A recent report named Florida the most dangerous state to ride a bike.
In 2019, 846 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. Nearly 50,000 bicyclists were injured in 2019. The report was based off of NHTSA’s 2017 data which noted 783 cyclists killed in traffic accidents, with Florida taking the lead with 125 bicycle deaths, according to a news report. That means Florida’s bicycle deaths accounted for 16% of bicycle fatalities nationwide.
If there is a collision between a car and a bicyclist, it’s most likely that the cyclist will be seriously injured. Many crashes can be avoided if drivers and cyclists follow the rules of the road and watch out for each other. By law, bicycles on the roadway are considered vehicles in Florida and have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers and cars – which means that you cannot bike against the flow of traffic, as many reportedly do according to the survey data above.
The 2 most common types of bike crashes, according to NHTSA, are falls and collisions with cars or other motor vehicles. One in 4 fatal bike crashes involved a bicyclist who had been drinking alcohol. Did you know you can get a DUI while riding a bike in Florida? Not only is it illegal, it’s incredibly dangerous. Most bike accident deaths happen between 6 – 9 p.m.
Another reason riding a bike in South Florida is so dangerous is the rate of uninsured drivers. More than 20% of drivers in Florida DO NOT have car insurance. That means that if you’re hit by a driver, there is a 1 in 5 chance that they have no type of insurance to cover your medical bills or pay for your pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries while riding a bike or an E-Bike in Florida, a personal injury lawsuit may be the only way that you can fully recover financially.
Many injured riders are eligible to seek compensation for the expenses related to the accident, including emergency medical treatment and long-term care needs, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and lost wages, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering.
The Law Office of Andrew G. Rosenberg, P.A. is here to help bicyclists and E-Bike riders who careless or negligent drivers injured start the process of financial recovery. If you were hurt in an E-Bike accident, you need to speak with an experienced Florida bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Please contact us online or call our Coral Springs office directly at (954) 755-7803 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve Florida residents, including all of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and all points in between.