South Florida Bike Accident Lawyers
Whether they are used as a mode of transportation or simply for recreational use, there’s no doubt bicycles are popular. Unfortunately, no matter how safe a rider you are, riding a bicycle is a dangerous activity, and there are numerous accidents, injuries and deaths that occur daily to bicycle riders.
Florida’s weather is perfect for taking a bike ride. In fact, the state’s climate is a major reason why Florida is one of the deadliest states for cyclists. According to an article by USA Today, people in Florida have a tendency to spend more of their time outside due to the pleasant weather. Ultimately, this type of exposure increases an individual’s risk for a bicycle accident. Other contributing factors to Florida’s alarming statistics of bicycle fatalities include the population’s growth rate and the lack of education statewide pertaining to bike and pedestrian safety. In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 618 fatalities and an additional 52,000 injured as a result of bike riding. Of the 618 fatalities, 83 occurred in Florida. The state accounts for more than 13% of the nation’s cyclist fatalities and has the second highest number of bike deaths in the nation.
The majority of bicycle accidents occur due to a collision with an automobile. However, a defective model of a bike or one that has been repaired improperly can cause bicycle accidents as well. Most of the time, bicycle accidents caused by vehicles are because the automobile driver can’t see the bike rider. Bicycle Safe discusses 10 different types of collisions that cause bike accidents and how they can be avoided. Some of the most common scenarios include:
- A car pulling out of a drive way or parking lot on the ride side of the road fails to see the cyclist and hits him
- The driver of a vehicle opens his door just as a cyclist is coming, causing the cyclist to crash into the driver’s door
- A bicyclist is crossing a street and just as he is reaching the other side, a driver fails to yield and makes a right hand turn into the cyclist
Bicycle accidents may result in terrible injuries. The most common injuries endured are brain damage from not wearing a helmet, fractures, cuts, scrapes, and bruises. In order to prevent more serious injuries, bicycle riders should wear a helmet. According to a Canadian study conducted in 2012, individuals not wearing helmets are 3 times more likely to die from head injuries than those who do wear a helmet. Individuals usually do not wear helmets because they are bulky, unattractive, and mess up hair. Fortunately, technology is offering a promising solution. An invention from Sweden known as the Hövding, is an invisible helmet worn around the neck. The helmet is actually an airbag for your head, which is only visible if you are involved in an accident.
Further, cyclists should be aware of safety precautions whenever they take a ride. The following are safety measure offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Avoid busy roads
- Use headlights and rear lights on your bike
- Look before you make a turn
- Obey all traffic laws
- Signal your turns
- Avoid using music players and mobile phones
Should you or someone you know be injured on a bicycle, please feel free to contact the Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach County bicycle accident lawyers. Our firm has extensive experience handling bicycle accidents that result from negligence of others, including cyclists struck by car, truck drivers who fail to see the rider, and bike riders struck by cars failing to yield the right of way. We also handle cases resulting from vehicles hitting, sideswiping, or cutting off a bicycle rider and those suffered due to design or manufacturing defect of the bicycle itself.
Contact the Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. immediately to speak to a qualified bicycle accident lawyer about your case. We are Coral Springs bicycle accident lawyers prepared to help you deal with this sensitive matter and develop a plan to protect your interests and for us to do our best to try to maximize your compensation.