Pedaling a bicycle on a smooth road could be an enjoyable experience. Regrettably, not all bridges, roads, and driveways in Florida are in excellent condition. A bicyclist might face some dangers when riding over potholes or other imperfections. A mishap on a dilapidated bridge reveals the sad and tragic consequences bicyclists could suffer when falling victim to poor infrastructure or design problems.
A fatal bridge incident draws public attention
When traveling with friends over a Florida drawbridge, a 60-year-old bicyclist hit a joint that caught a tire. Upon losing control of the bike after hitting the joint, the bicyclist veered into the direction of a passing car. The collision led to the bicyclist’s death.
The tragic death caught people’s attention, and some wonder why the local municipality allowed such a hazard to remain. Some may wonder if anyone is legally liable for the death. When a local government allows dangerous hazards to remain, liabilities could fall on the municipality’s shoulders.
Seeking compensation after bicycle accidents
The average bicycle commute might not involve traveling over a drawbridge, but any route could lead to a disastrous mishap. Disastrous bicycle accidents may happen in a mall’s parking lot because the management did not fix potholes, cracks, and other damage in the asphalt. Any cyclist injured due to the property owner’s neglect might have an insurance claim.
A car’s driver might be responsible for a bike accident. Drunk and distracted drivers may not see a bicyclist until it is too late. Similarly, a bicyclist who ignores traffic laws and reasonable safety could face a lawsuit after a collision.