Bicycle Accidents: Who’s Liable?

In Florida, the weather is warm year-round. This means that plenty of people are outside either walking or cycling to their destination. Unfortunately, Miami has developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous locations to ride a bicycle as the city has finished towards the top of the st for total bicycle accidents in Florida. If you ride your bike around Miami, it is important that you ride with caution and follow the rules of the road. If you don’t and you are struck by a motor vehicle, you might be held liable.

Determining Liability in a Bicycle Accident

Throughout Miami, you will find cyclists riding in two places, either the sidewalk or the street. If the cyclist is riding on the sidewalk, they are expected to follow the same rules as a pedestrian. If the cyclist is riding in the street, they are expected to remain in the bike lane (if available), ride in the same direction as traffic, and follow the rules of the road.

One of the most common causes of bicycle accidents is a failure to determine who has the right of way. Generally, if the cyclist is in the bike lane it is the driver’s responsibility to avoid them. This also applies if the bike rider signals because they have to make a left turn or avoid an obstacle in the bike lane. On the other side, driver’s are responsible for giving cyclists about three feet of separation.

What are Common Injuries in a Bicycle Accident

When you are involved in a bicycle accident, your entire body is at risk of injury. Depending on the force and location of the collision, there is a chance of certain body parts at a higher risk than others. Some of the more common injuries are:

  •  Back and spine injuries
  • Head injury/Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you are an avid bike rider in Miami it is important that you follow the rules of the road and yield to motor vehicles, other bikers, and even pedestrians. The last thing anyone wants is to be involved in an accident that can have life-changing effects. If you were riding your bike and struck by another cyclist or a motor vehicle, contact The Miami Injury Lawyers today.