Bicycle accidents and injuries in Sarasota occur for a number of reasons including: distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, and even dog attacks. While not much attention has been given to dog-related bicycle accidents like the other factors listed above, surprisingly, dogs have caused a number of Florida bicycle accidents.
When dogs are off their leashes, they can suddenly appear in front of bicycles or attack cyclists without warning. In either event, cyclists often crash and suffer serious injuries as a result of dogs roaming free. Shockingly, these types of Sarasota bicycle injuries can be quite serious and even life-altering.
A Closer Look at Leash Laws
Although the state of Florida does not have a statewide leash law, there are certain counties and cities in the state that have leash laws in place. For example, Sarasota County requires dog owners to have their dogs on leashes when in common areas, on public property, or on someone else’s property. Keeping dogs on leashes not only protects cyclists, but leashes can help protect dogs who suddenly want to dart away.
When pet owners violate the leash law and allow their dogs to walk freely, they can be liable for any harm their dogs cause to others. Because there are such laws in place, injured bicyclists have a right to seek compensation for their physical and financial injuries.
If you have suffered an injury due to a dog roaming freely, contact an experienced Sarasota bicycle injury attorney who is familiar with the local leash laws. The Mallard Law Firm can help you hold the dog’s owner accountable for your medical bills and other damages. Contact us today at 888-409-3805 for a free initial consultation to get your questions answered.