Cyclists are permitted to travel in the middle of a lane if it is too narrow to accommodate both the cyclist and a motor vehicle or if they need to avoid an obstruction or danger, so determining fault is complex. Florida law requires a minimum distance of three feet between a bicycle and passing vehicle. It is negligent to overtake cyclists at high speeds or close distances, even if there is no physical contact.
At Harry Rosen Law in South Florida, we are currently handling a seriously injured cyclist who was riding his bike on the sidewalk and while riding across the street in a pedestrian walkway was hit by a municipal truck. Although a bicyclist is generally required to ride on the road with traffic there are exceptions that will permit a cyclist to ride on the sidewalk.
What To Do After a Bike Accident
Numerous motorists and law enforcement officers are unfamiliar with bike laws. After a cycling accident, it is important to avoid speaking with representatives of the driver's insurance company because they will use any statement against you or try to settle for an inadequate amount. Contact a bike accident lawyer like Harry Rosen, collect all evidence, file a police report with the driver's information and avoid negotiating with insurance companies. Cyclists do not always realize the extent of their injuries, so it's wise to file a police report and receive medical treatment immediately.
The attorneys at the law firm of Harry Rosen represent victims of bike accidents. Our attorneys will assess your case and help you receive compensation for your injuries and suffering. We strive to make the roads safer for bicyclists and remove the barriers of the road. Call Harry Rosen at (954) 640-0259. Our law firm services Weston, Sunrise, Plantation, Hallandale Beach, Dania Beach, … and all of South Florida.