Florida’s weather makes our state ideal for bicycle riding year-round. But, Florida is also the most dangerous place in the U.S. to ride a bicycle. In 2017, 116 Florida cyclists died in an accident, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Although Florida law treats bicycles and other two-wheeled vehicles the same as automotive traffic, our streets weren’t built to accommodate them. This puts bicyclists at an increased risk of accidents while riding with other traffic, even on streets with bike lanes.
Drunk drivers, those who text while driving, as well as road hazards like potholes or debris can also endanger a bicyclist who can’t avoid them.
Because there’s no protection as there is with a car, a bicyclist can suffer more severe injuries, such as:
These injuries may be life-long and curtail not only your bike riding but your ability to return to work.
If you’ve been injured while riding a bike due to the negligence of another, you may be able to recover damages for:
Florida Statute 95.11 includes a statute of limitations of four years to file a claim. However, in some circumstances, you may have a shorter time frame for filing. Wrongful death claims only have a time limit of two years. If you’ve lost a loved one or have been hurt in an accident on a bicycle, the sooner you begin working with a bicycle accident attorney, the better.
Enjoy your bike riding, but always be safe. If you’ve been hurt in an accident and need legal help, contact Klein Law Group.
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