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Bicycle Accidents

Coral Springs Bicycle Accident Attorneys

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Lauderhill, Deerfield Beach, Miramar, Coral Springs, and Broward County are locations where our personal injury law firm has represented bicycle accident victims. The best advice we can give you is: When riding a bicycle, be super careful! Whether 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.

Bike Accident Statistics and Facts

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. 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.

Causes of Bicycle Accidents

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 driveway or parking lot on the ride side of the road fails to see the cyclist and hits them
  • 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 they are reaching the other side, a driver fails to yield and makes a right-hand turn into the cyclist

Bike Accident Injuries

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.

How to Bike Safely

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.

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 or cell phones

Bicycle accidents are common in South Florida and can happen in even the safest of cities like Coral Springs. In an effort to reduce bicycle accidents, the city of Coral Springs has promoted the Move Over bicycle safety campaign. The campaign pertains to the Florida law requiring motor vehicles to give bicyclists 3 feet of space while passing them on the road.

Broward County has also taken measures to reduce bicycle accidents. With the help of Florida International University and Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the county has launched an application called BiKE Broward, where cyclists have the ability to map out their destinations according to the person’s best interest. The 5 types of routes offered are fast, short, have the least interaction with traffic, simple, and scenic. The bicyclists simply need to type in their start and end location, and the application will map out the route.

Further, Broward County has several parks with scenic bike trails for people interested in recreational biking.

The parks in Broward County with bike trails are a safe alternative for those biking for recreational purposes and are listed below:

  • Brian Piccolo Park located in Cooper City
  • C.B. Smith Park located in the city of Pembroke Pines
  • Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium located in the city of Lauderhill
  • Hollywood North Beach Park located in the city of Hollywood
  • Markham Park located in the city of Sunrise
  • Plantation Heritage Park located in the city of Plantation
  • Quiet Waters Park located in the city of Deerfield Beach
  • Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park located in the city of Ft. Lauderdale
  • Tradewinds Park located in the city of Coconut Creek
  • Tree Tops Park located in the city of Davie
  • T.Y. Park located in the city of Hollywood
  • Vista View Park located in the city of Davie
  • West Lake Park located in the city of Hollywood

Additionally, there are 60 neighborhood parks in the city of Coral Springs for people of all ages to enjoy. Some of the parks have nature trails or jogging/walking trails that can be used for bike riding as well.

Call Now to Discuss Your Case

Should you or someone you know be injured on a bicycle, please feel free to contact us. Our firm has extensive experience handling bicycle accidents that result from the negligence of others, including cyclists struck by a 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 a design or manufacturing defect on the bicycle itself.

We are 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.

Contact us now at (954) 833-1440 to speak to qualified Coral Springs bicycle accident lawyers about your case.

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