The National Safety Council and the League of American Bicyclists designated May as National Bike Safety Month. Unfortunately, bicyclists face many dangers on the road. Bicyclists accounted for two percent of all traffic deaths and two percent of all crash-related injuries in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
This year, Bike to Work Week will be May 15th – 19th, with Bike to Work Day on May 19th. It is important that drivers and bicyclists are vigilant and aware of their surroundings while on the road. According to the League of American Bicyclists, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent between 2000 and 2013. In Florida, the number of commuters traveling on their bicycles is expected to rise this month due to the promotion of Bike Month with festivities such as Bike to Work Day.
The League of American Bicyclists also created a program called the Bicycle Friendly Community program. It provides a roadmap to improving conditions for bicycling and guidance to help provide safe accommodations for bicyclists. There are currently 416 communities recognized as Bicycle Friendly Communities nationwide, 23 of which are in Florida. Some of the Florida communities that are ranked are: Winter Park, Orlando, Tampa and Lakeland.
With a rise in bicycle commuters, it is not surprising that the number of bicyclist fatalities have also increased six percent since 2006. In 2015, 818 people died in bicycle-motor vehicle accidents, that is more than two people every day. Out of those 818 people, 726 of those were the bicyclists, according to the NHTSA. The average age of bicyclists being killed in crashes is 45 years old and 88 percent of those killed are males.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Florida has the highest rate of bicycle-related deaths of any state in the nation with .57 per 100,000 people, which is more than double the national average. In recent years, many states have found ways to significantly cut their deaths resulting from bicycle-motor vehicle accidents, however; Florida has reduced its number by less than 10 percent. Although many states are making roads safer for bicyclists, they remain twice as likely to die in an accident than an occupant of a motor vehicle.
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 Pedestrian Accident Attorney 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. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website or call 407-490-1271 to discuss your legal options in greater detail.