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Police Report a Must for All Cyclists Hit by a Vehicle

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

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 Monday, February 15, 2016.

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 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?