It’s certainly a dubious distinction for the Sunshine State: Florida recently took the number one spot in the nation in a AAA ranking of the most fatal bicycle accidents per sate.
According to the report, Florida had nearly 800 deaths from bicycle accidents in 2017, the most recent year for which there is complete information. That topped every other state in the country.
What makes Florida so dangerous for cyclists?
There are a variety of reasons that add up to make Florida a uniquely dangerous place for bicyclists. According to AAA, the most common causes of cycling accidents generally tend to be poor lighting and a failure by drivers to yield the right of way.
There are some larger cities in Florida that are not particularly accommodating to their cyclists. Because Florida’s large cities aren’t as pedestrian- and cyclist-heavy as some other large cities in the nation, drivers aren’t looking out for them as much. Drivers doo not obey laws that protect cyclists and give them equal rights on the road, which means law enforcement agencies must do more to not just enforce these laws, but raise awareness of them.
There are also issues in a lot of Florida cities with a lack of bike lanes and other safety protections and features designed to give bicyclists an easier, safer commute.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver in Florida, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and suffering. To learn more, contact a trusted Bradenton personal injury lawyer with Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh.