Bicycle Accidents

How to Protect Your Rights

In Florida, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the operators of other vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, and yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway. 

There is only one road and it is up to bicyclists and motorists to treat each other with care and respect. Strict adherence to the law is the foundation for this respect. 

TRAFFIC LAW HIGHLIGHTS

Bicycle Regulations (see Section 316.2065, F.S.)

  • A bicyclist must obey all traffic controls and signals.
  • A bicyclist must use a fixed, regular seat for riding.
  • No bicycle may be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped.
  • At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding.
  • Parents and guardians must not knowingly allow a child or minor ward to violate any provisions of this section.
  • Every bicycle must be equipped with a brake or brakes, which allow the rider to stop within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.

Bicycle accidents leave victims suffering with injuries

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Common Injuries Resulting from Florida Bicycle Accidents 

Common injuries from Florida bicycle accidents include broken bones, sprains, spinal trauma and traumatic brain injuries, even if the bicyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. 

Ultimately, if you or someone you love has been harmed in a Florida bicycle accident, it is likely that you are suffering. Call Lance P. Richard, P.A., an experienced Florida bicycle accident lawyer today to schedule a free initial consultation. 

Lance P. Richard, P.A. handles bicycle accidents in Martin County, Florida; St. Lucie County, Florida; Palm Beach County, Florida; Indian River County, Florida; Okeechobee County Florida, and the following cities: Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Wellington, Boynton Beach, Port. St. Lucie, Sewall's Point, Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, and Okeechobee.