Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Boynton Beach
In the State of Florida, a bike is considered to be a vehicle and a bike rider is considered a driver. Therefore, bicyclists must obey the same traffic laws as all other drivers on the road. Likewise, all other motorists must extend the same levels of care toward bicyclists that they do to other drivers.
It is imperative that motorists and bicyclists share the road in an effort to reduce the number of accidents that can occur between bikes and motor vehicles. However, motorists may not know or simply choose to ignore the fact that bicyclists have the same rights to the road as they do.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents
In many bike accidents, an inattentive or negligent motorist is at fault. Collisions between bikes and cars can occur when a driver turns in front of a bike, fails to yield the right of way, fails to stop at a red light or stop sign, pulls into traffic in front of a cyclist, and more.
The most common bike accidents are caused when a driver in a parked vehicle opens the car door in the path of an oncoming bicyclist, when a motorist swipes a bicyclist while passing and when a motorist strikes a bicyclist while turning right.
Bike riders should take precautions in order to protect themselves in the road. Be sure to always follow these precautions:
- Always wear a helmet
- Ride in the same direction as traffic
- Always yield to traffic before entering the road
- Obey all traffic signs and signals
- Signal turns and lane changes
- Ensure you are visible to crossing and turning traffic
- Use rear lights and headlights when riding at night
Accidents between negligent drivers and bicyclists can be serious or even fatal. Lawsuits to recover damages will involve many of the same issues as a car accident claim. It is up to you to prove that the motorist was negligent, that the negligence led to your accident and that the accident caused your injuries. An experienced accident lawyer from Wolf & Pravato can help.
In order to reduce the number of accidents, both cars and bikes must obey all traffic laws. Cars are larger and have more protection than bikes in the event of a crash, so the result can be devastating for a bicyclist. Bike accidents are becoming all too common in Florida.
The attorneys from Wolf & Pravato will work diligently in order to determine what caused your bike accident and who should be held liable. We will review all Florida laws pertaining to bicycle riders as well as road design, bicycle design or manufacturing flaws that may have contributed to or caused your accident.