Bicycle Safety In Florida
Riding a bicycle can be scary when motorists don’t follow the rules of the road. This is common in Florida and other states. Many drivers fail to share the road with cyclists, causing serious accidents.
Bike riders have no protection, which means bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries. If you are a bicyclist, your best course of action is to avoid getting involved in a crash at all costs. Here are some common causes of crashes as well as some safety tips when riding a bicycle in Florida.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents are pretty much caused the same way as car crashes. Some common causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failing to yield
- Following too closely
- Improper passing
Most bicyclist deaths happen in the evening, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. They are more likely to occur in urban areas (78%). Bicyclist deaths happened more often to men. The number of male fatalities was six times higher than that of females.
However, other motorists are not always the cause of accidents. Sometimes the bicyclist is at fault. In 2019, approximately 25% of fatal bicycle crashes were caused by bicyclists who were under the influence of alcohol.
Stay safe while riding a bicycle by following these tips:
- Choose the right size bike. Your bike should not be too big or too small.
- Make sure your bike works. Bikes are unsafe when brakes or other parts are not working properly.
- Wear the right equipment. A bike helmet is a must to protect your head. You should also wear bright, reflective clothing so you can be easily seen. Your bike should be equipped with lights and reflectors in the front and back.
- Plan your route. Try to ride in areas with little traffic. Opt for a bike path if possible.
- Follow traffic laws. Ride your bike as if you are driving a car. Stop at red lights and stop signs. Yield to other vehicles.
- Be predictable. Ride where you can be seen. Don’t pull out in front of vehicles and expect them to stop. Also, stay on the road. Drivers often don’t look for bicyclists on sidewalks.
- Stay alert. Keep your eyes on the road. Avoid using your phone or listening to music, which can be distracting.
- Improve your riding skills. Driving safely with vehicles takes experience. Start off in a safe area (such as a park) and once you gain experience, start riding in areas with more traffic.
Contact Us Today
Brain injuries can happen from any type of accident, but are especially common in car crashes. They can be long-lasting or even permanent, require a lot of medical care, and be very costly to treat.
The Florida bicycle accident attorneys at Meldon Law will help you deal with the insurance company after a bicycle accident. We will determine liability and ensure you are treated fairly. We have three offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, and Fort Lauderdale. Schedule a free consultation today. Fill out the online form or call (800) 373-3000.