Cyclists can be at a disadvantage when it comes to sharing the road with other vehicles, especially in Florida. Recent reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the Sunshine State has one of the highest bicycling death rates in the country with an average of 100 deaths every year. While many states have implemented strategies to reduce the percentage of victims dying in bicycle accidents, Florida hasn’t done much to improve the situation. Contact an Aventura bicycle accident attorney if you have been involved in a bicycle accident and would like to claim your legal rights.
Recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have proven how dangerous Florida is for cyclists. In fact, we are ranked as the most dangerous state to ride a bicycle. But why is that? We have more roads than other states and also d fair weather all year round. Furthermore, Sunshiners like using bikes to commute to work, sports, and family trips. While most of these accidents are common among children, adults can also get involved in them.
There are laws in Florida that list the requirements for cyclists including when they should wear helmets, how they should use the road, etc. Drivers should also follow some rules and respect cyclists. They must drive safely and never endanger other drivers and cyclists that share the road. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you should hire an experienced an Aventura bicycle accident attorney well-versed in Florida bicycle law.
Florida roads are also the worst for cyclists and pedestrians. Although the Florida Department of Transportation has been confronted about the safety of our roads, our roads are still very unsafe. They came up with the idea of designing narrower roads because a narrow road encourages drivers to slow down. But designers didn’t think much about cyclists or pedestrians. They only focused on getting people to downtown and back. Consequently, Florida has become one of the most dangerous states to ride a bike or go for a walk.
Regardless of the high number of fatalities, Florida still gets points for driving education programs. We hope that in the coming years more programs to help lower a number of fatalities will be implemented. There is always room for improvement.
The first thing you should do after a bicycle accident is to get medical care and contact your attorney. You should wait for the police to arrive and fill out the police report. Get the contact information of all parties involved in the accident and take useful photographs. An experienced attorney can help you obtain fair compensation.
When drivers fail to observe traffic laws, resulting in an accident and severe injuries to the cyclists, it’s their responsibility to compensate the victim for causing such unsafe conditions. Contact us today and schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!