Fort Myers Bicycle Accident Lawyers
In the State of Florida, a bicycle is considered to be a vehicle and its rider is considered a driver. This means that bicyclists must abide by the same rules of the road as motorists, and that motorists must extend the same levels of care toward bike rider that they would other drivers.
It is crucial that motorists and bicyclists share the road in an effort to reduce the number of accidents that can occur between bikes and cars. However, many motorists may not know or just choose to ignore the fact that bicyclists have the same rights to the road as they do.
Common Causes of Bicycle 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. It is important to always:
- Wear a helmet
- Ride in the same direction as traffic
- Signal all turns and lane changes
- Yield to traffic before entering the road
- Obey all traffic signs and signals
- Use headlights and rear lights when riding at night
- Make sure you are visible to crossing and turning traffic
Accidents between negligent motorists and bicyclists can be catastrophic or even fatal. Lawsuits to recover compensation for physical and financial damages will involve many of the same issues of a car accident claim.
As in any personal injury claim, the victim has the burden of proving that the motorist was negligent, that the negligence led to the accident and that the accident caused the injuries. An experienced lawyer from Wolf & Pravato can help you prove negligence on the part of the driver and will fight to get the compensation you deserve.
Bike Accident Attorney
In order to remain safe on the road, both car drivers and bike riders must obey all traffic laws. Motor vehicles are larger and offer their drivers more protection than bikes in the event of a crash. Bicycle accidents are becoming too common in Florida. Wolf & Pravato will work diligently in order to determine what caused your bike accident and identify any and all liable parties. We will look into the Florida laws pertaining to bike riders as well as roadway design flaws, bike design defects or manufacturing issues that may have contributed to or directly 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.
Contact the Fort Myers personal injury attorneys at Wolf & Pravato at 1-954-633-8270