May is National Bike Month! This was established 60 years ago to encourage
individuals to ride their bikes. At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we encourage
this initiative. However, we also know that there are times when riding
a bike can be dangerous, especially when drivers on the road are negligent.
Bicyclists do not have the same safety precautions that vehicles have.
When a collision occurs, it can result in serious injuries. Because of
Florida bicycle accident lawyer feels that National Bike Month is the perfect time to provide bicyclists
with tips to keep them safe on the road.
Always Ride with Traffic
Because drivers may not always look both ways before pulling out of somewhere,
they may not notice bicyclists who are riding against traffic. This puts
the bicyclist in a vulnerable position. By riding with traffic, you remain
in the line of sight of drivers so they know where you are.
Know the Designated Bike Lanes
Bike lanes are marked by signs either on the sidewalk or marked on the
pavement. They are also a specific width to allow the bicyclist enough
room to ride safely. If you are not riding in the bike lane, you may leave
yourself susceptible to a collision. A bicyclist can also exit the bike
lane as long as they are doing so for a reason listed in the law.
Wear Your Helmet and Safety Gear
While a collision may not be preventable, you can wear the proper safety
gear to keep you as safe as possible in these situations. The helmet may
help prevent serious brain injuries if you are removed from your bike
as a result of the accident.
Pay Close Attention to Others On the Road
Even if you are riding with the flow of traffic, some drivers may not pay
attention or give bicyclists the respect they deserve. The bicyclist can
help by paying close attention to drivers on the road. Some drivers may
be distracted by their cell phones and start to swerve into the bike lane.
This momentary lack of attention can lead to serious damages.
The biking rules in Florida can be a bit complex. If you are unsure of
where to start, there are multiple websites dedicated to bicyclist safety.
If you are injured in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent or reckless
driver, you may be able to take action.
At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we put our clients first. We know what it takes
to help you navigate the complex legal system and guide you through negotiations
or trial. You shouldn’t have to deal with the pain and suffering
caused by someone else. Let us advocate for your rights and hold the negligent
party accountable for their actions.
Call us today to learn more.