Recognize Bicycle Safety Month by Taking Extra Precautions on the Road

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With rising pedal-cyclist fatality rates, leading Tampa Bay personal injury attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. encourage bicyclists to review precautionary safety measures to stay safe

Clearwater bicycle accident lawyer

Casey K. Carlson

Our practice believes recognizing bicycle safety awareness month is extremely important in the area we live in

The month of May in Florida is a spectacular time for outdoor activities, including cycling, water sports and days at the park. With an increased number of bike riders on the road enjoying the mild weather, drivers should take extra precaution to ensure the safety of pedal-cyclists. The month of May has been deemed bicycle safety month after studies have shown a consistent increase in pedal-cyclist fatalities over the years. This month, take a moment to review the rules of the road and learn how to be a “Roll Model”.

The most up-to-date research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the greatest percent of pedal-cyclist fatalities in 2013 occurred at non-intersections during the hours of 6:00 pm- 8:59 pm. In 29 percent of the reported crashes, either the driver or the pedal-cyclist was found to have a BAC of .08 g/dL or higher.

Foremost personal injury attorney at the law offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., Casey K. Carlson, remarks, “Our practice believes recognizing bicycle safety awareness month is extremely important in the area we live in. Many families have been negatively affected by an unfortunate accident involving a vehicle and a bicyclist. If you find yourself in need of representation, our firm’s experience allows us to handle each case with tenacity and compassion.” Carlson has been exclusively representing plaintiffs in personal injury disputes for more than 20 years

Important things to keep in mind as a driver in Florida are to share the road with bicyclists: Be courteous, and allow at least three feet of space. Be especially wary when making left and right handed turns, you may miss a cyclist in your blind spot. As a pedal-cyclist it is important to remember that wearing a properly fitted helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injuries in the case of an accident. Additionally, as a bicyclist you are considered a vehicle operator and must obey all the rules of the road, including traffic markings, signals, signs, and lane markings.

The established Tampa Bay law practice of Carlson Meissner invites clients seeking representation or assistance in personal injury, DUI defense, Social Security disability, criminal defense, workers' compensation, immigration, or family law matters to visit their website at CarlsonMeissner.com to learn more about the services provided, or call 877-728-9653 to schedule a free consultation.

About Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett , P.A.
The law firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. was founded in 1971 by attorneys Ed Carlson and Paul Meissner. For more than four decades, they have been committed to protecting the injured and defending the accused. With a focus on personal injury, they help victims of auto accidents, slip and falls and wrongful death accidents. The firm is well-known for their innovative criminal defense and DUI defense work, defending both local and high-profile clients. Attorney and Partner Kevin Hayslett is widely recognized as The Attorney to the Stars, providing strong legal representation for notable celebrities and dignitaries throughout Florida. The firm also handles social security disability, workers compensation, divorce, family law and immigration cases. Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. have five convenient Tampa Bay Area locations, including Tampa, Spring Hill, Bradenton and Clearwater. Free consultations are offered and attorneys are available 24/7 for emergencies. For more information about the firm or Attorney Kevin Hayslett, visit them online at CarlsonMeissner.com, or call 877-728-9653 to schedule a free consultation.

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