Below are some of the most common causes of bicycle accident injuries:
Bike Accidents With Cars
Bicyclists assume all the rights and duties of a driver of a vehicle when they are on the road (F.S. 316.2065(1)), must obey all rules of the road, traffic signs, etc.
When on a sidewalk, bicyclists are treated more like a pedestrian (F.S. 316.2065(10)). Vehicles have to yield to cyclists on crosswalks.
What if bike is going wrong way down street and someone pulls out into them without looking in that direction. And if child, not held to same standard, adult would have a serious comparative negligence problem. But, a recovery may be had nonetheless. Realistically, cyclists will be given more latitude when driving on a sidewalk (even though that might be in appropriate) or driving down the wrong way of a street. Even though, they are treated like cars…juries understand that, in reality, the scenarios differ (car on sidewalk is much more egregious than bike on sidewalk).
As bicycle accident injury attorneys, we always go to the scene. If there are lots of cyclists, then any driver who regularly goes down that route, should be more aware of his surroundings. In addition, pictures of the scene, damaged bike, picture of road rash + injuries are always helpful.