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:
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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.