May is Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety Awareness Month, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding all motorists of the important to share the road. Motorcyclists and bicyclists share the same privileges, rights and responsibilities as every other driver on the road. The roads belong to everyone; thus, it is important to be courteous when driving and to watch out for bicyclists and motorcyclists.
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The Capaz Law Firm represents motorcyclists and bicyclists who have been injured as a result of the negligence of another driver. It is unfortunate, but not all drivers watch out for motorcycles and bicycles. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, contact the Tampa auto accident injury attorneys at 813-440-2700.
Share the Road with Motorcycles and Bicycles
Florida is consistently ranked as one of the top three states for motorcycle fatalities. Preliminary data shows that there were approximately 9,914 motorcycle crashes in 2015, along with 554 associated motorcycle fatalities. Typically, motorcycle fatalities constitute approximately 19% of all traffic fatalities in Florida. Drivers are reminded to never share the lane with a motorcycle and to never follow too closely behind a motorcycle, but, instead, maintain a 4-second buffer zone from a motorcycle.
Despite what some may believe, Florida law defines a bicycle as a motor vehicle. In 2015, Bicycle crashes represented 2% of all crashes, and bicycle fatalities represented 5% of crash-related fatalities and 4.5% of all crash-related serious injuries. Drivers are reminded that, pursuant to Florida law, motorists must provide a minimum of three feet of clearance when driving alongside a bicyclist.
With the ever-increasing traffic on our roads in Tampa, it is important that all motorists drive responsibly, share the roadways and look out for each other.
Tampa Motorcycle and Bike Crash Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle or motorcycle crash, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney regarding any potential claim. The accident injury lawyers at Capaz Law Firm understand that motorcycle and bicycle crashes are different than car and truck accidents and, therefore, require different and unique legal strategies. Contact our Tampa office at 813-440-2700 for a free consultation.