Florida has the unfortunate distinction of reporting more fatal bicycle accidents each year than anywhere else in America. With Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade consistently reporting more accidents than anywhere else in the state, the winter tourist season is a dangerous time for bicycle accidents in Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas.
The Palm Beach Post recently reported that Segway rentals are also becoming more popular with tourists and can lead to Segway accidents. Whether Segways or bicycles, riders are at increased risk during the busy winter tourism season.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 716 riders were killed in bicycle accidents in 2008 and more than 53,000 were injured. About 1 in 6 of those accidents occurred in Florida, where bicycle accidents claimed 125 lives. California was the only other state that reported more than 100 deaths, with 109 fatal bicycle accidents.
Last year, 8,000 children were among the more than 50,000 injured.
Safe Florida bicycling tips include:
-Wear a helmet
-Make sure your bicycle fits you properly and is well-maintained
-Learn and follow the rules of the road
-Be predictable — act like the driver of a vehicle
-Drive with care and share the road.
-Stay focused and stay alert
Download a safe cycling brochure here.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident in South Florida, contact Freeman & Mallard. Serving clients in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce areas. Call today for a free consultation. 1-800-529-2368.