A Tampa bicycle accident lawyer from the law firm of Clark & Martino, P.A. will tell you that cyclists in Florida have the very same rights and duties as other drivers. Florida Statutes, Ch. 316.2065 states that “Every person propelling a vehicle by human power has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this chapter, except as to special regulations in this chapter, and except as to provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.” Florida law further provides that bicycle riders must obey all traffic signals, yield to the right-of-way of pedestrians, use front and rear illumination at night, use designated bike lanes where available, ride no more than two abreast on roadways, always signal their intention to turn, and not operate a bicycle while distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Every bicycle accident lawyer at our Tampa law firm recognizes the uneasy relationship that exists between cyclists and operators of motor vehicles. It is probably safe to assume that tension of some kind between the two will always be there. Fortunately, as communities make changes to their roads in an effort to accommodate bicycle commuters and casual riders, all parties will perhaps find it easier to share the road.
Contact a Tampa bicycle accident lawyer at Clark & Martino, P.A. to learn more about this topic, or to speak to one of our bicycle lawyers regarding a related legal issue. We are a boutique personal injury law firm conveniently located on W. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa, Florida.