Tragic Cape Coral Accident Highlights Dangers of Biking at Night

by Carmen Dellutri on January 19, 2012

Florida bicycle accident attorneyA Florida bicyclist was severely injured last month when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a Cape Coral resident. An investigation into the cause of the Florida bicycle accident revealed that the bike was not equipped with front and rear lamps, as required when operating on the roadway after
sunset.

This tragic Florida bicycle accident highlights the importance of bicycle safety, particularly when riding at night. Many Florida bicycle accidents happen during dusk or at night, due to traffic congestion and poor overall visibility.

Therefore, if you choose to bike at night, we recommend you keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Be sure your bike has reflectors. Each bike should have front and rear reflectors, pedal reflectors, and side rim or wheel reflectors.
  • Use front and rear lights to help make your bicycle more noticeable to cars at night. Small battery-operated lamps strapped to your legs also help.
  • Wear reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to automobile drivers. Wear a reflective vest, reflective bands on arms and legs, and reflectorized tape on helmet.
  • Always wear a good helmet with a rigid (but crushable) interior material, which may help absorb the force of an impact.
  • Never allow children to ride at night.
  • Avoid riding on dark, narrow roadways where the posted speed limit is more than 35 mph.

Source: CPSC

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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