Preventing Personal Injury or Wrongful Death to a Bicyclist
How many times have we speedily driven past those helmet wearing spandex clad bicyclists that occupy those narrowest of bicycle lanes located on the right side of our roads? Most drivers in the state are unaware of Florida’s Overtaking and Passing laws pertaining to bicycles codified in Fla. Stat. 316.083. Did you know that all drivers of motor vehicles overtaking a bicycle are required to pass the bicycle at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet between their vehicle and the bicycle? The burden for safely passing a bicycle rests clearly on the driver of the motor vehicle who is attempting to pass, and rightfully so. Remember that the bicyclist is exposed and unprotected when it comes to an impact with a passing motor vehicle and injuries can be, and usually are, severe including death. This is the reason that the safe distance of 3 feet was written into the law to protect bicyclists and should be diligently followed by motorists. Bicycle deaths in the United States from motor vehicle accidents totaled 722 in 2012 and was up to 743 in 2013. The majority of those deaths involved adult males. There were over 48,000 injuries to bicyclists from motor vehicles in 2014. Be careful when you’re passing a bicycle in a motor vehicle. The burden for safely passing is clearly on the motorist. It’s the law. For more information or if you or someone you know has been subjected to personal injury or wrongful death in reference to bicycle safety contact The Attorneys of Palm Beach.