What are the Legal Rights of an Injured Child Bicyclist in Florida?

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In Florida, children are the unfortunate victims of serious personal injuries from bicycle accidents. Some result from the negligence of drivers. Some result from the negligence of the child. In some accidents, the accident is caused by a combination of the negligence of the driver and the child. Florida law provides that children under the age of 6 years old cannot be held to be negligent as a matter of law. In other words, a child under the age of 6 years old cannot be blamed for a particular accident or incident.

There is no set legal age at which a child is permitted to ride a bicycle in the community. It all depends on the child’s individual abilities and motor skills. When there is doubt as to the child’s ability to safely ride his or her bicycle in the neighborhood or from one place to another, it is often times advisable to have parental supervision. All children should wear a bicycle helmet. Injuries can take place in the driveway of the child’s own home or during a longer bicycle ride.

Since children do not always use good judgment when riding bicycles, drivers should slow down any time there is children in the area. When there is an unfortunate bicycle accident with a motor vehicle, the injuries can be quite serious. In some instances, the child tragically dies as a result of the accident.

When a child is injured in a Florida bicycle accident, there are often many issues and challenges faced by the injured child and the family. It is helpful to have the advice, consultation, and legal representation from a Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney or a Florida Child Injury Attorney. The attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. have been representing injured bicyclists and injured children since 1957. David Wolf, a partner in the law firm, is the author of the book – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Medical Bills / Medical Treatment, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

A recent bicycle accident was reported in Sarasota Florida. It was reported that a 5 year old boy was hit by a truck while riding in a crosswalk. The bicycle accident took place at the intersection of University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road. The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the accident and measured the truck’s skid marks at 151 feet. In evaluating and assessing the bicycle / truck accident, the FHP will investigate the posted speed limits, the number of lanes, the actions of the child bicyclist, the actions of the truck driver, witness statements, and other information. See Five Year Old Critically Injured in Bicycle Accident in Sarasota Florida.