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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.

11 Steps to Protect Your Rights After a Bicycle Crash

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

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.