Florida, known for its vibrant culture and scenic landscapes, is unfortunately also recognized for some of the most dangerous roads in the country. Every year, countless lives are affected by crashes on the roads, leaving families shattered and communities grieving. As we observe the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, it’s essential to reflect on the impact these tragedies have had on our lives and reaffirm our commitment to road safety.
There are some big changes effecting Florida bicyclists starting July 1, 2021. On June 29, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 950, addressing bicycle and pedestrian safety, into law. I wrote about the initial version of this bill back in March when it was introduced in the Senate, along with its companion bill in the House. The bill was modified as it travelled through committees for its final votes, passing both the Senate and House. Here is what the final version will now mean for Floridians.
Beginning July 1, 2020, Florida will join more than 20 other states that have a dedicated law for electric bicycles, or e-bikes. The new law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, also addresses some other much needed changes, such as legally classifying recumbent bicycles as bicycles.
If a Florida bicyclist is injured in a crash with a motor vehicle, like a car or truck, what are their options to get the medical bills paid? Thankfully in Florida, bicyclists actually have a few options.
I was out for a ride the other day and came across a confusing and dangerous section of road that isn’t uncommon here in South Florida. This time it wasn’t because of the drivers. It was due to the road design.
What was supposed to make driving safer appears to have the opposite effect. Technologies like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist could be giving drivers a false sense of security and causing them to reduce their concentration while driving.
My recent letter to the editor of the Sun Sentinel addressed the lack of safety concerns for pedestrians, cyclists, and even motorists on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In this video, I discuss what cyclists should know and do if they are involved in a crash with a car or other vehicle on the roadways in Florida.
So one day after work you purchased a commuter bicycle from the local bike shop and decided to take it for a spin around the neighborhood just as the sun is going down. Or you’ve got a top of the line road bike and decided to take off the reflectors to lighten the bike, figuring the rechargeable USB lights on either end of the bike are all you need. In either instance, you’d be breaking the law in Florida.
Time and time again, my father is always giving me some ‘secret’ information on something and he always prefaces it, in his thick Greek accent, with, “this is attorney client confidentiality.” I gave up years ago trying to explain how it wasn’t, partly because he didn’t care and partly because I wanted to hear this morsel of information. But it comes up often in my daily interactions, either as a result of my practice or in day-to-day life, that questions about confidentiality and privilege regarding attorney-client communications are raised.