State law intended to prevent car-bike crashes

A new state law is intended to prevent car-bike crashes.

The law, which has now taken effect requires motorists to keep at least three feet of clearance as they pass bicyclists. Motorists will have to pay a $100-dollar fine if they don’t comply with the law.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, there were nearly five-thousand crashes between motorists and cyclists in Florida last year and those are just the reported crashes. It’s estimated that the actual number of car-bike crashes is four times higher.

The bicycle safety coordinator with the FDOT says the buffer zone should increase for motorists traveling at higher speeds. Drivers on a two-lane road should move into the oncoming lane, or slow down, as they pass a cyclist.

 

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Laura Hack

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Laura Hack is a paralegal with Terrell • Hogan. She has been with the firm since 1996 and has worked primarily for Wayne Hogan. She is an experienced Paralegal with 30+ years of working in the law practice industry. Skilled in Appeals, Civil Trial Litigation Support, Torts, Trial Practice, and Pleadings.