In the state of Florida, bicyclists are allowed to use roads in much the same way that cars, trucks and other vehicles do. Those who choose to ride their bikes on the road are also required to follow the same rules that other vehicles must. This means that they must take actions such as stopping at red lights and obeying other traffic control signals. Bicyclists are also prohibited from riding straight through lanes that are designated for right or left turns only.
Individuals under the age of 16 must wear a helmet whenever they are on a bike. It is illegal for bicyclists to wear headphones or other devices, except for hearing aids, while they are riding. Those who are biking on sidewalks or a crosswalk are required to cede the right-of-way to any pedestrians that they encounter. If they are sharing a traffic lane with another vehicle, bicyclists are encouraged to stay as close to the middle of the lane as possible.
Doing so will likely discourage drivers from trying to pass people on bicycles when it may be unsafe to do so. Motorists are encouraged to exercise patience when following or otherwise sharing a lane with a person on a bike. Those who are in parked cars should check their surroundings carefully before opening their doors.
Individuals who are hurt in bicycle accidents may experience significant injuries as well as property damage. The person who is responsible for the crash may be liable for paying medical bills or replacing damaged items. An attorney may be able to use witness statements and other evidence to show that an injured rider was obeying the law when an accident happened. This may help convince a judge or jury that another party was solely responsible for an accident.