Bicycle Accidents

Anyone living in South Florida knows of the recent growth of popularity in road biking. With Lance Armstrong's exploits and the availability of relatively inexpensive high performance bicycles, it is not uncommon, especially on weekends, to see streams of riders in all shapes and sizes challenging themselves in their spandex shorts and colorful helmets on our crowded streets and highways.

Most riders wear safety equipment and ride with care, but even the most cautious rider is no match for a negligently operated 2000 pound steel motor vehicle. When  accidents happen, the biker usually pays pays the price in life and limb.

Serious injuries require capable medical care, both in the moment and long-term. Obtaining the care is sometimes easier said than done. Matters of competency and financial resources become immediate and persistent issues. The issues may prove daunting and overwhelming to most people and their families. To the experienced and competent attorney, these issues are part of the everyday practice of law. 

Jeffrey P. Gale and his staff have the requisite experience and competence to handle these issues with skill for our clients.

Accident victims and their families may also be entitled to compensation for pain & suffering, the loss of a loved one, and for lost wages in the past and the future. Our law firm has been successfully assisting clients with these issues for more than 25 years. We know how to prove fault and where to look for compensation, so that our clients are fairly and fully compensated for their significant losses.

We invite you to contact us today at 305-758-4900 or by email for a free, confidential consultation to learn your rights.

Common causes of bicycle accidents:  

  • A car, truck or bus driver making a left turn in front of the bicycle rider or merging into the path of the bicyclist.
  • A vehicle overtaking the bike and not allowing space to safely pass, causing the rider to fall off the bike.
  • The driver of the car failing to yield the right of way to the bicyclist.
  • The motorist running a red light or stop sign.
  • An auto or truck unexpectedly entering the roadway from a driveway.
  • Driver speeding and intoxication.
  • Roadway defects and poorly maintained sidewalks.
These are the most important Florida Statutes with regard to bicycles: 316.2065 & 316.083.

Jeffrey P. Gale, P.A. bicycle blog: Florida's Road Bike Laws