People in Florida are fortunate that the pleasant weather allows them to bicycle year round. Bicycling is healthy, environmentally-friendly and, for some people, just plain fun. However, while only one percent of all trips in the nation are made by bike, bicyclists are more susceptible to injuries and fatalities if involved in an auto accident than occupants of an automobile.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1,000 individuals riding bikes died and nearly 467,000 were injured in accidents in 2015. The most bicycle fatalities involved those between the ages of 50 to 59. In addition, men were six times more likely to be killed in a bicycle accident and four times more likely to be hurt in a bicycle accident than women.
The most injuries involving bicyclists involved those between the ages of 5 to 19. Accidents involving bicyclists of those ages made up over one-third of emergency room visits due to bicycle accidents. The majority of fatal bicycle accident fatalities took place in urban areas. Finally, what may come as a surprise to some, the majority of bicycle accident fatalities did not take place at intersections.
As these statistics show, bicycling can be a dangerous activity, and many bicyclists may find themselves victims of auto accidents. It is up to drivers to remember that bicyclists have every right to share the roads, and they must drive cautiously around bicyclists. Bicycle unawareness can lead to serious accidents. Bicyclists who have been hit by a motor vehicle may want to determine whether they can take legal action against the responsible party by consulting a pedestrian auto accident injury lawyer.
Source: cdc.gov, “Bicycle Safety,” Accessed Oct. 21, 2017