In recent years, Florida has consistently ranked as the most dangerous state in the country for pedalcyclists. Pedalcyclists primarily consist of bicyclists, but individuals riding other types of non-motorized cycles, such as unicyclists or tricyclists, are included in this category as well.
2016 statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal just how dangerous Florida roads are for cyclists:
- Florida had 6.7 pedalcyclist fatalities per million residents, which is the highest rate in the nation.
- There were 138 pedalcyclist fatalities in Florida, lower only than California’s 147 fatalities. Considering California has nearly double the population, however, it is clear that the number of deaths in Florida disproportionately high.
- 3 percent of Florida’s traffic fatalities were pedalcyclists, which is nearly double the national average of 2.2 percent.
There are several common causes of bicycle accidents, including:
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless or aggressive driving, such as speeding
- Failure to yield or stop for cyclists
- Poor roadway maintenance
- Limited or no crosswalks or bicycle lanes
- Faulty bicycle design
Innocent victims of bicycle accidents are often forced to face extensive medical bills, long-term injuries, permanent disability, or death. By filing a claim against the negligent party, victims and their families have the opportunity to be compensated for the pain and suffering they endured.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, you can turn to the personal injury lawyers of Baron & Herskowitz for the legal representation you need. Consultations can be requested through an online contact form or, for a more immediate response, by calling the office directly at (305) 670-0101.