Florida bicyclists are out on the roads no matter what season

Biking can be dangerous even on roads that aren’t extremely busy. Just one glance away from the roadway, even for a second, can cause a driver to careen into an unwitting, and virtually unprotected, cyclist. While helmets are an important accessory to help limit head injuries from a crash, the impact of a two-ton (or more) vehicle crashing into a bike and rider is almost sure to cause significant injuries, including fractures, cuts, internal injuries and head and neck injuries.
Thanks to its year-round pleasant climate, Florida bicyclists are out on the roads no matter what season it is, and so are drivers – both those who live in the state and the millions of vacationers who visit Florida every year.  According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2012 116 bicycle riders were killed in traffic accidents across the state and 6,058 bicyclists were injured in non-fatal crashes. That’s over 17 bicycle crashes every day and roughly one death every three days in Florida.  Even more alarmingly is the rise is those statistics: In 2010, the state reported 4,925 bicycle crashes resulting in 4,600 injuries and 76 deaths – all substantially lower than those recorded in 2012.
Most traffic accidents involving bicycles occur as a result of driver distraction, and some authorities believe the increase in accidents, injuries and deaths, at least in part, may be due to an increase in texting among the state’s drivers.  According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers who text are 23 times more likely to have a crash than those who do not text. That’s at least partly because taking your eyes off the road for even five seconds – the minimal amount of time it takes to engage in texting – is like driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
Most bicycle crashes result in injuries, many of which are serious. When the crash occurs through someone else’s negligence, there’s no reason you should have to pay any accident-related bills. The best thing to do is to hire a Tampa accident attorney skilled in personal injury cases as soon as possible to protect your rights as an injured party.
At the Baird Law Group, we have successfully handled claims of personal injury victims, including those injured in bicycle accidents, for over ten years. If you’ve been involved in an accident while riding your bike, or if you’ve been in any type of accident where the driver was texting, we want to be sure your rights are protected. Visit our website at https://bairdlawgroup.com/ and call us today at 813-849-2679 to schedule your consultation.