Personal Injury Blog

Does the Slow Speed Impediment Statute Apply to Cyclists in Florida?

Many drivers and bicyclists in Florida are unfamiliar with the slow speed impediment statute. Those familiar with the statute might assume that it applies to cyclists and motorists. That is not the case. The slow speed impediment statute does not apply to cyclists in Florida. However, other laws do apply to cyclists when they are… read more

Cyclists Tip: Stack Uninsured Motorist Coverage Onto Your Auto Policy

Cyclists involved in automobile accidents can sustain catastrophic and life-threatening injuries. A bicyclist does not have the protection of a metal frame and airbags when struck by a motor vehicle. Stacking uninsured motorist coverage on your auto policy could help you cover the expenses caused by a negligent driver. What Is Uninsured Motorist Coverage? Florida… read more

Can a Cyclist Wear Headphones While Riding a Bike in Florida?

Music can make a long commute or workout more bearable. You might want be tempted to add headphones if you use your bike to exercise or travel to work. However, wearing headphones while cycling isn’t only a bad idea from a safety standpoint — it’s also illegal. If a law enforcement officer catches you with… read more

When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Suffering injuries after an accident can be traumatic and life-altering. Victims in serious accidents carry the burden of their injuries along with financial losses and emotional distress. If a victim seeks to recover from insurance, adjusters at these companies can be another contributing factor to a victim’s stress following their accident.  Insurance claims adjusters seek… read more

Can E-Bikes or Electric Bicycles Be Ridden On Florida Sidewalks?

According to Florida Statute §316.20655, an electric bicycle or the rider of an electric bicycle has all the rights and privileges of a bicycle or bicyclist. The statute allows an electric bicycle to be operated anywhere bicycles can ride, including but not limited to: Highways Shoulders Streets Roadways Bicycle and multi-use paths Bicycle lanes Therefore,… read more

Five Things to Know About Car Accident Settlement Agreements in Tampa Bay

Car accidents are unfortunately inevitable in our fast-paced world. Typical causes of car accidents in Florida are distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding.  Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to car insurance. This means that if you are in a car accident that involves another car, a truck, a motorcycle, or even an… read more

How Often Should a Cyclist Replace Their Bike Helmet?

While everyone is aware of the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet, many cyclists are unaware helmets must also be replaced every so often.  Benefits of Wearing a Bicycle Helmet From the time children are taught to ride bikes, they are also taught the importance of wearing a helmet. Helmets can provide significant protection from… read more

Traffic and Red Light Cameras in Tampa Bay

A recent article in Scientific American analyzed whether red light cameras actually make streets safer. Using available data, the article concluded that while red light cameras, which automatically take photographs of drivers who run red lights, did reduce the incidence of red light violations, their overall effect on safety was questionable.  Specifically, the article found… read more

Bicycle Accidents in Florida: A Client Testimonial 

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there were 6,403 bicycle accidents across the state in 2021. Those accidents resulted in 195 fatalities and a significantly higher number of injuries. Unfortunately, when a bicyclist is involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, the bicyclist usually suffers the brunt of… read more

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers Sponsors St. Pete High Football 

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers is thrilled to be an official sponsor of the St. Petersburg High School Football Program. Firm partner John C. Austin is a proud alum of SPHS, having graduated from the school in 2000. He is also a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. John said of the sponsorship, “It’s… read more