.
  • Ride on the road, not the sidewalk.
  • Be alert – do not ride while intoxicated; do not wear earpieces or headphones when riding; do not text or use a cell phone when riding.
  • Keep a safe distance from motor vehicles.
  • Ensure your bicycle is in proper working condition, including lights.
  • Be visible – wear brightly-colored clothes during the day and reflective clothing at night.

MOTORISTS

  • Be aware of bicyclists – watch for them and be courteous.
  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and bicyclists.
  • Know and follow Florida’s bicycle laws. The Department of Motor Vehicles is a reliable source.
  • Stay alert while driving – do not text and drive; do not drive while intoxicated.

RETAINING A JACKSONVILLE BICYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

Mr. Fagan has been faithfully and successfully representing clients in various personal injury actions, including bicycle accidents, for 30 years.  If you suffered injuries resulting from a bicycle accident, your energy is best directed at healing and recovering.  Allow a seasoned and skilled Jacksonville bicycle accident lawyer such as Mr. Fagan to represent your legal interests and pursue the maximum compensation for your physical and emotional injuries. Please contact Jacksonville bicycle accident lawyer John Fagan at 1-855-Fagan-Law to confer with Mr. Fagan regarding your potential case.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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