316.2065 (9) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
As such, a bicyclist is essentially considered a pedestrian when operating a bicycle on a sidewalk and crosswalk. It is important for all drivers to be on the look out for bicyclists in the community whether the bicyclist / cyclist is a toddler, child, teen, adult, or competitive cyclist of any age. Florida weather permits bicycle riding year round. As such, drivers should always be on the lookout for cyclist at all times. Unfortunately, far too many bicyclist are injured every year due to the negligent driving of others and / or distracted driving of others.
In Middleburg, Florida and other Florida communities, there are bicyclists on and near the roads on a daily basis throughout the year. All drivers should proceed with caution any time that a child is on or near the roadway as a bicyclist or a pedestrian. When a child suffers serious personal injuries or dies as a result of a bicycle accident or incident, there are a number of issues that can be involved with the aftermath of such a tragedy. In Florida, legal cases involving children are handled differently than legal cases on behalf of adults. Because of this, it is important that a parent seek legal counsel from an experienced Florida Child Injury Lawyer. Here are some of the issues or questions that arise when a child suffers injuries as a result of a bicycle accident:
Was the accident avoidable on the part of the driver?
Did the driver have the opportunity to see the child bicyclist prior to the bicycle accident?