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Bicyclists should not ride against the flow of traffic

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Oct 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bicyclists should not ride against the flow of traffic.

I'm an avid bicyclist and bike accident attorney here in Central Florida. The other day I received a phone call  from a guy who was hit by a car while riding his bike.  He was severely injured and he was very upset because the police officer put him at fault for the accident on the crash report.

This is what happened. The bicyclist was riding against traffic and inside the fog line.  You know the fog line, the white line on the right side of the roadway.  In this story,  a car that was making a right hand turn out of a shopping center clipped the bicyclist causing him to go airborne, landing on the hood of the car and then the ground.

Do you think the bicyclist was at fault for the accident?  Why did police officer put him at fault?

Well let's think about this for a  moment.  Picture yourself driving your car.  You are coming up to a main thoroughfare and you're about to make a right turn.  You stop at the stop sign and what do you do.  You look to the left – its clear.  You do not anticipate somebody coming at you from the right.  You begin to move and then you look to the right and many times it's too late.  In this case the driver didn't expect a bicycle coming up on the inside of the lane closest to him.

In the end, I believe both parties were somewhat at fault for this crash.  The bicyclist for not riding with the flow of traffic and the driver for not looking both ways before taking his foot off of the brake and pulling out. The bicyclist will probably be able to receive some recovery but any recovery will be reduced by his percentage of fault.

If you have any questions about a Central Florida bicycle accident, you can call this Leesburg, Florida  bike accident lawyer anytime

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I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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