With the beautiful weather in Florida, there are many reasons for bicyclists to be on the road. Unfortunately, this means that there are many bicycle accidents in Tampa Bay. Bicycle accidents can happen in many different way. However, most times, it is because drivers fail to notice bicycles on the road. Unfortunately, this could result in a serious bicycle accident that can leave a bicyclist — young or old — with lifelong injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 618 bicycle riders died and 52,000 cyclists were injured in bike vs. car accidents in 2010. About 9,000 of the bicyclists who were injured were age 14 and younger.
There are many Florida laws that pertain to riding a bicycle in Florida and how drivers need to interact with Florida bicyclists. After a Florida bicycle accident, it is important that you understand how these laws could impact your claim for damages. For example, Florida law requires any bicycle rider or passenger who is under 16 years of age to wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is fastened securely upon the passenger’s head by a strap and that meets the federal safety standard for bicycle helmets. What happens if a bicycle accident occurs when the child is not wearing a helmet?
After a Florida bicycle accident, there may be many legal questions that need to be answered. If you or a loved one are injured in a Florida bicycle accident, it is important that you talk with an attorney who understands Florida bicycle laws and how to handle a Florida personal injury case. Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes has been helping those injured because of the negligence of another for over 25 years. His Clearwater personal injury law firm — Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes — is one of Tampa Bay’s longest established personal injury law firm. Contact Attorney Matthew Noyes at 727-796-8282 or simply complete the form on this page or send Attorney Matthew Noyes an email to schedule a free case consultation.