The weather in Florida is often conducive to riding bicycles, so people who drive in this state must always be alert. There are many things that bicyclists and motorists can do to help keep these bicycle riders safe. One of these is to know the risk factors that are present for bicycle injuries.
Some of these include:
- Gender: Males are four times more likely to suffer injuries and six times more likely to die than females in a bike accident.
- Age: Bicyclists who are 50 to 59 years old are the most likely to die in a crash. Youths who are 5 to 19 years old are more likely to suffer injuries than any other age group.
- Location: Bicyclist deaths are higher in urban areas than rural ones and at non-intersections rather than intersections.
- Impairment: Alcohol use by the bicycle rider or motorist increases the risk of fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. It’s a factor in 37% of cases.
There are many things that can help to keep bicyclists safe. The use of bicycle lanes is a huge one. Motorists should remember to respect the right-of-way of bicyclists. Driving aggressively around bicycles can lead to considerable harm, so all motorists should avoid that behavior. Additionally, motorists should watch when they’re opening the vehicle door near a bike lane or other area where bicycles travel so they can prevent dooring.
Bicyclists who suffer harm in a wreck with a vehicle should ensure that they know their rights. This includes the right to seek compensation for the damages they suffered in the crash. If you’re in this position, you should discuss your options with your attorney.