Do bicycle riders have to yield to pedestrians in Florida?
A: Bicycle riders have to yield to pedestrians in the state of Florida. This is because pedestrians are much more vulnerable to injury than drivers and bicyclists in the event of a collision.
Vehicle drivers must yield and give right of way to pedestrians, and so must bicyclists. This is true whether the bicycle is riding on a sidewalk or road.
In Florida, pedestrians always have the right of way. Therefore, a bicyclist must give an audible signal before passing a pedestrian. If a bicyclist hits a pedestrian, he may be held responsible for any injuries sustained.
An accident involving a pedestrian or bicyclist can have devastating consequences. Most such accidents are the result of bicyclists being inattentive or negligent. However, pedestrians must also act responsibly and can be held liable or partially liable for an accident with a bicyclist if their own actions contributed to or caused the collision to take place.
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