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Man Killed In Florida Bicycle Crash

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Bicycles have no protection in the event of a crash, which means they need to be extremely careful when riding. Bicycles have to follow the same laws as motor vehicles, but riders sometimes forget this. They may run red lights and stop signs, causing them to get hit and even killed. 

Sadly, this was recently the case in Florida. A man was killed after he rode into the path of a vehicle and the two collided. The fatal accident occurred on the afternoon of March 17 in Lake Mary. 

The 45-year-old man from Clermont was riding along a bike trail next to State Road 50. He ran a stop sign and crossed County Road 455. The man ended up in the path of a vehicle and the two collided. The man died at the accident scene. The crash is under investigation.

Why Bicyclists Need to Follow Laws

Bicyclists are considered vehicles in Florida and need to follow the same traffic regulations as motorists. They should understand their rights and obligations in the state. This means obeying all street signs, signals, and markings, as well as yielding to pedestrians, using lights at night, and riding with the flow of traffic.

Bicyclists must look behind them and yield to traffic when turning, changing lanes, or coming to a stop. Bicycles are allowed to ride on sidewalks as long as they yield to pedestrians. However, they should use bike lanes, when possible, to stay out of the way of motorists.

Bicycle riders under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet. They should not wear earplugs or headsets while riding. All bikes should have working lights and brakes that can stop quickly in the event of an emergency.

Many cyclists fail to follow the rules of the road. They ignore signs and traffic signals. They may yield at them or fail to stop at them altogether. This endangers bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and others on the roadway.

While bicycles are considered vulnerable road users, there are no special laws in Florida that apply to them. They must follow all the same rules. This means that even drinking and driving is illegal for bicycle riders. Bicyclists can still suffer from the effects of alcohol, just like other motorists, and can be given a DUI citation. They can also get involved in major accidents and suffer serious injuries and even death.

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Riding a bicycle can be fun, but it is unsafe if bicyclists and motorists fail to follow laws. All people who use a roadway need to be aware of the laws involved so they can stay safe.

The Florida bicycle accident attorneys at Meldon Law can assess your situation and determine your losses so you get the compensation you deserve. Schedule a consultation with our office today by calling (800) 373-8000 or filling out the online form. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, and Fort Lauderdale.

Source:

fox35orlando.com/news/bicyclist-dies-after-pulling-into-path-of-car-in-lake-county-troopers-say

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