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Do Daytime Bike Lights Help Cyclists?

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips, Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

In the past, it seemed as if only the rare, fearful, or especially nervous cyclist might have a blinking light on the back of their bicycle during daytime. Most of us thought that lights at daytime were overkill, a non-factor, because the lights seemed too dim and not noticeable due to natural “ambient” light outdoors.

Police Report a Must for All Cyclists Hit by a Vehicle

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

As an attorney who defends the rights of cyclists, all too often I am contacted by an injured bicyclist whose legal rights have been severely compromised by the failure to get a police report. The cyclist recites a story about how the accident happened that seems “straightforward”.  The fault of the motorist seems obvious.  But without a police report, the story frequently becomes anything but clear.

Bicyclists Hit by Car Doors – What Are Their Rights?

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

One of the most common bicycle accidents, caused by careless motorists, is when a cyclist is “doored” or hit by a car door. This typically happens where the cyclist is riding next to parallel parking, and an occupant of the parked car suddenly flings open a car door into the path of the cyclist. Such accidents are particularly prevalent in highly populated cities, where parallel parking is also pervasive.  In fact, the Urban Dictionary provides a succinct definition of “dooring” – “to crash into and/or over a driver's side door(of a vehicle) while riding your bike”.

Bicycle Crashes on Sidewalks with Motorists

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

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.