Many people are choosing pedal power. It’s an eco-friendly mode of transport that’s sustaining our community’s ecosystems. And Florida, with its sunny climates, is ideal for the cyclist.
Unfortunately, with more bicycles on the road, bicycle accidents are increasing. In fact, Florida holds the record as leader in annual bike accident fatalities.
A cyclist can take all the necessary precautions and still not be safe from someone behind the wheel of a car. The cyclist is at risk for any of the hazards a car driver is without being surrounded by a big metal body. Cyclists have been cut off and thrown to the ground. They have been rear-ended. It’s not unusual for drivers to swing their doors open without looking and hitting a rider as they attempt to pedal by. Riders have been attacked, victims of road rage. Overall, Floridians riding bicycles are constantly falling victim to driver disregard and carelessness.
In the eyes of Florida law, someone riding a bicycle is as responsible for following the rules of the road as someone in a Subaru or Mountaineer. In the same vein, the cyclist is entitled to the same protections. Unfortunately, motorists tend to not feel that way. Many a rider has found themselves on the ground, in the hospital or worse because a motorist did not feel the need to yield or did not look to see where the rider was.
When struck down, a cyclist joins the ranks of any other person struck by a car. They find themselves bombarded with sudden and extensive medical expenses. They can lose wages if their injuries prevent them from working. Their lives and the lives of their families can be irreparably damaged. And despite the trauma and repercussions, drivers and insurance companies will put all their energy into minimizing accountability. This is why it is imperative for any rider victimized in an accident get legal representation right away.
If you or someone you know was involved in a bicycle accident in Florida, find out right away what your legal rights are. Set up an appointment for a free confidential consultation. An injury attorney who specializes in these matters can conduct a thorough investigation, determining who should be held responsible and how to go about making sure that happens.