Florida bicyclists have as much a right to the road as other drivers. Florida laws view bicycles as vehicles. Both bike riders and car drivers must follow the rules of the road. Even the smallest oversight in road rules can cause catastrophic accidents, particularly because bicycles do not have the same steel protection as cars do. At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we advocate for cycler safety across the state. Here we offer common bike riding practices in Panama City to help keep the roads safe.
Under Section 316.2065 of Florida’s bicycle laws, all riders must adhere to basic rules. The statutes articulate the following guidelines:
Bike riders and car drivers are responsible for sharing the road. Although the state considers bicycles vehicles like cars, there are certain stipulations cyclists must abide by.
Ways to share the road include:
How to signal and turn:
In order for bike riders to remain safe on the roads, it is important that other drivers see them. Florida Statute 316.2065(7) expresses certain lighting requirements for bicyclists.
These lighting guidelines must be obeyed between dusk and dawn:
We understand that even when you follow all the safety rules about sharing the road, others do not. This can lead to awful accidents. If you or a loved one suffered painful injuries because of another’s negligent driving or inattention, you may have grounds to seek compensation. Contact our Panama City bicycle accident attorneys for a free consultation today.