Biking is a fun way to exercise, travel, and simply enjoy the outdoors. Florida is called the Sunshine State for a reason, and more and more cyclists are hitting the roads and bike paths in Melbourne and elsewhere. Unfortunately, negligent drivers can turn a leisurely biking experience into a tragedy. Bike accidents are far too common, but you can hold the negligent party responsible with the help of a personal injury attorney.

Our dedicated attorneys have years of experience handling biking collision cases just like yours. An expert Melbourne bicycle accident lawyer on our team can provide a free consultation of your case. Get started on your pursuit of monetary damages to repair your injuries and your life.

What Typically Causes Bicycle Accidents?

Too often, bicyclists are not respected while they are on the road, leading to many preventable accidents and injuries. When a bicyclist suffers injuries due to another person or company’s carless actions, our Melbourne lawyers can help them recover their losses.

When others ignore or negligently jeopardize a bicyclist’s rights and safety, they often do so through:

  • Intoxicated driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • Ignoring dangerous road conditions
  • Improperly marking or maintaining roadways
  • Defective bicycle parts or tires

These are only some of the ways in which a person or company could be negligent. Whatever situation a bicyclist faces, our team of trial experts can represent their interests and fight for the compensation they need to get their lives back on track after an accident.

Rights and Rules for Bicyclists

Bicycle regulations defined by Florida Statutes §316.2065 set forth not only the requirements bicyclists must follow, but also the rights of cyclists to share the road with other drivers. This means they are protected from the same types of negligence as drivers of cars or trucks.

Cyclists in Melbourne are required to follow the following rules of the road:

  • Carry only the number of passengers the bike is designed for
  • Children under four years of age or under 40 pounds in weight must be in a car seat
  • Riders under the age of 16 must wear a helmet
  • Use a bicycle lane when possible if operating slower than normal traffic speed
  • Travel as close as practicable to the right curb whenever possible
  • Use a front and back light when riding at night

Bicyclists who follow these rules can avoid being found partially liable if the defendant alleges that they were partly responsible for causing or contributing to the accident.

Compensation Available for Injured Cyclists in Melbourne

Compensation awarded in a successful biking accident lawsuit is intended to cover the following losses:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Property damage costs
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost income or earning potential
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

An injured bike rider deserves to be compensated for any losses they suffer as a result of someone else’s carelessness. An experienced team of local attorneys can help fight for compensation on the cyclist behalf.

Work with a Bicycle Accident Attorney in Melbourne

Our firm has the years of experience needed to help you fight for compensation. We previously represented large insurance companies and businesses—so we know their defensive tactics. We are ready to put that experience to work for you.

Contact a skilled Melbourne bicycle accident lawyer today for a free consultation of your case. Let us help you get started the right way.

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