Bicycle accidents are often fatal or involve catastrophic injuries because of the vulnerability of the rider, even if the rider wears protective gear such as helmets, knee and elbow pads and gloves. For the most part, a bicyclist must adhere to the same rules of the road as motor vehicles. Drivers of those motor vehicles don’t necessarily treat bicyclists as equals, however. Many accidents result from the negligence of motor vehicle drivers.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, contact a Fort Myers bicycle accident attorney at Viles & Beckman, LLC, for a free consultation.
Florida Bicycle Accident Laws Statistics
Because of the climate in Florida, many people ride bicycles. Some commute to work by bike. Some ride for fitness. And some just love taking to the roads by bike to enjoy the Sunshine States.
No matter why you ride, if you do it on Florida roads you must follow the same basic rules of the road that motorized vehicles must follow, including signaling, obeying traffic signs and lights and riding in the proper lanes.
Unfortunately, even when bicyclists follow the rules of the road, accidents happen. In 2017, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida bicyclists were involved in 6,675 crashes, of which 128 were fatal.