May is Bicycle Safety Month in America. In areas across South Florida, you may begin seeing more bikes on the roads for Bike to Work Week, May 16-20, which culminates in Bike to Work Day on Friday the 20th.
Car accidents involving bicycles are unfortunately not uncommon, especially in Florida. According to a Tampa Tribune article from August of last year, Florida had the highest rate of bicycling deaths in the nation at that time, at 0.57 deaths per 100,000 people. The nationwide average was 0.23 deaths per 100,000 people.
Nationwide, 726 bicyclists were killed in bike accidents in 2012. Another 49,000 suffered serious injuries. Most of the fatal accidents involved male bicyclists, and accidents between the hours of 4 pm and 12 am. Most of the deadly crashes occurred in urban areas.
Please consider the following bicycle safety month tips:
- Always wear a helmet when you are bicycling
- When passing a bicycle, allow at least 3 feet of space between you and the bicycle
- Don't honk at bicyclists – the sound can be so loud that it could cause the bicyclist to swerve into traffic
- On your bicycle, obey the same rules you would as a motorist
- Signal an intention to turn on your bike
- Wear bright, visible colors when bicycling
- Check for bicycles when making turns in a vehicle
- Don't drive distracted
If you are searching for an experienced, skilled accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding areas, please call Canter Law South Florida Injury Lawyers at 561-447-4500.