Advocating for Injured Bicyclists in Orlando
Florida is a fantastic state to enjoy on two wheels, with its year-long warmth and scenic biking trails. Unfortunately, there are a few common misconceptions when it comes to a cyclist’s responsibility on the road and the responsibility that drivers of motor vehicles owe to cyclists while sharing those roads.
These misconceptions often lead to serious bicycle accidents that are almost always worse for the biker. If you suffered an injury from a bicycle accident, you deserve financial compensation to help ease your recovery. You also deserve an advocate who will protect your best interests.
You can depend on us. The attorneys at Wieland & DeLattre in Orlando will be by your side every step of the way. With over 35 years of experience, our lawyers have represented those injured while riding bikes. We put your best interests first, holding the at-fault driver responsible for your injuries and helping you obtain fair compensation.
Understanding Florida’s Bicycle Laws
In Florida, a bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist as a driver. Bicyclists are just as responsible for following the rules of the road as any motorist, including making complete stops at stop signs, following the flow of traffic and obeying traffic signals. Many cyclists assume that they have an automatic right of way — an assumption that can be quite costly.
However, bicyclists also have all the same rights as pedestrians. This can make bicycle accident cases complex. We are familiar with all of Florida’s bicycle laws and regulations and understand how best to position your claim. We will use this depth of knowledge to seek full compensation for your injuries.
Tips for Bicycle Safety Before and After an Accident
To prevent a serious accident, it is important to always:
- Remain aware of motorists
- Bike defensively
- Wear bright colors and reflective materials
- Avoid riding after dark
- Wear a helmet
Even when riding with safety in mind, accidents may very well still happen. Remember that serious injuries may not necessarily manifest until hours or even days after the initial accident. Always seek medical attention and report your accident to authorities to ensure that you have the evidence necessary to make your claim in court.
You have just as much of a right to be on the road as any truck or car and should be guaranteed the same level of safety that motorists are afforded.