Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

With its warm weather and gorgeous scenery, Florida is a great place to get around on bike. Bicycling is a favorite form of exercise and family fun for all ages. Unfortunately, bicycling can cause devastating – even fatal – injuries to cyclists. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were over 6,600 bicycle accidents in 2019. Over 6,200 cyclists were injured in these crashes, while another 140 were killed.

Liability for Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers when they are on the road. They can ride their vehicle on the roadway, and must comply with all traffic signs and signals. Unfortunately, other drivers typically do not recognize the rights of cyclists and they do not watch for them in the same way they do other drivers. Cyclists that are injured by a negligent driver, such as one that is texting and driving, can hold the at-fault party liable for paying compensation that can help them recover from their injuries.

Tips for Bicycle Safety

It is crucial that cyclists follow certain bicycle safety tips to help prevent accidents that result in catastrophic injury:

  • Wear a helmet: Only children under the age of 16 are required to wear a bicycle helmet in Florida. It is crucial that all cyclists wear a helmet though, as they can minimize the risk of a traumatic brain injury.
  • Inspect your bike: You do not want to be found liable for a crash because you did not ensure your brakes were working, or find out too late that a piece of equipment on your bike is defective. Always inspect it before every ride to ensure it is in proper working condition.
  • Practice caution around other vehicles: It can be very dangerous for a cyclist that is around other vehicles. Remain particularly cautious when making turns and at intersections.
  • Lights: Equip your bike with a light at the front and reflectors on both wheels. Also wear bright clothing to make yourself more visible to drivers.
  • Hand signals: Always use proper hand signals and use a bell to warn pedestrians when you are approaching.
  • Make yourself seen: Always ride with traffic, not against it. Also make eye contact with other drivers so you know they have seen you.
  • Rules of the road: While you have the same rights as other drivers, you also have the same responsibilities as them, as well. Learn the rules of the road so you can abide by them.

Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you or a loved one were injured in a bicycle accident, call Aventis Law Firm for a free consultation. We will work with you to learn about the facts of your case and let you know how we may be able to help you get compensation for your injuries.