Knowledgeable Legal Team Defends Bicycle Accident Victims in Clermont, Tavares and Inverness
Tenacious support for injured cyclists throughout Central Florida
Traffic accidents are dangerous enough even when everyone involved benefits from the safety and protection of a passenger car. But when cars, trucks or other motor vehicles strike a bicycle, the results can be devastating. Throughout Central Florida, bicyclists enjoy riding in the rural areas with the hills and lakes. Additionally, Clermont is home to many Olympic cyclists and tri-athletes who participate in competitions throughout the county. Unfortunately, distracted or impatient drivers fail to recognize the rights of bicyclists and as a result, collisions with cyclists are increasing. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident in Central Florida, contact the seasoned attorneys at Largey Law today to begin building your case.
How common are bicycle accident injuries?
Bicycle injury statistics tend to fluctuate from year to year, but the numbers we see published do not paint the whole picture. According to research into hospital records, possibly as few as 10 percent of bicycle accidents are recorded by the authorities.
But even the numbers we have portray a sobering picture. In a recent calendar year, National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration statistics show:
- 677 bicyclist fatalities
- 38,000 bicyclist injuries
What are the bicycle helmet laws and other regulations in Florida?
Not every injury leads to a personal injury settlement or case. As our reputable attorneys can explain during your free initial consultation, any successful injury claim requires proof that negligence occurred. In many cases, that negligence stems from violation or ignorance of certain traffic laws. These laws are sometimes ignored by either the motorist or the cyclist.
For example, according to Section 316.2065, F.S.:
- Cyclists must obey all traffic signals and controls.
- Bicycles must have brakes that allow stopping within 25 feet when traveling at 10 miles per hour on a dry, level, clean road.
- Bicycles can only carry the number of people they are designed to carry.
- Cyclists must signal turns and use the bike lane or right-most position of the road in most situations.
- Cyclists may not wear headsets, headphones or other listening devices while riding.
Motorists also need to know the law. They must give cyclists who are lawfully using the roadways the same rights and considerations as they do other motorists, or they risk legal liability should an accident result.
Contact our skilled attorneys in the wake of a bicycle accident in Tavares, Clermont or Inverness
Bicycle accidents can lead to serious injuries and long, expensive recoveries. If you or a family member has been hurt in a Central Florida cycling accident, contact the lawyers at Largey Law today. You can reach us at 352.508.1485 or online, and we can arrange a free consultation around your unique schedule. Se habla español.