Despite the fact that bike riding is such a laid-back activity, bicycle accidents are alarmingly common, especially in Florida. According to a report in the Fort Myers News-Press, 120 people died in biking accidents in 2014, meaning that Florida’s numbers are more than double the national bike fatality rate. In fact, Florida is the most dangerous state for bicycle riders, partly because there are so many bikes and so many cars vying for room on the roads.
Speaking of roads: in Florida, it’s legal for bicycles to ride directly on our streets and highways. It’s also legal to text and drive and talk on a cell phone and drive, which means that lots of distracted drivers are not paying attention to the bikes that are trying to share their space. Although you can’t totally shield yourself from a bicycle accident, you can know your rights and respect certain safety precautions that can help keep you safe.
So what are the responsibilities and rights of the cyclist on the road in Florida? Read the full statute here, or check out our key points:
If you have been hit by a car when riding a bike, contact bicycle accident attorney Jeff Badgley at 407.781.0420 for a free consultation. Mr. Badgley will meet with you personally in his Orlando office to address your injuries and recommend a course of action.