Florida has the perfect weather and scenery for bicycle riding, and it is no secret why we have so many cyclists here in the Sunshine State. If you are a cyclist, you may wonder about the bicycle helmet laws here in Florida. Of course, you should wear a helmet, but do you have to? Please continue reading and speak with our Florida personal injury lawyer to learn more about Florida’s bicycle helmet laws and how our firm can assist you if you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are Florida’s bicycle helmet laws?
Florida law states that all cyclists under the age of 16 are required to wear helmets at all times, while those who are over the age of 16 are not required to wear helmets. That being said, this does not mean you shouldn’t wear a helmet, as doing so can save your life.
What should I do if I am injured in a bicycle accident?
Motorists frequently do not show bicyclists the respect they deserve, and they will tailgate cyclists, try to overtake them, and more. Unfortunately, this often leads to serious accidents, as bicyclists generally stand little chance against the sheer size and weight of a motor vehicle. In many cases, an injured cyclist can do nothing more than await the arrival of emergency services, however, if you can, you should do your best to document the facts surrounding your accident. If possible, try to take the following steps:
- Call 911, especially if you are seriously injured.
- Ask the other driver for his or her insurance information.
- Take pictures of your injuries and of any damage to your bicycle and any other property involved in your accident.
- Ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their name, phone number, email address, and a written/recorded statement regarding their recounting of the accident. You can use the voice memo app on your phone if you have one.
- Ensure you receive immediate medical treatment, and once you are treated, ensure you ask your doctor for a copy of all documentation regarding your injury.
- Hire a knowledgeable Jacksonville personal injury attorney promptly. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is, generally, four years, meaning that in most cases, you will only have four years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the liable party. The sooner you speak with our firm, the sooner we can begin working for the compensation you require to heal.
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Ansbacher Law is composed 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.