Florida law treats bicycles the same as vehicles, which means they must follow the rules of the road. It goes without saying that helmets and other protective clothing are strongly recommended, as are lights and reflective devices for riding at night.
Unfortunately, despite their best efforts to ride safely, bicyclists can still become involved in a car or truck collision.
With this in mind. some common causes of bicycle-related accidents with motor vehicles, according to a report by the Federal Highway Commission, include (but are not limited to):
- Drivers failing to yield the right of way.
- Drivers losing control and swerving into the bicyclist or bicyclist’s path.
- Drivers don’t see bicyclists approaching an intersection.
- Drivers backing or running into bicyclists while exiting a driveway or alley.
- Drivers running red lights or stop signs.
- Drivers failing to give bicyclists enough room while passing.
- Drivers turning left into the path of an approaching bicyclist.
- Drivers making a right-hand turn into a bicyclist.