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 this, our 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.