Our Florida Cycling Injury Practice

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cycling accidents in florida If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a bike in Florida, you want a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney on your side. Managing partner Ron Michael Meneo is a long-time avid cyclist and nationally ranked triathlete who has attained "All American" distinction by USA Triathlon several times over the last 20 years. As principal of Race Productions, LLC, he has served as a triathlon/duathlon race organizer for almost as long, regularly reviewing and addressing cycling safety issues and working with local police and traffic commissioners to optimize safety protocol. He also served on the Legal Committee for USA Triathlon, the national governing body for triathlon and other multi-sports. In this role, he often was assigned primary responsibility as chair of a 3-person panel conducting disciplinary hearings that involved safety rule violations.

For Ron, a pivotal moment occurred several years ago when his long-time friend and fellow USAT All American triathlete, while riding on Route A1A in Del Ray Beach, Florida, was hit from behind by a hit and run driver. Knocked unconscious from the collision and impact with the pavement, his friend eventually regained consciousness in the ambulance transporting him to a local hospital. Though he survived, in addition to other injuries, Ron's friend suffered a traumatic brain injury (concussion syndrome) that, but for protection of his cycling helmet, could have been catastrophic. He spent several days hospitalized and many weeks recovering. The errant driver was never found. Though Ron's friend made a full recovery, the accident made a lasting impression on Ron and his advocacy for cyclists and safe riding.

Drawing from his friend's near tragedy, his personal cycling and triathlon experience, his work as a race organizer and member of the USA Triathlon Legal Committee and his legal experience, Ron has a keen understanding and grasp of cycling accidents, safety and liability issues and cyclist concerns that benefit his clients. In particular, his cycling experience underlies his knowledge and understanding of the factual nuances so often involved in cycling accidents and their causes. Using Ron's experience and knowledge to guide its representation of injured cyclists, the Meneo Law Group and its litigation partners provide diligent, effective and insightful legal representation to their clients. Learn more about our cycling accident practice here.

Florida Cycling Accidents and Laws

Just as motor vehicle laws differ from state-to-state, the same holds true for laws applicable to bicyclists. Certainly most common-sense rules for cyclists apply universally, i.e. ride on the right side of the road. Nonetheless, cyclists do need to be aware of the rules that govern cycling in his/her state. Rules applicable to bicyclists in Florida are found in Florida's Uniform Traffic Control Law which is Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes. These rules are intended to apply uniformly throughout Florida including in all municipalities. However, the rules do authorize cities and towns to adopt their own rules governing traffic within their municipalities so long as those rules are not inconsistent with the Uniform Traffic Control Law. The rules generally apply in all accident settings, read about bicycling accident types here.

According to Florida law, bicyclists have certain responsibilities when involved in a crash or collision:

  • A bicyclist “…involved in a crash resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person…”, must immediately stop and remain at the crash scene until all duties to provide information and render aid have been fulfilled. (Section 316.027)
  • The basic duties require a bicyclist to: “… give his or her name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving, and shall upon request and if available exhibit his or her license or permit to drive, to any person injured in such crash or to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in the crash and shall give such information and, upon request, exhibit such license or permit to any police officer at the scene of the crash or who is investigating the crash and shall render to any person injured in the crash reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.” (Section 316.062) Other duties may apply as required for under Section 316.065 and other Sections of Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law.
  • A bicyclist involved in a collision “… with, any vehicle or other property which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property, shall immediately stop and… either locate and notify the operator or owner of the vehicle or other property of the …[bicyclist's] name and address…, or shall attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on the vehicle or other property a written notice giving the …[bicyclist's] name and address… and shall without unnecessary delay notify the nearest office of a duly authorized police authority. “ (Section 316.063)

Generally speaking, a bicycle (defined in 316.003 (2) is considered a vehicle (defined in 316.003 (75) and a person riding a “bicycle” is considered a “driver” (defined in 316.003(10). As a “driver,” in Florida, a bicyclist has legal obligations and responsibilities, many of which are set forth in Florida's Uniform Traffic Control Law. Here are some highlights of which all cyclists in Florida should be aware:

  • As a general statement that the Florida traffic laws apply to bicyclists, Section 316.2065 (1) states that: “Every person propelling a vehicle by human power has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this chapter, except as to special regulations in this chapter, and except as to provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.”
  • As a further general statement that the Florida traffic laws apply to bicyclists, Section 316.072 states that “The provisions of this Chapter apply to the operation of vehicles and bicycles and the movement of pedestrians upon all state-maintained highways, county-maintained highways, and municipal streets and alleys and wherever vehicles have the right to travel [emphasis added]”

As to the protection of children, Section 2065 (3) provides:

  • (a) A bicycle may not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped, except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to his or her person in a backpack or sling.

    (b) Except as provided in paragraph (a), a bicycle rider must carry any passenger who is a child under 4 years of age, or who weighs 40 pounds or less, in a seat or carrier that is designed to carry a child of that age or size and that secures and protects the child from the moving parts of the bicycle.

    (c) A bicycle rider may not allow a passenger to remain in a child seat or carrier on a bicycle when the rider is not in immediate control of the bicycle.
  • Properly fitted helmets are required to be worn and fastened by bicyclists and passengers who are under the age of 16 years (Section 2065 (3) (d).

The Bicycle Regulations set forth in Florida's Uniform Traffic Control Law are set forth here: FL-Section 316.2065-Bicycle Rules - 1mb.

All information and descriptions of state and local (municipal) laws applicable to bicycles, bicyclists and bicycling are intended, and should only be read, as general statements of the applicable rules and laws. This information and these descriptions are not intended to be, and should not be construed or relied upon as being, complete. All such information and descriptions are subject to the existing and complete laws of the state and/or municipality in question, which are subject to change at anytime without notice. None of this information and these descriptions is intended to constitute, or should be construed or relied upon as constituting, legal, medical or other advice of any kind. The providing, and any person’s reading, of this information and these descriptions do not, in any way, create an attorney-client relationship. Such a relationship with The Meneo Law Group, Ron Michael Meneo, LLC and/or MeneoLaw, PLLC can only be created by the consent of both the attorney and the client evidenced by a written retainer or engagement agreement that has been signed by both.

This Litigation Has Concluded – MLG is Not Accepting New Cases

This litigation has concluded and we are proud to report that our clients' claims have been successfully resolved. The amounts of all individual client recoveries are confidential, both by settlement agreement and by attorney-client privilege. MLG is no longer accepting cases involving this product.