What Are Your Rights after a Bicycle Accident?

Hurt in a Bicycle Crash? You Need John Bales Attorneys.

Know your bicycle accident rights?
You have probably heard the phrase “share the road,” but even when bike lanes are available, this rule is not always followed. At John Bales Attorneys, our bicycle accident lawyers know Florida’s traffic laws, and we want to protect the safety of cyclists and motorists alike.

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, we are here to answer your questions and address your concerns. Our legal staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—call (800) 225-5564 or complete a free initial consultation form today.

Florida Traffic Laws

Florida’s bicycle traffic laws, officially called the Uniform Traffic Control Law, state that:

  • A bicycle is considered a vehicle.
    Florida legally defines a bicycle as a vehicle and the bicyclist as a driver when on a street or highway. A cyclist has all the rights to the roadway that a driver does, except where certain rules for bicycles apply.
  • Riding on the sidewalk is treated differently than on the road.
    While a cyclist on the road has the rights of a driver, the same cyclist has the rights of a pedestrian while riding on a sidewalk. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians on the sidewalk and follow pedestrian signals at intersections.
  • Bicyclists must obey traffic signals.
    Because a bicyclist is considered a driver on Florida’s streets and highways, he or she must abide by all traffic signs and signals, such as traffic lights, stop signs, and street markings.
  • Bicyclists may use marked left turn lanes on Florida roads.
    The law allows a bicyclist to move into a left turn lane at an intersection before making a turn.

Traffic laws such as these may protect your rights if you are injured in a bicycle accident. An experienced bicycle accident lawyer from John Bales Attorneys can help uphold your rights and the law.

We Can Help

After a bicycle accident, you may be facing medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. John Bales Attorneys can help. We will assist you with the paperwork and legal deadlines as we build a strong claim on your behalf. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.