Bicycle Danger in the Sunshine State

Alejandro Hermis needed to buy a loaf of bread, so he rode his bicycle to Winn-Dixie for a quick shopping trip. However, on his way home, an SUV struck the bicycle from behind. Unfortunately, Mr. Hermis did not survive the crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicles injured 52,000 cyclists nationwide in 2011. Bicycle danger is especially prevalent in Florida, where the roadways simply aren’t designed to accommodate cyclists. According to Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad, there are several main problems. There are not enough sidewalks and bicycle paths. Also, the medians are too narrow.

When riding a bicycle, it is important to follow proper safety procedures. For example:

  • Wear a helmet that fits properly
  • Inspect your bicycle before every ride
  • When possible, ride on marked paths
  • When on the road, ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Use proper hand signals to alert your path to other vehicles
  • Make yourself visible to other vehicles with reflective clothing

Oftentimes, there’s nothing a cyclist can do to prevent an accident from happening. If you sustained a bicycle-related injury due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you should hold them responsible. An experienced Florida personal injury attorney can help you recover for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and even pain and suffering. At the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A., we’ll stand by your side and fight for what’s right. Call our office today.

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