Since March is Bike Month in Florida, it seems appropriate to write a blog article regarding Florida's extremely high rate of bicycle accidents. There are many interesting facts regarding Florida bicycle accidents including:
- Most bicycle accidents occur between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
- Most bicycle accidents occur due to driver error. The most common reason is a driver failing to yield to a bicyclist.
- Wednesday is the most common day for bicycle accidents.
- The average age of an at-fault driver in an auto/bicycle accident is the early 20's or mid 40's.
- 75% of bicycle accident fatalities among children could be prevented by wearing helmets.
- Traumatic brain injuries from bicycle-related accidents account for about 27% of hospital visits for children ages 5 to 14.
Florida's Three Foot Rule:
According to Florida law, motorists are required to keep a distance of three feet between their vehicles and a bicycle. The rule is difficult to enforce because it can be hard to tell exactly how far three feet is from your car door. Also in Florida:
- Bicyclists can ride two abreast on the roadway.
- Bicyclists must follow the same signs and signals as motorists.
- Sidewalk cycling is the most dangerous way to cycle.
Injuries from a Florida Bicycle Accident:
In Florida, children under 16 are required to wear helmets that have been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or another nationally recognized organization. Most fatalities result from head injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Other injuries from Florida bicycle accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Herniated discs
- Muscle strain/sprain
- Abrasions-road rash
What to do After a Florida bicycle Accident:
Following are some of the steps you can take after a Florida bicycle accident:
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Request that an ambulance takes you to the hospital.
- Report the accident to the police.
- Take down names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.
- Be mindful of what you say and consult with a lawyer before making any statements.
- Take photographs of the accident scene.
Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida:
Some cities in Florida have taken steps to make their communities friendlier to bicyclists. Unfortunately, there are still far too many bicycle accidents in our state. If you have sustained injuries in a Sarasota or Bradenton bicycle accident due to the negligence of a motor vehicle operator, please contact the bicycle accident attorneys at the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A. at (941) 218-8220 to schedule a free initial consultation.