• Lisa Brown

Common Causes of Bicycles Accidents and 7 Steps You Can to Take Avoid Them

If you haven’t noticed, more people are turning to bicycles for transportation and exercise. Unfortunately, with this increase in bicycle usage, there has also been an increase in bicycle accidents.  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Florida routinely leads the list of the worst states for bicyclists.  In 2018, there were 6,568 bicycle crashes in Florida, resulting in 148 deaths and 6,175 injuries. In 2019, the counties making up the Tampa Bay area saw the following number of bicycle accidents:

  1. Hillsborough: 543 bike crashes, 11 of which were fatal

  2. Pinellas: 513 bike crashes, 6 of which were fatal

  3. Pasco: 191 bike crashes, 8 of which were fatal

  4. Polk: 136 bike crashes, 7 of which were fatal

  5. Manatee: 120 bike crashes, 4 of which were fatal

  6. Sarasota: 179 bike crashes, 6 of which were fatal

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

While the most common cause of bicycle accidents are falls involving only the rider, the statistics show that vehicle versus bicycle accidents are alarmingly occurring with more frequency. This is likely due to the increase in our population, and in the spread of our communities, many of which emphasize and promote outdoor activities for their residents.

Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents involving vehicles include:

  1. Distracted Driving

  2. Aggressive driving/driver impatience

  3. Driver inexperience

  4. Speeding

  5. Impaired Driving

  6. Rider inattention

  7. Unsafe crossing

  8. Inexperienced/improper night riding

In addition to these causes, road conditions often times can cause or contribute to a bicycle accident. For example, an area of roadway in disrepair can force a bicyclist into a vehicle’s lane of travel, causing an accident to occur. This is why it is of the utmost importance for both the driver and cyclist to be fully aware of their surroundings at all times.

7 Tips to Avoid Being Involved in a Ruskin Bicycle Accident

The following are some additional tips that help you avoid being involved in a bicycle accident.

  1. Make sure that your bike fits you

  2. Make sure that your bike is in proper working order

  3. Make sure that you and your bike are equipped with proper reflective gear and equipment

  4. Carry all of your items in a backpack or secure them to your bike

  5. Avoid listening to music or talking on your cellphone so you can hear possible hazards and warnings

  6. Go with the flow of traffic

  7. Avoid sudden crossings or lane changes

Trust SouthShore Injury Attorneys With Your Ruskin Bicycle Accident Claim

These are just a few of the tips you should use while bicycling to best protect yourself from getting into a bicycle accident. Unfortunately, no matter how safe a person tries to be, accidents can still happen. If you’re in need of help following a Ruskin bicycle accident, the attorneys at SouthShore Injury Attorneys are experienced in representing personal injury cases throughout the State of Florida. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact SouthShore Injury Attorneys at (813) 419-3866 for a free consultation.

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