Edward Lewis was seriously injured when he was struck on his bicycle by an SUV driven by Jacob Feaster on Nebraska Ave near Emily St.  The accident occurred before sunrise and Lewis did not have lights on his bicycle.  Florida Statute 316.2065, titled “Bicycle regulations,” provides that “Every bicycle in use between sunset and sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a lamp and reflector on the rear each exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear.”  The failure of a person to wear a bicycle helmet may not be considered evidence of negligence or contributory negligence in a claim for personal injuries arising from a bicycle accident.

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