It’s shocking but true: fatality rates of Florida bicyclists age 20 and over have tripled since 1975. Further data from the National Highway Traffic Administration indicates that, of 783 cycling fatalities in 2017, 125 (16 percent) were Floridians. The tremendous loss of life highlights just a fraction of the issue. Many other thousands of cyclists were injured, with traumatic brain injuries, fractures, and internal injuries. Even when taking into consideration the large population of Florida, the number of bicycle fatalities and injuries is still extraordinary.
With so many cycling crashes, it is important to have a Florida bicycle attorney working for your best interests. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a bike accident, contact the team at the Law Firm of Kass & Moses today. With one simple phone call, you will speak with an experienced attorney who has represented hundreds of injured cyclists. You will learn more about your options under the law so that you will be empowered to make the best choices for your future.
Bicycle Accident Lawyers Serving Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, and Beyond
Many factors contribute to the large number of bicycle crashes in Florida. Some crashes are caused by a cyclist, such as when the cyclist fails to yield or rides while intoxicated. But many crashes are attributable to motorists who fail to obey the laws or are distracted when they drive. Even if you feel you may be partly to blame for your bicycle accident, it is important to contact a bicycle accident lawyer to help determine whether you are entitled to receive compensation.
Far too many crashes are avoidable. We encourage cyclists to ride defensively, and to wear a helmet and bright clothing in order to be noticeable on the roads. The majority of crashes occur between 6 pm and midnight, so use extra caution during these times. Remember to affix lights and reflectors to your bike to enhance visibility.
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Florida Bicycle Law
Requirements for legally riding a bicycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of Florida’s bicycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- Bicyclists are considered to have all the same rights and responsibilities of motorists.
- Helmets are required for all cyclists and passengers under 16 years old, and helmets must meet nationally approved standards.
- All bicycles must be equipped with a brake that will stop the bike within 25 feet of application, assuming a speed of 10 miles per hour on clean, flat, dry pavement.
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