In the State of Florida, a bicyclist is considered a driver of a motor vehicle. When involving bicycles, accidents can be very severe and have numerous financial, physical and legal consequences.
Not only do bikers have to be aware of standard traffic laws, but there are also specific bicycle laws they should be aware of:
- Stop for red lights and stop signs.
- Ride with the flow of traffic.
- Use lights when riding at night.
- Yield to the right of way when entering a road and also yield to pedestrians.
Bicyclists have to be aware of their surroundings at all times. They should have up-to-date biking equipment, follow the rules of the road, the rules of bicycling traffic as well as mind pedestrians.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a bike accident, understand what steps you need take following your accident.
While at the scene of the accident, make sure to…
- Get off the road. Find somewhere safe and out of the way of traffic.
- Call the police. Even if you aren’t sure if your accident is an emergency, always call 911. The police will need to make a report of the accident and determine which motor vehicle driver was at fault.
- Take photos of the scene and look for any possible witnesses. Take pictures of the surrounding environment, your damaged bicycle and anything else that could be of use. Also, photograph any witnesses with their permission.
If your injuries don’t allow you to do any of these things at the scene of the accident, then hiring an attorney is even more important.
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