Many residents of Florida enjoy walking or bicycling to get around and for exercise. Unfortunately, the state is one of the worst for bicyclists in terms of accidents, injuries and fatalities.
Why are bicycle accidents so prevalent in Florida?
Florida is known as one of the worst states for bicycle accidents. It ranks as the third-worst in cycling accidents following only Delaware and South Carolina. However, it also ranks as the worst state for fatalities stemming from bicycle accidents.
One of the biggest reasons behind these statistics is that drivers are often distracted or speed. Those habits behind the wheel can put anyone at risk of a serious accident, but bicyclists are particularly vulnerable.
Many drivers ignore bicycles sharing the roads with them. Giving at least three feet of space between a car and a bicycle is required, but many drivers disregard it. This increases the risk of an accident occurring that can leave the person on the bike seriously injured or even killed.
What are the most common types of bicycle accidents?
Sadly, many people riding bicycles who are struck by a car or other larger vehicle are likely to suffer serious injuries or may even die. Often, when a bicycle accident occurs, the driver doesn’t see them or disregards traffic laws.
Rear-ending is a type of accident where the cyclist can be thrown forward from the bike. It’s common after dark when the driver can’t see them.
Left-hand turn accidents occur when a car makes a left turn in front of a bicycle, hitting it from the side. This could result in the cyclist being struck or going over the side of the vehicle.
Dooring accidents occur when a car door suddenly opens while a bicycle is traveling on the bike path. The cyclist often tries to correct, which leads to an accident with oncoming traffic.
Drivers must operate their vehicles safely and respect bicyclists. If an accident occurs, they should be held liable.