Fort Myers Cyclists Say Drivers Need to Be Educated On the 3 Feet Law

Fox 4 Now reported police seldom write citations for drivers passing too close to bicyclists in Fort Myers. According the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, only one ticket for unsafe passing of a cyclist was written in Lee and Collier counties in 2012. Statewide, there were only 84 tickets issued to motorists who passed cyclists at unsafe distances last year.

Fort Myers bicyclists say they feel drivers need to be educated about a cyclist’s rights to the road because many drivers don’t want to share the road. In 2006, Florida passed a law stating a motorist must give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist on the roadways. Not only is a driver breaking the law when he or she passes a cyclist at a distance less than three feet, the driver is increasing the odds of severely injuring or killing the bicyclist. 

Lee County has seen a 22 per cent increase in bike crashes since 2011.The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reported there were 152 bike crashes in Lee County last year. Tragically, there were two fatalities resulting from these collisions.

When a bicyclist is injured or killed in an accident caused by a driver’s negligence, the victim or the victim’s survivors may pursue a claim for financial compensation to cover medical bills, damages, funeral costs and pain and suffering. A knowledgeable attorney can assist in making a negligence determination and pursing a claim against the driver on behalf of a victim or survivor.

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Jim Dodson
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A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.
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