One way to avoid being involved in a Florida bicycle accident is to know the laws that pertain to riding a bike in Florida. After a Florida bicycle accident, a person could have many questions as to their rights and responsibilities. The Florida statutes have a whole section on bicycle law. Below are answers to some frequently after being involved in a Florida bicycle accident.
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Do Bicycles Have to Follow The Same Traffic Rules as Cars?
Yes. A bicyclist must follow the traffic rules common to all drivers and must also obey regulations adopted specially for bicycles.
Do Bicycles Have To Have a Light?
Over 50% of the fatal bicycle accidents in Florida occur after sunset. Florida law states that a bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from 500 feet to the front, and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 600 feet to the rear.
Are Bicyclist Required to Wear Helmets?
Head injuries account for about one-third of hospital emergency room visits for bicycle-related accidents. Although adults are not required to wear helmets, a bicycle rider or passenger under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted, fastened securely, and meets a nationally recognized standard.
Can Bicyclists Wear Headphones While Riding?
No. Florida law prohibits a cyclist from wearing a headset, headphones or listening device, other than a hearing aid, while riding.
What Side of the Road Should Bicyclists Ride on?
A cyclist on a roadway must ride on the side for his direction of travel. Riding against traffic increases crash risk and is a factor in about 15% of bicycle-car accidents.
To Avoid a Florida Bicycle Accident, Can a Bicyclist Ride on the Sidewalk?
Sidewalks are not designed for bicycle speeds, but bicycle use is allowed except where prohibited by local ordinance. Since a bicyclist riding on a sidewalk has the rights of a pedestrian, he may ride in either direction. A cyclist riding on a sidewalk must yield the right of way to a pedestrian and must give an audible warning before passing a pedestrian.