In previous posts, we have discussed risks that bicyclists face in Florida, as well as tips for what riders can do to stay safer. Generally, these tips include making good decisions and following traffic laws.
However, some conditions can compromise even the safest rider’s safety. Among these are unsafe roads. Below, we look at what can make a road particularly dangerous for bicyclists and offer some suggestions on what do after an accident caused by these conditions.
Signs that a road may be unsafe
There are many types of roads that bicyclists may want to avoid. Some signs that a street may be hazardous include:
- The lack of a bike lane or so-called sharrow
- Narrow driving lanes
- Significant construction
- Road damage, including large potholes
- Inadequate signage or traffic signals
- Confusing navigation
- High traffic speeds
- Poor lighting at night
- Blind entrances
These and other conditions can make a street or stretch of road more dangerous for someone walking or biking.
Accidents on unsafe roads
While there are numerous bicycle facilities that aim to protect bicyclists, not all streets in Florida are safe. If a road does not have a bike-friendly design, it may be worth avoiding.
That said, the realization that a road is unsafe for bikers may not come until after a devastating accident. And sometimes there is no way for a rider to avoid a treacherous road. In these situations, it can be critical to determine who carries liability for dangerous conditions that cause an accident.
Depending on the details of a bike accident, the following parties may be held accountable:
- Government agencies, like the state, county or city responsible for road maintenance
- A property owner
- Construction companies
- Drivers who fail to comply with traffic laws
These can be complicated claims to pursue, but when the damages from a bicycle accident are serious, seeking compensation and legal remedies can be essential.