The number of bicyclists on the road has gone up in recent years, and as a result, so have the number of accidents involving cyclists. Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that the State of Florida is the deadliest state in the U.S. when it comes to bicycle accidents .
Florida’s per capita death rate for cyclists is 6.2 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to the most recent data. The nationwide statistics reported by the NHTSA showed that the number of cyclists who were killed on the road by motorists went up 34 percent between the years 2010 and 2016.
The Tampa Bay region was reported as being the most dangerous metropolitan area for bicyclists in the nation, with 7 deaths per 100,000 residents. Pinellas County was named as the deadliest part of this region. The Jacksonville area was second to the Tampa Bay region for the most cyclist deaths. Two other Florida metropolitan areas, Orlando and Miami, came in as third and fourth in the nation. The high rate of cyclist deaths in these areas can be attributed to several factors, including (but not limited to) a densely packed population, many elderly drivers and the constant influx of tourists unfamiliar with the roads and traffic patterns.
In reviewing the data issued by the NHTSA, it is interesting to note the disparity between the top three states reported and the rest of the country. The top three states alone, including Florida, California and Texas made up for 40 percent of total cyclist deaths nationwide.
These figures bring one to ask why Florida has such a high rate of cyclist fatalities compared to other regions. Many factors play into this high rate of cyclist fatalities that are unique to both Florida as a whole, and the Tampa Bay region. These factors include a dense population, increased drivers of an older age and tourists who are not familiar with the roads and the area. With many retirees, these individuals may not be accustomed to sharing the road with cyclists, and this lack of awareness can result in a catastrophic accident when one of these drivers collides with a cyclist sharing the road right beside him or her.
An inherent danger comes along with being a cyclist and sharing the road with motorists. There are safety tips cyclists can follow to help avoid an accident with a car . But given the size of the vehicle and the speed of which they travel, along with the fact that a cyclist has essentially very little to protect him or her from the road, being struck at even a low rate of speed can cause serious injuries. If the motorized vehicle happens to be traveling at a higher speed, the cyclist’s injuries can be severe to catastrophic.
Know Your Rights in an Orlando Bicycling Accident
Bicyclists have a higher risk of a crash-related injury or death than those traveling in a motor vehicle. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a bicycle-car accident, it is important to know your rights. Contact an experienced Orlando Bicycle Accident Lawyer immediately. The preservation of evidence, opinions of expert witnesses, effective use of discovery and an immediate and thorough investigation of the accident scene are all vital to your claim. At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, we can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Please fill out our FREE case review form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail or call us today for a free case evaluation at (407) 422-4529. We offer a free legal consultation at your home, office, hotel or hospital. Se Habla Español .