One of the rising modes of environmentally friendly transportation is cycling.
Central Florida roads, however, are not known to be bicycle friendly. When crashes occur it can be catastrophic for the cyclist. Cyclists have every right to the road as a car, but other drivers can be distracted, inattentive, or simply negligent to the rules of the road.
The lawyers of Martinez Law expertly serve the Greater Tampa Bay area and are determined to fight on your behalf if you’ve been injured in a bicycling accident. We believe the roads should be safe for everyone .
It is extremely important for riders to know the laws of the road, to avoid bicycle accidents. Under Florida Law, bicycles are treated as vehicles and riders as other “drivers.” Cyclists must follow the same traffic rules common to all drivers. A bicyclist riding on a sidewalk or crosswalk has the same duties and responsibilities as a pedestrian.
Every bicycle must be equipped with brakes and lighting equipment that make the bike visible from 500 feet away. Any rider or passenger younger than 16 years-old must also wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted, securely fastened, and meets national consumer safety standards. Not only are these the laws, but they will help protect you in the event of an accident.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, the legal team at Martinez Law has the expertise and knowledge to protect your rights.
At-fault drivers may be liable in damages for any injury proximately caused by their negligence. Not all bicycle accidents are caused by the negligence of another driver. Poor quality bike lanes, potholes, or general poor road conditions can all lead to accidents.
Bicycle crash cases can be complex and require an experienced personal injury attorney that specializes in bicycle accidents. If you or someone you love have been injured in a bicycling accident, call Martinez Law now for your free consultation. Our attorneys are aggressive, thorough, and experienced. We will fight to protect your rights in the event of a bicycle accident.