The first step in protecting your rights when involved in a bicycle accident is to hire an experienced Florida Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The Stuart bike accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston, PA., have extensive experience handling personal injury claims and lawsuits on behalf of injured bicycle riders. In fact, attorney Dante Weston is an avid cyclist himself. You should know that bikes have the right to use most roads in Florida, and may ride their bicycles on sidewalks except within certain designated business districts. Bicyclists are expected to follow all of the Florida motor vehicle laws, as well as certain additional statutes regarding bike operation. Under most circumstances, cyclists are considered motorists when using a public road and pedestrians when traveling on a sidewalk or through a crosswalk. For example, many people believe that when a bike lane is available on a roadway, a person riding a bicycle must use it. In addition, many people believe that cyclists must roads only at crosswalks. While the former is partially true, people operating bikes are expected to leave the bike lane and travel into the lanes dedicated for vehicle traffic when making left turns are if it isn’t safe to remain in the bike lane. Regarding crosswalks, it has been determined through studies and crash data that crosswalks can be one of the most dangerous locations for a bicycle rider to cross and intersection due to vehicle operators not keeping a proper lookout when making turns.
Accidents involving collisions with vehicles, animal attacks, and defective products are common causes of bicycle injuries. The most frequent cause of a bicycle accident is a collision with a motor vehicle. Crashes with motor vehicles are sometimes caused by the negligence of the car or truck’s driver because they failed to see the bicycle rider or failed to account for the riders speed. In addition, traffic crash data shows that many vehicle vs bicycle accidents are caused by vehicle operators noticing the bicycle but not providing enough space or attempting to pass in an improper zone as to not be inconvenienced by the cyclists speed. Often, bicycle riders are severely injured when they are struck by motorists. Broken bones, head injuries, road rash, scarring, fractures, herniated discs in the neck and back, and even wrongful death can occur.
Under Florida Law, bicyclists who are stuck by a motor vehicle can use their PIP or no fault insurance under their automobile insurance policy. If the bicycle rider does not have insurance, they can utilize the motor vehicle’s no fault insurance.
As riders, who have spent tens of thousands of miles on the roads of Florida, our Stuart bike accident lawyers understand that it is important to overcome bias towards bicyclists, as many people do not ride bicycles themselves—or haven’t for many years.
It’s almost never a good idea to handle your bicycle accident claim or case yourself. If you feel you have a bike accident case, it is vital that you act immediately to protect your rights. Please call the experienced bicycle accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston, PA. We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation.