Experienced Attorneys for Cyclists and Pedestrian Accident Victims in Central Florida
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Road Rash
- Nerve Damage
- Bone Fractures
- Emotional Trauma
- Spinal Injuries
Multiple Factors Contribute to Pedestrian and Cyclist Injuries and Death
Helpful Tips on Florida Laws Specific to Cyclists and Pedestrians
- If a bike lane exists on a road, a bicyclist must use the bike lane if going slower than other traffic speeds. If no bike lane exists, the bicyclist should stay close to the right except when passing another bicyclist or vehicle. Left turns are handled in various ways for cyclists under Florida law. Bicycles are entitled to use a left turn lane — but please check to make sure crossing to the turn lane is safe from oncoming traffic, and please signal the intent to turn.
- Cyclists cannot ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roads set aside for bicyclists. Bicyclists riding two abreast cannot impede traffic when going slower than the average speed of traffic. The number of people on a bike cannot exceed the number of seats on the bike.
- Some cities have local laws or ordinances concerning riding on sidewalks, especially in downtown areas. When there is a safe alternative to riding on a sidewalk, the bicyclist should choose the safe alternative. Sidewalks are not designed for the speed of bicycle riders. Bicyclists are required to yield to pedestrians and give an audible warning when approaching and encountering a pedestrian.
- Required bicycle equipment includes front- and backlights that must illuminate for all riding between sunset and sunrise. More than half of Florida’s bike fatalities occur at night. Bicyclists cannot wear headsets, headphones, or listening devices other than hearing aids. They must hear traffic sounds, including traffic horns and emergency vehicle sirens.
- Riders under the age of 16 are required to wear a properly fitted helmet. Helmets are also strongly recommended for adults. Helmets can prevent brain injuries that can cause a lifetime of devastating issues for the bicyclist and their family.
- Pedestrians need to be seen! Wear bright, reflective colors of clothing and at night, carry a flashlight.
- Refrain from texting or using your cell phone when walking. Distracted walking is a danger.
- Pedestrians should never enter a roadway by walking in between cars. Be mindful of yielding the right-of-way to traffic on the roadway.
Call 407-917-1718 to schedule a confidential legal consultation with Orlando and Central Florida Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorneys. Klausman Law will help you pursue every legal option to build the best case possible for maximum compensation.