Preventing Bicycle Accidents | What You Should Know

Two people cycling in an urban park, complying with bicycle helmet laws, with a blurred background showing motion, alongside someone jogging and a yellow taxi in the distance.

Florida is home to countless individuals who love to cycle, whether for fun, exercise, or as a healthy mode of transportation. Though cycling accidents do happen, there are several steps you can take to help ensure that they don’t. This is why below, our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys have compiled a short bulleted list of bicycle safety tips, as well as some brief instructions for you to follow if you are ever injured in a bicycle accident. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What can I do to help ensure I’m safe on my bicycle?

As a cyclist, you should be concerned about your safety and that of others. By taking these simple precautions, you can help maximize your chances of avoiding an accident. Some of the precautions you should take are as follows:

  • Never ride your bicycle without a helmet on.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, such as oncoming vehicles, other cyclists, and more.
  • Never ride against traffic.
  • Ensure you are visible to all other motorists on the road. You can do so by wearing bright clothing and having reflectors on your bicycle.
  • Try to avoid cycling at night, but if you do, ensure your bicycle is equipped with reflectors and lights.
  • Quickly inspect your bike before taking to the roads. Make sure your tire pressure is where it should be, the chain is in place, brakes are working, etc.
  • Always obey the rules of the road. Do not run red lights, cycle while intoxicated, etc.

What should I do if I’m hurt in a bicycle accident?

If you take all of the aforementioned safety precautions and you are still injured in a bicycle accident caused by another motorist, you should do everything you can to document the facts surrounding the incident. This can include taking pictures of the accident/any property damage caused by the accident, calling the police to the scene and receiving immediate medical treatment, asking anyone who saw your accident for their contact information, and more. Finally, you should ensure you hire a knowledgeable Jacksonville personal injury lawyer as soon as you can who can bring your personal injury claim within the state’s statute of limitations (four years). For any further questions, simply give us a call.

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Ansbacher Law is comprised of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.