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Summer is quickly approaching. This increases the use of bicycles on the road. It is important to follow bicycle safety rules since there are numerous accidents and deaths on bicycles each year. In fact, in 2016 there were 840 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States. To assist you in avoiding being the victim of a bicycle crash, we would like to share the following guidelines for bicycle safety:
Riding a bicycle in Florida is governed by Florida Statutes §316.2065. Some of the pertinent statutes are as follows:
In the State of Florida, anyone under the age of 16 must wear a helmet. However, for your own safety, even if you are 16 years old or older, it is best to wear a helmet.
Ensure that your helmet fits correctly. Size can vary by manufacturers. You can find directions on how to properly fit a helmet and a comprehensive list of helmet sizes according to manufacturers by going to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute website. https://helmets.org/index.htm
Tips on Avoiding Crashes
There are things you can do to decrease your risk of injury.
Riding bikes is enjoyable, especially in this great Florida weather. However, sometimes accidents occur unexpectedly despite your best planning. If you are injured in a bicycle crash caused by someone else, contact Lindell & Farson, P.A., in Jacksonville, Florida for a free consultation to discuss your rights.
For more information on bicycle safety see the following website: