West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorneys Experienced With Bicycle Accidents
Florida Accident Law Firm Represents Injured Bicyclists
The greatest fear most people have about bicycling is a collision with an automobile, but many bicycle crashes are actually solo accidents involving riders and some type of road hazard.
Determining Fault in a Bicycle Accident
Liability in bicycle accidents is usually determined according to which vehicle had the right-of-way. When two vehicles approach an intersection where there is no traffic signal, the vehicle that arrives first generally has the right-of-way. If both get there at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right-of-way. If the intersection consists of a major street and a minor street, traffic on the major street has the right-of-way.
When a traffic signal is present, the signal determines the right-of-way, although at times the sensor may be unable to detect the presence of a bicycle. If this happens, the cyclist should move closer to the sensor, wait until it is safe to cross against the light, or cross at the crosswalk.
Intersections and Bicycle Accidents
Intersections pose an especially serious threat for bicyclists, for the following reasons:
- Motorists may not see bicyclists because they are small and often blend into the background
- Many bicyclists are not familiar with the rules that they must follow at intersections
- Safety precautions are not always taken by motorists and cyclists at intersections
Were you injured in an accident that occurred while you were riding a bicycle? Contact Fagnano Law, P.A. immediately so we can put our experience to work for you. Contact our firm online or call 561-440-1528 today to schedule your initial free consultation.