Florida Bicycle Month – Avoid Common Motorist Collisions with BicyclistsMarch 17, 2021 | Category: Bike Accidents | Share
“March is Florida Bicycle Month. Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. suggests that motorists avoid accidents with bicyclists by cooperatively sharing the roads and being patient when driving,” said Fort Myers Bicycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Share the Road signs are used to indicate the likelihood of bicyclists on the roadway. They are placed in areas where the road is too narrow for bicycles and vehicles to operate safely within one lane. The Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) says “share the road” means “one after the other.” Bicycles have the right of “first come, first served” and the full use of the lane. If a motorist would like to pass, he/she must yield and wait until it is safe to do so, according to the FBA.
Experts say that crashes are often caused by impatient drivers wanting to pass right away. This may not be necessary if drivers observe the roadway for stop signs, red lights, or stopped traffic ahead, an opportunity to pass where there is a greater clearance, or the driver is planning to turn in 500 feet or less.
When it is safe to pass, the FBA wants motorists to give the bicyclist plenty of space. Florida law requires at least 3 feet. On high-speed roads, it is not safe to pass a bicyclist going fast even if there is space to do so.
Motorists should know:
- Bicyclists usually ride in the right half of a lane, to offer visibility and ease in passing for motorists. However, they are not required to stay out of the way or share their lanes if they are not wide enough.
- When bicyclists need to avoid a hazard or bad pavement, when traveling at the same speed as traffic, or preparing for a left turn, they may use the left side of the lane.
“There is nothing to prevent a bicyclist from being thrown from a bicycle; whereas, an occupant of a vehicle typically enjoys safety features such s seatbelts, child restraint seats, and airbags. Should you or a loved one be injured while bike riding because of a negligent driver, please contact our experienced Fort Myers bicycle accident legal team to assist you after seeking medical attention. We provide personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation for victims of personal injury and wrongful death accidents. To learn more about our case results and client attention, please go to Spiveylaw.com – Case Results and Testimonials. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are available 24/7,” said Fort Myers Bicycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Bicycle Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A, in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.