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Bicycle Crashes on Sidewalks with Motorists

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Wednesday, October 07, 2015.

One of the most prevalent bicycle crash scenarios is where the bicyclist is impacted on the sidewalk or crosswalk, while the motorist is trying to pull out of a driveway. Motorists recurrently seem blind to cyclists moving on a sidewalk or crosswalk, and many police officers are oblivious to the rights of cyclists to use the sidewalk.

What Happens if I’m Hit By a Car and They Don’t Have Auto Insurance?

Posted by Chris Burns in Ask the Attorney on Friday, August 07, 2015.

Question: I am car-free!  My break-up with my car happened years ago, and I don’t miss it at all. I ride a bike only. I also don’t have car insurance. What happens if I am hit by a car, and it doesn’t have auto insurance?  How do the medical bills and lost wages get paid, if usually someone’s car insurance has to pay them?

11 Steps to Protect Your Rights After a Bicycle Crash

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Most of the time, riding a bike brings beauty, independence, joy, and healthy living.  Rarely, bicycling can turn into disappointment or worse, tragedy. People who ride bicycles are in the midst of traffic which is massively bigger and heavier than the cyclists and their equipment.  Trucks, cars, SUVs – they are sometimes operated by drivers who have little concern for us.  We cyclists are largely unprotected, except for our helmets and the thinnest layer of clothing, and with hope that motorists will operate their vehicles safely with us in mind.

Bicycle Medical Bills - Who Pays What?

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Monday, April 13, 2015.

You are riding your bicycle. Suddenly a car, or a bus, or a trash truck, or maybe a motorcycle pulls directly into your path. You cannot elude the vehicle – you suffer a collision. You need to go to the hospital or be evaluated by a doctor. You live in Florida. How are the medical bills supposed to be paid?  What if you don’t have health insurance?