Bicycle Safety Tips
If you are a cyclist in Florida, then access to bicycle safety tips and information is critical. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Florida roadways result in over 50% more deaths than the next closest state. They report that in 2020, there were 5,935 bicycle crashes. This is down from 2019, which had 6,665 reported cycling crashes. There were also 161 fatalities in 2020, and 157 in 2019. This is surprising, considering the use of bicycles has significantly risen in Florida during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Florida Bicycle Injury Statistics:
It is no surprise why Florida is notorious for being a dangerous state for cycling. See below bicycle accident statistics for the last 3 years.
2020: There were 5,935 reported bicycle crashes, 5,568 injuries from bicycles, and 161 fatalities.
2019: There were 6,665 reported bicycle crashes, 6,229 injuries from bicycles, and 157 fatalities.
2018: There were 6,590 reported bicycle crashes, 6,183 injuries from bicycles, and 160 fatalities.
Sharing the road with motor vehicles makes cyclists in Florida much more vulnerable than those using other modes of transportation. With some basic knowledge and information on bicycle safety, you can proactively avoid being a statistic.
My Top Bicycle Safety Tips Include:
Obey The Laws: In Florida, bicycles are legally defined as vehicles and bicyclists are considered drivers. A bicyclist has the same rights to the roadways as motor vehicles and must obey the same traffic laws. Those laws include requiring Florida bicyclists to wear a helmet if under the age of 16, lighting equipment when riding at night and working brakes. A bicyclist can be charged with a moving violation for running stop signs or a signal or riding on the wrong side of the road – against traffic. Following these laws will not only keep you legal, they will keep you alive.
Visibility: Wearing some type of light reflector is required by law and having more than one is just common sense. Many drivers are distracted and you want to do everything possible to make sure they can see you. That would include red bicycle lights that flash in back, and white lights in front. Wear bright colored clothing and try to ride on well-lit bicycle routes.
Maintenance: Before each ride, check your bicycle to be sure it is in working order. If your brakes fail while riding in traffic or around others, where a sudden stop becomes necessary, that could cause serious injury or death. You have a duty to maintain your bicycle in a reasonably safe condition and to avoid any risk of harm to others caused by your failure to do so.
Wear A Helmet: As mentioned above, if under the age of 16 in Florida, a helmet is mandatory, but for the rest of us it is very necessary as well. The law may not require it, but again, common sense does. If you become ejected from a bicycle for whatever reason, striking your head on the ground becomes likely. Head injuries can be avoided by following this simple safety tip whenever you get on a bicycle.
Distractions: Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones or earbuds because they will prevent you from hearing possible alerts, car horns, etc. Pay attention to your surroundings and always assume that a vehicle driver does not see you before you make a move. Parked cars always pose a risk as well if a car door opens in your path. Finally, don’t ride impaired.
Following these basic bicycle safety tips just might keep you alive. If you have any questions about bicycle accidents or injuries caused by bicycle accidents, contact my law firm at (877) Gluck-Law and schedule your free consultation any time.