- Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, or eating and drinking.
- Drowsy driving, which is particularly common among commercial truckers.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Aggressive driving, such as excessive speeding.
- Failure to obey the Florida rules of the road.
- Is it legal to ride a bike with headphones on in Florida?
- Does wearing headphones while riding a bike increase the risk of an accident?
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Hearing aids are permitted.
- Headphones are permitted when riding in an area, such as a bike path, that’s not considered part of a road.
- You can wear one earbud for cell phone use.
Why it’s dangerous to ride a bike with headphones onWhat’s the big deal about wearing headphones while riding a bike? While it sounds harmless enough, there’s a good reason why the state of Florida has rules in place to protect against this form of distracted cycling. If you’re listening to your headphones, you may not be paying full attention to the road. Being unable to hear what’s happening around you may make your ride more peaceful, but it’s actually dangerous. You won’t be able to hear if someone beeps at you or if a police car or ambulance is approaching with its siren on. And because of this, you’re more prone to cause an accident that results in serious injuries for you. Just the same as operating a motor vehicle, there are too many risks associated with having headphones on when biking.
How to protect yourself against distracted cyclingSince it’s against the law in Florida, there’s only one thing you should consider doing: leaving your headphones at home. If you don’t have access to your headphones, you won’t be tempted to plug them in, no matter how empty the roads seem. This ensures that you don’t violate the law, while also taking steps that enhance your overall level of safety when out on Florida’s dangerous roads. Always remember this: there’s nothing more important than your safety and well-being.
Left your headphones at home but still suffered a bike accident?Even if you take every step possible to protect yourself, there’s always a risk that you could suffer a car accident. Florida is known for being one of the most dangerous states in the country for bicyclists. For example, deaths among bicyclists over the age of 20 in Florida have tripled over the past 45 years. Here’s something else to think about: of the 783 bicyclists who were killed in bicycle accidents in 2017, 125 were from Florida. That makes up approximately 16 percent of all fatal accidents. Should you find yourself injured as the result of a bicycle-car accident in Florida, here’s what you should do:
- Call 911 for help (the dispatcher can send an ambulance and police to the scene)
- Remain calm as you administer first-aid
- Accept medical treatment both at the scene and a local hospital