Florida continues to rank high among states that experience a significantly high amount of bicycle related accidents, injuries and fatalities. Recent reports indicate that approximately two (2%) percent of automobile accidents occurring in Florida involved a bicyclist. Our Tampa Bicycle Injury and Accident Attorneys represent a significant amount of individuals who have been involved with an automobile and subsequently injured while enjoying a nice bike ride. Our attorneys have also represented bicyclist that have been injured as the result of other bicyclists.
Many people are unaware that Florida law provides certain requirements and provides restrictions upon all bicyclists while riding, whether its on the roadways or on trails. Section 316.2065, Florida Statutes, titled "Bicycle Regulations", sets forth those requirements and restrictions. We have listed just a few of the laws for quick reference:
- Any person operating a bicycle upon a one-way highway with two or more marked traffic lanes is permitted to ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of such roadway as practicable;
- Any person operating a bicycle shall keep at least one hand upon the handlebars: and
- Every bicycle in use between sunset and sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a lamp and reflector on the rear each exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear.
Before you take off for a bike ride or allow your loved one to do so, it would be beneficial to read the law concerning bicycles. Our lawyers handle cases involving bicycle accident victims who have been injured by the negligence of others throughout Florida, including Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee, Orange, Polk and Sarasota County. If you or a loved one have been injured while riding a bicycle, please contact us, your Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys.