In Florida, there is a common activity in every one of the 67 counties – children riding their bicycles. From toddlers on trikes to teens on mountain bikes and racers, children enjoy the freedom and exercise of riding their bicycles on and near Florida roads and streets. While it is a very enjoyable and normally healthy activity to participate in, it can also be quite dangerous. The truth is that the road is filled with drivers who are in a hurry and drivers who are distracted. Just a second of inaction or carelessness behind the wheel of a motor vehicle can have drastic and life altering effects on the child bicyclist. As such, it is vital that ALL DRIVERS be on the look out for the child bicyclist in the community. A child bicyclist can be seen in a variety of locations from the driveway to the neighborhood to busy streets and parking lots. Wherever you see a child bicyclist, SLOW DOWN and MAKE SURE that the child is not put in harm’s way. Safety awareness and attention are keys to protecting our children in the community who are bicyclists / cyclists.
If a child bicyclist is hit by a motor vehicle while riding a bicycle, the family of the child can pursue a legal case or claim on behalf of the injured child. There are four essential elements to prove in a Florida Bicycle Injury Case as follows: