Cycling is a popular form of transport and exercise in Florida. Unfortunately, it can also be quite dangerous at times. Motorists pose one of the biggest danger to cyclists, as they often miss or ignore bicycles on the road. In some cases, they can even become frustrated or aggressive with cyclists. As a result, accidents do happen, resulting in injuries ranging from mild to fatal. If you or someone you know is a cyclist who has been hurt, one of our bicycle accident lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

What Rights Do Cyclists Have On Florida’s Roads?

Florida recognizes cyclists as having the same rights as any other road user. They are required to use dedicated bicycle lanes when these are available. Otherwise, they must travel as far to the right side of the road as possible. The law requires cyclists to be treated with the same courtesy as motorists, motorcyclists, or any other road users. In fact, as long as the bicycle is not motorizaed, bicyclists are considered often the same class of individuals as a pedestrian where motor vehicles must extend the highest degree of caution. Unfortunately, however, motorists don’t always comply with this requirement. Cyclists are often injured because of negligence on the part of motorists. In these cases, cyclists can claim damages from the guilty parties.

Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents

The most common cause of bicycle accidents is driver negligence. This negligence can take several different forms, the most common being:

  • Inattentive drivers
  • Failure to yield right of way to cyclists
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Dooring

The Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries

The injuries that result from bicycle accidents can be particularly severe, with traumatic head injuries being the most common. After a cyclist is hit, they are usually thrown off their bikes. Even with a helmet, the impact to the skull is often too much and serious injuries result. Aside from head injuries, bicycle accidents can also lead to:

  • Facial injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Punctured lungs
  • Abdominal injuries

Speak To a Bicycle Accident Lawyer

One of our bicycle accident attorneys can help you or your loved ones if you have experienced a cycling injury because of a motorist’s negligence.
Contact Sokoloff & Weinstein, P.A. and book a consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer today.