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The Risk for Bicyclists in Florida

As any Florida bicycle accident lawyer will tell you, Bicyclists are often victims of personal injury due to auto accidents. They are not only difficult to spot at certain times, but they are also at risk on main roads and side streets.

Statistics

According to cdc.gov, the risk of crash-related injury and death is much higher for bicyclists than it is for drivers, even though only 1% of all trips are taken via bicycle in the United States.

Statistics show that the highest bicycle death rates involve teenagers ranging from age 15-19 and adults over the age of 40. More than one third of all bicycle-related injuries seen throughout the United States involve adolescents and young adults ranging from age 5-24.

Based off statistics, most of these deaths and injuries occur in urban areas and non-intersections.

Additionally, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (www.iihs.org), roughly 2% of motor vehicle crash deaths are bicyclists and over 80% of bicycle deaths involve young adults 20 or older.

Data which can be found through the U.S. Department of Transportation indicates that head injuries are most common among fatally injured bicyclists, yet no more than 17% of these bicyclists are wearing helmets.

Helmet use is estimated to reduce the odds of head injury by 50% and the odds of face or neck injury by over 30%. When a helmet law is enforced, the odds of a bicyclist wearing a helmet is roughly 4 times higher. Currently, 21 states and the District of Columbia enforce helmet laws, yet the many of these laws only apply to young bicyclists.

Prevention

In addition to proper bicycling helmets and helmet laws enforced for individuals of all ages, active bicycle lighting and vibrant clothing for better rider visibility is highly suggested.

Proper lighting and clothing for bicyclists include:

highly fluorescent attention grabbing clothing items or fluorescent shoes
flashing or retro-reflective clothing items active bicycle lighting or reflectors on the front and back of your bicycle especially when you are riding late at night

Fluorescent clothing is helpful in making bicyclists more visible during the day, especially at far away distances. For night riders, retro-reflective clothing items are recommended.

Bicycle lighting usually consists of white lights for the front of the bicycle and red lights for the rear of the bicycle. This not only helps drivers to see the bicyclists, but also helps the bicyclists vision too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers many resources for bicyclists including a death and injury prevention calculator. This is referred to as the Motor Vehicle Prioritizing Interventions and Cost Calculator for States, and was created to help state officials to prioritize and select from effective vehicle prevention interventions.

MV PICCS calculates the expected amount of injuries which can prevented and lives which can be saved at this state level, in addition to the total costs of implementation, while also offering additional resources.

The additional resources which can be found through cdc.gov are listed below:

  • CDC's HEADS UP: Helmet Safety Program
  • CDC's HEADS UP: Helmet Safety Mobile App
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Bicycles
  • Nation Center For Safe Routes To School
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center

Speak with a Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney

Bicycle Accident Lawyers help many individuals each year and can work with you on even the slightest collisions.

If you or someone you know has suffered personal injury due to a bicycle accident, contact a Florida bicycle accident lawyer now by calling the Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier PLLC, or by visiting: Florida Accident Law Help.

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