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West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The West Palm Beach region is popular with bicyclists but experiences a growing number of accidents
Despite safety improvements, bicycle accidents are common in West Palm Beach.
According to Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, in 2012, 726 lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes nationally, just under two people every day of the year in the U.S. The death rate from bicycle crashes is high due to the relative lack of protection bicyclists have in an impact with a motor vehicle.
Bicycling Laws in West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach traffic-safety laws are designed to allow bicyclists to share the road safely with motor vehicles in an increasingly crowded space.
According to the State of Florida Department of Motor Vehicles:
- When bicycles are ridden with other traffic, cyclists must obey the same rules and regulations as motor vehicles.
- At intersections, motorists must yield to cyclists as they would for other vehicles and pedestrians.
- When passing a cyclist, motorists must move into an adjacent lane to the left if possible. If not, the motorist must pass with at least 3 feet of clearance.
- Motorists must yield the right-of-way to a cyclist on a bicycle path or in a bike lane.
- Motorists may not stop, park or drive on a designated bicycle path or lane unless they are entering or leaving an alley or driveway, performing official duties, directed by a police officer, or in an emergency situation.
- A cyclist is required to ride on the right side of the roadway.
- A bicycle must be equipped with a white lamp in the front, visible from at least 500 feet.
Get information on bicycle crashes from the Police Departments in the West Palm Beach region
The West Palm Beach Police Department offers information on accidents, and also provides information on filing a police report and on obtaining a police report.
West Palm Beach bicycle crashes have common causes and deadly outcomes
While helmets and proper reflective gear make bicycling safer, riding a bicycle is riskier than driving a car. Maintaining control is more difficult on two wheels, and when collisions happen, bicyclists are at greater risk of serious injury or death because they don't have an enclosed vehicle for protection.
Common causes of bicycle crashes include:
- Motorist turning across path of cyclist;
- Cyclist riding into the path of a motor vehicle;
- Cyclist turning right from a major road and from a minor road;
- Child cyclist playing or riding too fast.
When someone is injured in a West Palm Beach bicycle accident, what needs to happen next?
In an injury bike crash, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospitals in the area include:
- West Palm Hospital
- Palm Beach Children's Hospital
- Palms West Hospital
- Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy. Since insurance policies often have unique provisions to deal with bicycle-accident injuries, it is important to review the policy and speak with the insurance adjuster to get clarification on coverage.
Personal injury lawyers offer a no-cost claim evaluation to help you.
Since there is no cost to speak with a lawyer, it is a good idea to learn more about your potential personal injury claim. Accident Data Center can help you by connecting you with our network of experienced injury lawyers who can provide you with information about your rights and options. Learn more here about the value of a no-cost legal claim evaluation.
Bicycle Accident Reports and News from the West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL Area
The victims injuries were described as "traumatic", and she was taken to Delray Trauma Center via helicopter.
A 33-year-old bicycle rider died after colliding with a vehicle late Saturday just north of the Roosevelt Bridge, according to Stuart police.
A vehicle struck and killed a bicycle rider Wednesday morning in suburban Boca Raton, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
The crash happened just after 9 a.m., on Lyons Road just north of Clint Moore Road, the sheriff's office says.
Fort Pierce police officers are investigating a traffic crash that left a 53-year-old man dead.
On Friday around 5:45 p.m., Fort Pierce resident Tony Knight was riding a bicycle west across North 25th Street near Avenue G.
A man in his 50s is in critical condition after he was struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle in Fort Pierce Thursday morning. The SUV involved in the crash did not stop. According to St. Lucie Fire Rescue, the man was riding his bike on 25th Street near Orange Avenue around 10:10 a.m.
Officials are searching for black pick-up truck with an extended cab and tinted windows that left the scene of a fatal bicycle crash early Monday morning in St. Lucie County.
A 24-year-old Broward County man has been identified as the driver in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 53-year-old bicyclist Friday morning, city police said. Traffic homicide investigators said Jeffrey Camenzuli of Coral Springs was driving a 2013 Kia shortly before 5 a.m.