When a bicycle rider and motor vehicle collide, it often results in serious injuries for the cyclists, who have nowhere near the protection afforded to those riding in automobiles.
Often, these accidents occur because a motorist does not see a bike rider, or drivers try to pass cyclists and clip riders on their way by. Despite the fact that bikes have as much right to travel on Florida’s roads as cars, drivers do not always treat them equally. In fact, even when cities designate specific lanes for bikes only, some drivers still fail to yield to their space.
City takes positive steps
For Sarasota bike riders, there is some good news on the way. The city has announced plans to implement brighter and more obvious bike lanes to roads. The measure began on Old Bradenton Road in April, when workers added bright green material to the surface of the bike lanes. City officials hope that the new material will get the attention of motorists and keep them out of the bike lane.
Sarasota is not the first city to take this step. In fact, municipalities throughout the country are adding green bicycle lanes to their roads to help stop motorists from driving in them and reduce bicycle accidents. They are also meant to send a message to riders that the city is bike-friendly and they should feel comfortable using this alternative and eco-friendly form of transportation.
A bike accident could leave you with substantial injuries, causing you to miss work and experience a great deal of pain and suffering. For more information on your next steps after a crash, speak with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.