A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that Florida is one of the most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians and bicyclists. Along with Delaware, the Sunshine State is associated with high rates of accidents involving bike riders and people traveling on foot.
The NHTSA report and several other studies in recent years have brought greater attention to this issue, with advocates complaining that the state government is prioritizing the needs of motorists over bicyclists and pedestrians.
In one recent case, a prominent St. Lucie County cycling advocate was struck by a motorist while riding his bicycle. Despite the crash leading to serious injuries, the motorist was not issued a citation. The incident brought renewed fervor from local cycling activists asking for lawmakers to address the state’s safety crisis.
Why is Florida such a dangerous place for these accidents?
Some critics believe that Florida’s broad thoroughfares often create environments that are ideal for speeding and can result in unsafe conditions for those riding bikes or walking. By creating narrower roadways, some cities, such as Seattle, have been able to maximize urban density while creating streets that serve pedestrians and bicyclists, in addition to motorists. Some Florida activists would like to see these tactics implemented here.
Driver negligence is a common factor in bike and pedestrian accidents, and all motorist have a responsibility to be vigilant and avoid potentially deadly crashes. If you or someone close to you has been injured in one of these accidents, consult an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babbonni & Walsh right away.