In the State of Florida, a bike is defined as a vehicle and a bike rider is defined as a driver. 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 cars. However, motorists may not know or 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, a negligent or inattentive driver 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, etc. The most common bike accidents are caused when a motorist in a parked car opens the car door in the path of an oncoming bicyclist, when a motorist brushes a bicyclist while passing and when a motorist strikes a bicyclist while turning right.
Bicyclists should take precautions in order to protect themselves in the road.
- Wear a helmet
- Ride in the same direction as traffic
- Yield to traffic before entering the road
- Obey all traffic signs and signals
- Signal turns and lane changes
- Make sure you are visible to crossing and turning traffic
- Use headlights and rear lights when riding at night
Accidents between negligent drivers and bicyclists can be serious or even fatal. Lawsuits to recover damages involve many of the same issues of a car accident claim. You will need to prove that the motorist was negligent, that the negligence led to your accident and that the accident caused your injuries.
Wolf and Pravato Experienced Accident Lawyer
In order to remain safe on the road, both cars and bikes need to obey all traffic laws. Cars have more protection than bikes in the event of a crash. Bicycle accidents are becoming common in Florida. The attorneys from Wolf & Pravato will work diligently in order to determine what caused your bike accident. We will look into the Florida laws pertaining to bicycle riders as well as roadway design, bike design or manufacturing issues that may have contributed to or caused your accident.
Accidents between bikes and cars can result in complex legal issues, particularly if the accident is a hit and run. An attorney from Wolf & Pravato can offer legal advice, negotiate with insurance companies and represent you in your personal injury claim.
If you were injured in Boynton Beach visit our bicycle accident page or call the personal injury attorneys at Wolf & Pravato at 1-954-633-8270 Justice is not automatic; we will fight for you.