If you were hurt in a bicycle accident, call the Clearwater bicycle accident lawyers at Roman & Gaynor at (727) 787-2500 for a free consultation. We have over 65+ years of combined experience helping accident victims get the compensation they deserve.
Our firm’s founding lawyers, Attorney Mark Roman and Attorney Morgan Gaynor, are both avid cyclists and know first-hand the many dangers and risks bicyclists face when sharing the Florida roadways with motor vehicles.
Capable of bringing a unique level of insight into bicycle accident cases, our legal team draws from over six decades of combined experience to hold negligent drivers liable for the damages they cause victims.
By working with our firm, you can obtain the compensation you require and help increase awareness about the need for drivers to understand the importance of sharing the road.
What are the Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
Unfortunately, even the most seasoned and vigilant cyclists are susceptible to the negligence of drivers. In many cases, drivers fail to remain aware of their surroundings and cause bicycle accidents in parking lots, roadways and, most frequently, in intersections.
Below are common causes of bicycle accidents:
- Vehicles cut off cyclists
- Vehicles pull into traffic without looking
- Vehicles fail to yield at intersections (turning right on red)
- Vehicles run stop signs or red lights
- Cyclists are injured by road hazards and defective roadways
- Cyclists are hit by drunk drivers
- Cyclists are hit by distracted or texting drivers
By highlighting the fact that drivers fail to uphold their duty to share the road responsibly and take reasonable measure to ensure the safety of others, our Clearwater bicycle accident lawyers can recover the physical, emotional, and financial damages suffered by injured cyclists.
Put Our Cycling Experience to Work
Equipped with a clear understanding of cycling accident dynamics and the many types of bicycle accidents that occur, Attorney Roman and Attorney Gaynor, provide injured riders with an unmatched level of representation.
Our firm is a sponsor for Gearlink Racing Inc., one of Florida’s premier bicycle racing teams, and a proud supporter of Chainwheel Drive. With this, we hope to increase awareness about bicycle safety.
We have been involved with the annual Bicycle Bash festivities and have played a significant role in lobbying government agencies and political leaders to promote pro-bicycling legislation and devote more resources to bicycling and pedestrian safety plans. Our presence in the local cycling community and our passion for bicycling can benefit you and your case immensely.
Discuss Your Case with a Clearwater Bicycle Accident Attorney
The attorneys at Roman & Gaynor are long-time advocates of bicycling as effective transportation, part of a healthy lifestyle, and a region-wide asset.
Motivated by our desire to help you recover full and fair compensation and to increase awareness about sharing the road, we devote extensive energy and resources into handling these cases.
If you wish to discuss your case with a member of our legal team, do not hesitate to contact a Clearwater bicycle accident lawyer from Roman & Gaynor at (727) 877-1212.
Some Facts About Bicycles Accidents in Florida
- Florida has a bicyclist death rate that is three times higher than the national average. Florida traffic laws do not give special treatment to or protect cycling groups. A cycling group is not considered “one unit” for purposes of traffic stops such as lights and stop signs. Florida law classifies bicycles as vehicles. This means that even bicyclists can get DUIs.
- Bicyclists are classified differently depending on where they are riding. A bicyclist on a sidewalk or crosswalk is a pedestrian, but a bicyclist on the road is an operator of a vehicle.
- Florida law only requires bicyclists under the age of 16 to wear helmets. Helmets save lives and should be worn while riding bicyclists, but failure to do so cannot be used to determine a rider was partially at fault for their injuries.
- In bicyclist injury or death cases, police reports are not admitted as evidence. In these types of cases, judges and juries have to make their own judgment regarding fault based on other evidence.
- National statistics indicate that the average bicyclist killed in accidents was male riding during the afternoon or evening hours.
- Statistics also show a disproportionately large amount of bicyclist deaths caused by large and expensive motor vehicles such as freight trucks.
- In the United States, approximately one percent of all urban travel is done by bicycle and 30 percent of Americans are obese. Compare this to a country like the Netherlands, where 28 percent of urban travel is by bike and only 10 percent of the population is considered obese.
If you are a cyclist who has been injured in an accident, or if you’ve lost a loved one to a bicycle accident, Roman & Gaynor can help.
We have helped many bicyclists get the medical care, support, compensation and personal attention they need to rebuild their lives after an accident.
Who Is At Fault for a Bicycle Accident?
Every bicycle accident looks a little different – and any party can share in fault for the collision. However, many motorists don’t realize that Florida bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities. This means vehicle drivers who fail to treat bicyclists with appropriate care may be held liable for injuries.
There are also some special considerations in place for bicyclists to account for their unique needs. For example, under the Florida Statutes, cyclists are allowed to ride “as close as practicable” to the right-hand curb or the edge of the roadway when there is no bike lane. If a driver fails to give enough room or attempts to pass a bicyclist in this situation, the driver would likely share more of the fault.
What Special Rules Do Bicyclists Have to Follow?
In addition to obeying all traffic laws and signals, bicyclists must observe the following laws:
- Bicycles must have a fixed, regular seat.
- Bicycles may only seat the maximum number of riders for which they were designed.
- Bicyclists may not use earbuds, headsets, or other audio equipment on a bike (unless it is a hearing aid.)
- Bicyclists must keep one hand on the handlebars at all times.
- Parents and guardians are responsible for their minor children who ride bicycles.
- Bicycles must have brakes that can stop within 25 feet on dry and level ground.
- Bicyclists must stay within a single lane if riding two abreast.
Is It Legal to Ride a Bike on a Sidewalk?
Bicycles are legally allowed to ride on the road, but some cyclists may prefer using sidewalks due to safety concerns. It is perfectly legal for a bicyclist to ride on the sidewalk; however, they must always yield their right-of-way to pedestrians and provide audible signals when passing them.