Have you been riding your bicycle and got hit by a car or motorcycle? Who is responsible for the resulting damage and losses?   What if you were violating the bike laws and the car is also violating traffic laws?

The law requires that you ride in the bicycle lane or if there is no bike lane, as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway .   There are a few exceptions, including where reasonably necessary to avoid any condition or potential conflict, including, but not limited to, a fixed…

YES.   However, sidewalks are also typically shared with pedestrians, skate boarders, parents with baby strollers.  The bicyclist has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.     A bicyclist must yield the right of way to any pedestrian and give an audible signal before overtaking and passing the pedestrian-so use…

If you are over 16 years old, you do not.   If you are younger, you do have to wear a proper helmet.   Obviously, the safety decision of not wearing a helmet is an entirely different matter and the law does not suggest that it is safe to not wear one.   The helmet…

It depends upon a variety of circumstances, including the complexity of the accident, the complexity of your injuries, and who you’re dealing with, in terms of insurance companies. If your attorney and you are well-organized, that should speed up the process.

Yes, the law on whether you need to have lights on your bicycle can be found in Florida statute 316. Most bicycle shops are going to know what the law is. Your lights must be placed in a certain location. It must illuminate a certain distance and it must be used before sunrise and after…

Yes, for the most part, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents are treated almost identical. Bicycles have certain rules under Florida law that they must apply and use, so there are certain limitations that a bicyclist will face as opposed to a pedestrian in an accident case.

Yes. Under Florida Statute 316, those set forth additional rules and regulations for the bicyclist. In addition to that, the bicyclist is still subject to the laws of any automobile when on the road.

Yes, but the situation will depend on how you were injured, so if you jumped out of the way of a moving vehicle, and you jumped into a moving train and died, then the person that was driving the vehicle would be responsible for your injuries. Again, you would need to consult with an attorney…

Yes, you are allowed to ride your bicycle on the sidewalk, however, there are certain rules that apply with how you’re supposed to interact with pedestrians in terms of right of way and then, also avoiding them when they’re on their path of travel.

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