Because more children will be on the roads riding their bicycles in just a few weeks, our attorneys feel it is an appropriate time to remind motorists and parents to take steps to protect their children from the risk of bicycle accidents. As school becomes a distant memory and the days grow longer, more children pull out their bicycles to spend the beautiful summer days riding from one friend’s house to another or from their home to the park. Bicyclists face an increased risk of being injured in a traffic-related accident because of distracted drivers, road debris, slick surfaces, traffic, and other hazards. However, when we increase the number of bicycle riders on our roads each summer, we increase the risk of a bicycle accident. […]
Bicycle Accidents in South Florida
Since August, at least four bicycle accidents in south Florida have resulted in the death or critical injury of the bicyclist. In each case, the bicycle accident was the result of a collision with a motor vehicle. In August 2015, a hit-and-run driver in Fort Lauderdale, FL critically injured a bicyclist when the car’s left front bumper collided with the bicycle. In September 2015, a boy was struck and an adult was killed in two separate bicycle accidents. A 9-year old boy was struck by a vehicle while standing beside his bicycle in Coral Gables, FL and a 46-year old man was killed when a minivan struck his bicycle in Pompano Beach, FL.
Just last month on November 9, 2015, a bicyclist and the driver of a stolen vehicle were both killed in a collision in Miami, FL. According to a report prepared by the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan, the bicycle fatality rate in Florida during 2011 was triple the national average. In 2013, Florida had the second highest bicycle fatality rates with 133 deaths. The most common cause of bicycle accidents is a collision with a motor vehicle. […]