Gainesville Bicycle Accidents Attorney
Did you know bicycle accidents are a major cause of serious injury to adults and children?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1/2 million cyclists a year require medical treatments or hospitalization due to unexpected collisions. Unfortunately, taking the necessary precautions like wearing a helmet provides little protection when a rider is struck by a larger, heavier vehicle. Although drivers owe a special duty of care to those who share the road, bicyclists in Gainesville are often less visible than other motorists. As a result, fatalities and serious injuries have become all too common, especially around schools and downtown areas at night. Just because a driver was not charged at the scene does not mean they were in the right. If you or a loved one was a victim of an accident, you can benefit from having an injury lawyer work with you from the start.
At Schackow & Mercadante, our attorneys represent bicycle accidents caused by:
- Failure to Yield the Right of Way
- Driving Under the Influence
- Making an Illegal Turn
- Inattention or Distracted Driver
- Speeding or Reckless Driving
- Hazardous Road Conditions
Negotiating & Litigating | Insurance Settlements
Following an accident, it is not uncommon for the at-fault's insurance company to contact you in an attempt to settle quickly at a low figure. It is always best to avoid speaking with any adjuster unless you have legal counsel present. Discussing your case with others could severely limit the compensation you may be entitled to receive. In order to obtain fair restitution for medical bills, loss of current and future income, medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, rehabilitation, property damage, and pain and suffering your lawyer will accurately document and quantify the damages. This is necessary for negotiating with the insurance carriers or presenting your claim before a jury. Our trial law attorneys understand how catastrophic a collision can be and are committed to providing you with quality representation. To learn more, join our Online Chat or Click-to-Call for a free consultation.
DISCLAIMER: This website does not seek to nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. The content is provided "as is" and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter of personal injury or wrongful death. Victims should seek immediate legal counsel following any serious accident or injury.
The Law Offices of Schackow & Mercadante, P.A. proudly serve the Central / North Florida residents of Gainesville, Lake City, Palatka and Ocala.
— Casey King
In October of 2014 I was riding my motorcycle when a truck pulled out in front of me. After months of dealing with a lackluster attorney I was referred to Gerald (Gerry) Schackow at Schackow & Mercadante. I felt welcomed and was treated very well throughout the entire process. Gerry was able to close my settlement for a larger sum than I had expected and was able to do so in less than 5 weeks from the day I first contacted him. Dealing with insurance after an accident is not easy but the folks at Schackow & Mercadante will treat you well and explain your options in a clear and concise manner. Very appreciative of the professionalism and courtesy of this office and would recommend that anyone use their services.